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Vientiane – what to do in the capital of Laos

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in All posts, Laos | 0 comments

The capital of Vientiane has little of a bustling central city. It projects village atmosphere and the amount of tourist attractions is narrow. Most hotels are located in this touristy part, which makes it easy to explore the city, even by foot. To visit Vientiane we did not need to take tuktuk rides nor rent a bike. There is not that much to do really but it is a pleasant place to visit for a day or two. Here is a list of things, if you don’t know where to start: Feel golden at the most important religious monument dating back to the 16th century, That Luang Stupa.   Patuxay – the Victory Gate or Gate of Triumph, is the landmark in Vientiane and situated right in the city’s centre, in the middle of a big roundabout.   The...

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Vientiane’s treasures: Buddha Park and That Luang Stupa

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in All posts, Laos | 0 comments

If you fancy some unconventional Buddhist craziness in Laos and the idea of entering an overdimensional pumpkin through a wide-open mouth in order to transcend from hell to earth to heaven, doesn’t scare you – you are the right candidate for Vientiane’s Buddha Park. Buddha Park (Xieng Khuan) is located a 40 minute drive from Vientiane, about 24km south of the capital. The park is an open air space (bring an umbrella/sun protection) with many sculptures and statues from Buddhist and Hindu tradition. Built in 1958 by philosopher and shaman priest Bunleua Sulilat who constructed religious and mythological icons out of reinforced concrete, it is considered one of the major sights of Vientiane, despite the distant location. Sadly Bunleua Sulilat fled the country to Thailand due to communist repression. The park is now state owned. Sulilat has made another...

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Lao food and favourite restaurants

Posted by on Oct 5, 2013 in All posts, Laos | 0 comments

Lao cuisine has similarities to Thai cooking and is just as delicious. Laos is well prepared to care for hungry tourists. All restaurants have English menus and the restaurant staff usually speak enough English to be able to customize orders if need be. The prices for food are very accessible. You can eat at food stalls for which is incredibly cheap or at restaurants (still very cheap). We paid on average 10-15 Euros for two meals, starters and fruit shakes while eating at the best restaurants in town. Lao people are friendly and trying to fulfil customers wishes as much as possible. The menus have a good variety of dishes, ranging from Lao eats (like laab and jeow) to typical western tourist dishes (pizza and pasta) and European breakfasts (muesli, toast, eggs). The fresh fruit shakes and platters are...

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Cheap but great hotels in Luang Prabang and the capital of Laos

Posted by on Oct 3, 2013 in All posts, Laos | 0 comments

Why Laos? The service, food and the people are generally fantastic in Laos. It reminds us of what Thailand, Bangkok was 17 years ago, when we first visited. Unspoiled by tourists. Friendly locals, good restaurants, no mass tourism but great accommodation for slim budgets. Nature, waterfalls and adventure tours. Enough entertainment not to get bored but also the place to lay back with a good book. While the capital Vientiane has chosen to move towards modernity with first shopping malls and big hotels emerging, Luang Prabang has tastefully preserved its traditional ancient look and bygone French flair. We liked the tranquil and rural quality of Laotian cities so much that we decided to stay in Luang Prabang all the way until it was time to disembark for our (rented) home in Japan by the end of September. No need...

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