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Visit to Vientiane in Laos

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Vientiane


In the end we stayed at The Orchid, a hostel that overlooked the river and charged 17 Kips (1 euro = 10,900 kips) for a double room with air conditioning, TV, bathroom and wifi. There are them for a better price but it is one of the few places we found that were not full.

The tourist and local life of the capital occurs in 3 or 4 streets near the Mekong from the fall of the Sun, when temperatures drop and one can go outside without melting.

Crowds of restaurants, cafes and some bars dot these narrow streets full of foreign tourists with T-shirts from Thailand or Vietnam, fisherman's pants and hippie attire. There is no shortage of the first signs of sex tourism, so widely spread throughout this area of ‚Äč‚ÄčAsia. We saw quite a few men who arrived at 60 accompanied by local youth in the bars in front of the Mekong.

The heat stroke after coming from a rather cold China, left me out of combat for a couple of days but we could go through the few points of interest in the city such as Arch of Triumph, replica of the French colonizers.

For lovers of Buddhist temples, I advise you to take a map of the city and ask them to point you to the most important in any of the tourist offices in the area.

The most entertaining and effective way to travel the city is by bicycle. You do not need to rent a mountain bike since it is a fairly flat and paved city. You can find them for up to 8,000 Kips a day in several places, 1 being the average price.

There is a Buddha park that is half an hour from the city. All agencies organize excursions to the place at very affordable prices but you can also try your luck with a tuk-tuk.

At dusk the Mekong promenade comes alive with kids just out of school doing sports, flirting and strutting with motorcycles, the typical lamp markets, bags, and other Asian crafts and hordes of foreigners returning from their daytime tour sweat clogged or they leave the terraces of the bar where they have spent the hot hours drinking something fresh.

We walked up and down and had dinner at several restaurants with good food at a good price. Almost all the premises have free wi-fi for their clients.

When we had recovered our forces we took a bus to Vang Vieng, about 5 hours north of the capital.

Honestly, a city that I didn't like very much and in which we only had the right time.

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