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Vientiane, Laos

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Charlie and I are currently sitting in a coffee shop in Vientiane, the capital of Laos, waiting for our night bus to Luang Prabang. We normally wait a day or two after we have left a location before we update the blog. However, due to the fact that we have had such an exciting and enjoyable time in the city we are adding this next installment before we even leave the city!

We both agree that, so far, Vientiane has been the most interesting, inspiring and friendly city we have visited during our journey. The city is nestled on the Thai border - separated only by the Mekong river - and is fast becoming a 'must see' for the SE Asian backpacking community. Money is being poured into the infrastructure here to help cope with the rapidly increasing number of tourists, businesses and entrepreneurs in the city and it is easy to see that this place will grow and grow over the next few years. Vietnam, Japan, France and Thailand have all invested heavily into the area to help create a really vibrant and inspired environment. More akin to a small town, both in size and population, Vientiane is steeped in French colonial and Chino-soviet influences. You are as likely to see middle aged men playing boules, locals eating croissants and drinking coffee, as you are to see the ghastly remnants of 1960s soviet/socialist architecture and the constant flying of Chinese and soviet flags!

Needless to say the French influenced cafes, restaurants and coffee houses have been very hard for both Charlie and I to resist and we have eaten our fair share of cake!! We have also eaten at some nice restaurants and at around £11/12 for a good three course meal even our backpacker budget has accommodated some really nice food. I think we will come down to earth with a bang when we start eating noodles and rice again, oh well, it has been lovely whilst it has lasted.

Luang Prabang will hopefully give us the chance to see more of rural Laos and we will update you with our next adventures about the area in the next few days.

Ross and Charlie

Posted by charlieandross 01:02 Archived in Laos

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WOW! Great write up Rossy - Vientiane sounds like another world.... so good to hear that you are sucking up so much of it and it now sounds like you are on a real high. Think of you both a lot right now - the photos bring a smile to our faces everytime we get a little update - simply brilliant. Much love to you both and take care, Phil & Ang. x

by philsnipes

Hi Ross and Charlie,

I finally pulled my finger out of my fundament and got round to having a look at your blog!

It's great to see you are both having such a great time! Your photos are fantastic and it's good to see you are making the most of it. I bet work must seem like a really distant memory... Needless to say Ross, you aren't missing much and very little has changed!

Keep living the dream! All the best, Martin G

by lazychump

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