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Patuxay

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  • Day207

    Vientiane

    December 28, 2018 in Laos ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Compared to the other capital cities we have visited in South East Asia Vientiane is just a village. Almost everything is in walking distance and it is much cleaner than the very dirty cities of Phnom Penh and Hanoi. We walked around and explored the city.

    Verglichen mit den anderen Hauptstädten in Südostasien ist Vientiane nur ein kleines Dorf. Es ist deutlich ruhiger und vor allem sauberer als das dreckige Phnom Penh oder Hanoi. Hier konnten wir heute alle Sehenswürdigkeiten zu Fuß erreichen.Read more

  • Day10

    Vientiane: Tag 1 - Sightseeing III

    January 31 in Laos ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Zu Fuß geht es weiter, an der französischen Botschaft vorbei - die Kolonialherren müssen sich gut verbarrikadieren 😎. Direkt gegenüber, steht ne Schrabbelbude, aber dennoch schön, anzuschauen. Nach ca. 1,5 km kommt man zum "Patuxi", dem Triumphbogen nachempfunden. Erbaut 1969, ist eine Spende der USA, der Zement sollte eigentlich für einen Airport verwendet werden. Der Aufstieg kostet 3.000 KIP, ein Schnäppchen. Von oben hat man ne wirklich tolle Aussicht!
    Unten am Brunnen ist richtig Stimmung, es gibt auch paar Frittenbuden für das leibliche Wohl 😁.
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  • Day20

    Day 20 - Monster of Concrete

    February 27, 2017 in Laos ⋅ ⛅ 79 °F

    A 5am wake up call to head to Luang Prabang airport. Matt began to get the stress shakes when he realised none of the coffee selling establishments were open at 5.50am when we arrived yet though his panic didn't last too long. Though the souvenir gift stands opened first. That's multiple stands, for a small airport where the man on security also directed us to our plane by vaguely pointing to 'the middle plane' before we wandered freely over the tarmac. I'm not sure his security skills were up to much either as I made the machine beep, took of my shoes, beeped again and he shrugged and let me go.

    A short flight mostly spent killed mosquitos with the in flight magazine and we landed in Vientiane. We've gone slightly more upmarket here and spent a whopping £35 on an actual hotel so we had a driver to pick us. Much appreciated to avoid the early morning tuk tuk bargaining and they let us check in early.

    We soon headed out though as what we've learnt about Laos is its unbearably hot after about 2pm. First stop was a cafe for a second breakfast (mmm croissants) then a general wander. Minor mishap in that someone tripped off a curb and hurt their ankle. And it wasn't me! It's not too bad he says, hobbling on. We went on regardless and walked through Chao Anouvong Park, named after the man of the same name in the statue that's there. We also saw a pick up truck drive past pumping out music with a big gold Buddha and a monk on the back - hastily taken picture in the photo section.

    We went round a couple of temples on the way back as it's been at least a week since we went in one. As they say frequently in Laos (it's even on t-shirts) 'Same Same but Different'. Though one temple was having the painted wall murals painstakingly restored which was interesting to watch. No photos allowed though to 'prevent thefts and schemes'.

    Next stop was lunch at a place called Noy's Fruit Heaven. We had lovely smoothies and pittas. There was however a very sad eyed dog watching us eat and breaking my heart. The guys who worked there obviously felt the same as they went and got him half a white baguette (that famous doggie treat). He turned his nose up at that but enjoyed a piece of mayonnaise covered chicken Matt dropped.

    Last stop before heading back to the hotel was the Patuxai which is a war memorial looking not unlike the Arc de Triomphe - ironic seeing as it's commemorate the war to get independence from French rule. The very honest signage calls it a 'monster of concrete'. I actually like the monster though and we climbed to the top for view over the city (after we passed the ton of souvenir stalls on the way up).

