Vientiane Journals

Vientiane: Love from First Sip

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A travel journal to Vientiane by SeenThat

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Quote: While arriving at Vientiane, you will immediately recognize that you are in a capital city, due to the official buildings, the monuments, and the wide, shaded boulevards, but near them, fishermen using ancient techniques still trawl in the Mekong River; this dichotomy is part of the town’s charm.

Vientiane: Love from First Sip

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Overview

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This laid-back, small town provides a surprising amount of sights, maybe due to its complicated history, which lead Communist, French, and Buddhist heritages to blend gracefully, creating a magical spot living in its own time-bubble. Most visitors arrive here from Thailand and it does not take long for them to find that they have returned to a culture that appreciates bread and coffee; together with the architectonic style of many official buildings and to the urban design of its center, these are blessed leftovers from the colonial period. The actual Communist era provided some unusual constructions and sites, the most remarkable being the National Theatre, the National or Revolutionary Museum and th...Read More

Sabaidy Guesthouse

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Hotel

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One of the most inexpensive guesthouses in Vientiane is the Sabaidy; the name means "feeling good" in the Lao and Thai languages. It has an exceptionally good location at the center of the town, very close to the Namphou fountain, to the Mixai Temple and one block away from the beautiful promenade along the Mekong River.The original building was a two floors colonial French structure, which was re-modeled into a three low floors one by the owner, an architect educa...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 4, 2005

Lao Plaza Hotel

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Hotel

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One of the few recognizable structures in Vientiane from across the Mekong River, the Lao Plaza Hotel can truly claim to be an international hotel. The Thai town of Srichiangmai in Thailand is located in front of Vientiane and allows a clear view of the Lao Plaza cubic structure; especially at night when its greenish neon advertisements are on.Unless you visit Vientiane, a tiny town whose downtown can be easily explored by foot, it is hard to understand how out of p...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 11, 2007

Lao Plaza Hotel
63 Samsenethai Road
Vientiane, Laos
856 21 2188001

Pha That Luang (Great Sacred Stuppa)

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Attraction

Pha That Luang (Great Sacred Stuppa) Photo, Vientiane, Laos
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TempleThe Pha That Luang is one of the biggest stuppas in the world and the national symbol of Laos. Stuppas are designed to resemble the Buddha’s rice bowl, folded garments and walking stick arranged vertically, but they can also be interpreted as a symbol of the three different stages in the Buddhist spiritual development. The asymptotic approach of the temple to Nirvana at its top is especially meaningful and symbolic. StructurePha ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 14, 2007

Pha That Luang (Great Sacred Stuppa)
Pha That Luang Plaza
Vientiane

A Coffee in the Morning Market

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Story/Tip

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Each one of my visits to the central part of Laos or its south, were enlightened by this unique delight. Much earlier, at the end of the 19th century, French settlers planted coffee in the volcanic ground of the Bolaven plateau in south Laos, a place originally inhabited by the Laven people. Despite the extremely high quality of the local product, both Arabica and Robusta varieties, it is mainly ignored by the world, maybe a result of the low yields; for example in the year 2000 it was just 13900 metric tons, most of them used in the local market. The small quantities exported, always get record prices without any dependence in the international coffee market situation, a modest recognition of its hig...Read More