Vientiane Journals

Vientiane Vits: A Forced Alliteration

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A September 2006 trip to Vientiane by SeenThat

Temple Guardian Photo, Vientiane, Laos More Photos
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Tai Pan Hotel

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Hotel

Tai Pan Hotel Photo, Vientiane, Laos
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The ChainTai Pan is the name of a hotels' chain operating in East Asia. They have an aggressive marketing and offer discounts for members of their customer's club. However, the membership is expensive and cannot be justified when finding a place in hotels is never a problem in that area, regardless the desired luxury level. I didn't join the club, but checked out their hotel in Vientiane.The LocationTai Pan Vientiane is superbly located, despite the fact it doesn't enjoy a direct view of the Mekong River. The promenade and all the other main downtown attr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 5, 2007

Tai Pan Hotel
2-12 Francois Nginn Street
Vientiane, Laos

Nita Guesthouse: The Burglary Event

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Hotel | "Mixok Guesthouse: Escaping a Tsunami"

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Following the burglary event described in my Nita Guesthouse entry, I moved to Mixok Guesthouse for a few days. The choice was logical since in such an open environment it would be difficult for the thieves to approach my belongings again: there was always a watchful crowd present. Mixok Guesthouse is a hybrid establishment; showing an extraordinary elasticity the place combines two dormitory rooms with a few private quarters hanging from the walls at curious angles and accessible through shaky wood stairs.The Qualifying DilemmaWhile trying to qualify Mixok, I found myself contemplating a complex dilemma. How should I judge a place purposely pos...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 9, 2007

Nita Guesthouse: The Burglary Event
19 Saylom Road
Vientiane, Laos
+856 (21) 21 3986

Mixai Temple

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Attraction

Temple Guardian Photo, Vientiane, Laos
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In a city with so many Buddhist temples of importance, Mixai may be considered the underdog. Despite being on a superb location, trapped between downtown and the Mekong River Promenade, it doesn't appear in the lists of Vientiane's main attractions. Its location next to the night market's edge, the promenade and many restaurants suggests a leisure visit, in which its attractive features would be thoroughly appreciated.This weird situation offers a golden opportuni...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 9, 2007

Vientiane’s Night Market

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Attraction

A Single Postcard Town Photo, Sorata, Bolivia
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Food stalls in South East Asia markets specialize in one or two dishes; seldom is it possible to eat a complete meal in the western meaning just by sitting at one of them. At first sight the practice may seem impractical, but that does not make sense while speaking about pragmatic Asian people.The explanation to the apparent paradox can be found by visiting a typical Asian market like the one in Vientiane. The vast majority of the denizens prefer...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 11, 2007

Vientiane’s People

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Stuppa Festival Photo, Vientiane, Laos
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Travelling in Laos is a tiring experience. Long distances, narrow roads, old vehicles and the most rustic accommodations assure the moment will arrive when a traveller will exclaim: "Enough!"Luckily, Vientiane is never more than a couple of days away. The town allows restoring energy with excellent French meals and Laotian coffee, meeting other travellers and locals capable and willing to speak with foreigners.During my stays there I found several of those, but two of th...Read More