Three days of the rat race of Kuala Lumpur was about all that we could handle. Now, don’t get me wrong, we really enjoyed the sights of the huge bustling city, except of course for having our smartphone/camera ripped off. For details see our previous post. We should also plug our accommodations at the Crossroads Hotel, full of friendly and helpful staff and a very charming rooftop cafe. Order the Mamek Mee for dinner, it was delicious. So, it was time to move on to our next planned destination, the capital of Laos, Vientiane. As this was my first visit to a ‘Communist’ country, I had no idea what to expect.
Carrie booked us a room at the New Loa Paris Hotel, pretty much in the center of the ‘hip’ area. We were ready with our passport photos and $35/each for our entry visa. We boarded our flight pretty much on time and 2.5-hours later landed in Vientiane.
It was about a 15-minute taxi ride from the airport to town. Our cab driver was about my age, so I asked him if he spoke French. “ Un petit peu”, he said. Turned out that his father was French and mother Loa. So, we had ancestry in common. Carrie’s post covered the charming aspect of this quaint, laid-back capital city, so you already have a feel for the vibe. My favorite foods were local pork sausage and laab. The food was awesome and we did note a heavy dose of capitalism.
Enough talk. Here are a few pictures that hopefully will provide you with a feeling of the cities charm.
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