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  1. The Miles Professor
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    Wow, I just love the Buddha statue pictures. Maybe because I’ve never seen them. I currently have a plan to visit Singapore, Phuket and Tokyo in December. My first trip to Asia. If things work out with scheduling with work, I may be able to extend it to Bangkok and/or Chiang Mai to see my first Buddha statues.

    If not this December, the next few years for sure!

  2. Muerl
    Muerl at |

    I think my favorite thing to do in VTE was to sit on the river and drink Beer Lao. There was a lot going on in the parks along the river. Huge Groups of people do aerobics, a HillTrip Night Market, etc.

    Also, there was good Pho, and the National Museum was interesting if strange experience.

    Also, renting a bicycle and riding around the city was interesting.

    We had thought about going to a Football Game but it had sold out.

  3. Jason
    Jason at |

    Glad I skipped VTE and headed straight to the party in Vang Vieng.

  4. LarryInNYC
    LarryInNYC at |

    Was in Vientiane in ’92. Most of the expats in town would gather around a fountain at night and drink the local beer, which was served in plastic orange juice pitchers — large was two liters and small was one liter (there was a black magic marker line on the pitcher to assist in measuring). Damn good beer, too, for such an out of the way place.

    Worst thing was renting Chinese made bicycles that were so bad you had to pedal to go downhill.

  5. Marcus
    Marcus at |

    I actually quite liked Vientiane, it was quieter and less crowded than Vang Vieng or Luang Prabang. Ate great food every day and chill out by the river at sunset.

    Side benefit: Vientiane is a capital city with foreign embassies and consulates, yet fewer travelers. Good place to get visas and other related business done. I got additional pages to my passport at the U.S. consulate. Aside from one local applying for a visa, I was the only other customer.

  6. Aptraveler
    Aptraveler at |

    Well those are some nice pictures of Buddhas. thanks for the tip Seth about the limited possibilities for sightseeing at the capital. Still, it’s on my list when I get to Laos!

  7. Jason Beale
    Jason Beale at |

    And don’t forget to see – That Luang Stupa, Patuxai Victory Arch, Wat Ong Teu (Temple of the Heavy Buddha), Kaysone Phomvihane Museum, and Buddha Park.

  8. Alistair Cunningham
    Alistair Cunningham at |

    Am in Vientiane now, and tend to agree. I should have spent more time in Luang Prabang. Still, it’s only for a few days, and going to Hue on Friday.

  9. Chino
    Chino at |

    Everyone always says get out of VTE immediately. Well, I agree if you’re looking for the dirty farang party scene of Vang Vieng (in which case I’m glad it’s at least contained to a few small areas).

    VTE can be an interesting city to check out. I liked a bar called Wind West. There wasn’t another non Lao person in there on the night my buddy and I went. Good music and met some cool locals. After all, I don’t go to asia to find europeans to hang out with. No offense, but that’s what europe is there for.