Slowing to the Lao pace. Vientiane, Laos

February 13, 2010 at 6:19 am 2 comments

When the french ran Indochine they had a saying that went; “The Vietnamese plant the rice, the Cambodians watch it grow and the Lao listen to it grow” so when we landed in Vientiane we readjusted our pace to ‘barely moving’. This allowed us to remain nonplussed when the queue for visa stamps was an hour long because the staff were busy chatting and dozing; when our bus collected us an hour and a half late; and when it turned out that there really was nothing at all to do in Vientiane. Afterall, in a city where no-one wants to do anything other than occasionally watch the sun set over the top of a beer, why invent activities?

That said, they must be doing something right because Vientiane is a very beautiful, easy to enjoy city and someone must be cleaning it on the sly because I know for a fact that Asian cities don’t keep themselves clean (ahem, Phnom Penh). There are a few downers though including horrific accomodation standards, terrible electrics and a bad internet service. All in all though, the capital of Laos is a breath of fresh air after full-on Cambodia and hectic Ho Chi Minh. Two very lazy thumbs up.

More pictures from Vientiane are available in the gallery


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lisa  |  February 13, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I couldn’t have described Laos any better. Ya hit the button 🙂 gotta love the hours queuing for visas lol

    • 2. yearlongbreakup  |  February 13, 2010 at 4:08 pm

      Hi Lisa. Glad you are enjoying the blog. I know We’re super lucky to be travelling for the year. We’re having a blast! I hope you’ll continue to stay tuned to the blog. Enjoy!


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