A travel journal
to Vientiane by SeenThat
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.
The deep-rooted Buddhist traditions contributed the That Luang Stuppa, which few of its size and splendor can be seen elsewhere, the That Dam (black stuppa) carrying the signs of the last Siamese invasion and the Wat Haw Pha Kaew, the former home to the Emerald Buddha, the ruling talisman of the current Chakri dynasty in Thailand. However, the true highlights of the town are its wonderful, welcoming residents.
Coffee lovers all over the world enthusiastically argue over the question which is the best coffee, the prevalent candidates being Blue Mountain from Jamaica and Kona from Hawaii; but the Bolaven Plateau Coffee from that area in South Laos can stand up to them without shame. The limited production means that there are practically no exports of it and thus your visit to Vientiane will provide a unique opportunity to taste it and definitely fall in love afterwards. The slow-flowing Mekong River provides a wonderful spot to spend the evenings.
Unlike neighboring Vietnam and Cambodia, Laos, has a superb public transport system with buses connecting the capital with all the provincial cities; hence, there is no need to book expensive tours to travel within the country. There are two main terminals, the bigger one just in front of the Morning Market in downtown, offering buses mainly to the south and east, and the Northern Terminal some five kilometers to the north. Some destinations are served from both of them, and I recommend visiting them one day before your planned trip to get updated information and to clearly identify the departure bay: that will save surprises at the last moment.
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