Laos! – Vientiane

After 12 hours squeezed into a minivan through the night we make our way across the border to Laos. We recommend crossing the border yourself on foot – don’t go with a tour group, it will take ages! We spend a day in Vientiane, pick up some Vietnamese visas and visit the sights around town. You can’t help but spot the French colonial influence, there are some stunning yet decaying French town-houses dotted around this sleepy capital (some pictures in the Laos gallery). It is a huge change of pace from Thailand, slow and very welcome. I think we are going to like Laos. Next stop is Luang Prabang, voted top destination in the world by NY times a few years back, not very backpacker, but we are at least getting a bus through the mountains…

Vientiane in photos…

Pha That Luang
Pha That Luang
Pha That Luang
Offering at Pha That Luang
Buddhas at Wat Sisaket
Sunset and Beer Lao over the Mekong