Vientiane - A city but not a city as we know it
Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
124Trip End Feb 01, 2012
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Sorry for the constant blog updates but we are trying to catch up before we meet our mates in The Philippines!
The bus journey from Pakse to Vientiene was an experience to say the least. First of all it was freezing as the a/c was on full blast. What is it about Asians and full blast air cons? Secondly we were on the top bunk of a double bed. When I say double bed I really mean a bed and a half as they are built for Asians in mind. Thirdly there was nothing to hold you in so when the bus turned corners you had to hold on for dear life! Last but not least was that the lights went out at 20:30 so it was an early night for us! One word of warning to any single travellers out there. If you do this journey on a night bus they will make you share a bed with anyone they see fit so be prepared to REALLY get to know your fellow travellers!
After a couple of kips (hey, when in Laos do as the Laostians do) we had a walk about town. We really liked the feel of the place. We knew that there are prettier towns awaiting us but we still enjoyed Vientiene. Typical of Laos it is probably the most laid back capitol city in the world. In fact it did not feel like a city at all. If you are not pushed for time Vientiene is worth a visit if only for a day or two. Over to my fellow beer drinker……
It’s such a coincidence that 6 months to the day we were walking along the real Champs Elysees in Paris. Yes we’ve been on the road for 6 months already. It seems like a lifetime ago while at the same time it’s also flown by. Paul and I panicked at the thought of our trip ending in 6 months time (greedy or what?!) so we’ve slashed our budget to try and make it last another year.
After the relatively tranquil two days in the country’s capital our next port of all would prove to be anything but.
More on that when we get there!
Lots of loveKaren and Paulxxxx