    Air con and pool time followed before heading out to dinner at 'Sticky Fingers'. Margaritas and surprisingly good bangers and mash were the order of the day. That and listening to the sound from across the street from a stall where you had to try and pop balloons with darts - tuneful. When the noise got too much we traipsed through the night market to look at all the knock off goods and found another bar which had reasonably priced red wine.
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  • Day56

    Vientiane

    August 8, 2018 in Laos ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    The bus ride from Vang Vieng to Vientiane was pleasant compared to previous tortures. So we were still pretty refreshed to go out and explore the vicinity of our hostel. It's a pretty small city for being a capital with just around 200.000 inhabitants. Consequently it has a really laid back and relaxed atmosphere making it perfect for a stroll. We visited the Victory arch in the middle of the center which is the major landmark. Afterwards we took a detour to a Wat which is named the "Black Stupa". Nothing too impressive to see...
    The next day we took a bus to the outskirts to the city next to the Mekong River and the border to Thailand. There is the so-called Buddha Park, a seemingly random area with all kinds of statues of gods and goddesses. A rather impressive sight even though the composition is pretty random and there's absolutely no information on the history or the statues itself 😅 We took the bus back, had a quick lunch and then hired bikes to go to "Lao's most important cultural landmark" - a golden stupa located within beautifully renovated temples. Even though I didn't like the massive fake golden shiny stupa it was still nice to look at from a distance. Vientiane is a nice city but it lacks the natural features other parts of Laos has to offer.
    An evening stroll along the Mekong river and the night markets with a traditional Laotian barbecue concluded our journey to Indochina. It was an amazing experience and we enjoyed all three countries that have similarities and yet are so different.
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  • Day270

    Patuxai, Vientiane, Laos

    May 24 in Laos ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Nahe unseres Hostels wollen wir ein Motorbike mieten, doch dort sollen wir unsere Passports hinterlegen. Nicht mit uns, da zahlen wir lieber bei unserem Hostel etwas drauf. Die wollen zwar auch einen Passport haben, aber mit etwas Überredungskunst (Strafbarkeit, sich ausweisen können müssen, deutsche Gesetze) dürfen wir meinen Personalausweis und eine Kopie des Reisepass abgeben.
    Unser erstes Ziel ist das am Vortag bereits passierte Monument "Patuxai". Beeindruckend, aber das Geld zum Parken ist es uns dann doch nicht wert und so drehen wir im Kreisel einfach eine Runde.
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  • Day45

    Verkorkste Ankunft (Vientiane)

    December 30, 2016 in Laos ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Um dem größten Partyrummel (und dem Totalabsturz 😬) zu Neujahr zu entgehen, nahmen wir Abschied von VV und brachen auf in die laotische Hauptstadt Vientiane. Am frühen Nachmittag erreichten wir unser Hostel und brachen direkt auf, um die fußläufigen Sehenswürdigkeiten anzuschauen. Jedoch wollte alles nicht so wirklich klappen wie geplant: Zuerst führte uns ein kaputter BH in eine wunderhässliche Shopping-Mall anstatt in die geplanten Tempel. Am Abend wollten wir dann am hosteleigenen PC die inzwischen schon zu Hauf geschossenen Bilder von den Einzelgeräten (Handy/GoPro/etc.) auf mitgenommene Speichermedien kopieren. Der Computer sprang aber nicht an (was vom Hostelmitarbeiter noch nicht mal mit einem müden Schulterzucken quittiert wurde). Ersatzweise wollten wir den Übertragungsprozess in ein nahegelegenes Internetcafe verlegen, mussten aber feststellen, dass dieses schon am frühen Abend (des 30.12.) bis nach Neujahr die Schotten dicht gemacht hatte (obwohl der 01.01. in Laos kein offizieller Feiertag ist). Außerdem fanden wir an der nur sehr mittelprächtigen Flusspromenade keinen (in Karten verzeichneten) Nachtmarkt vor. Die einzig an diesem Nachmittag besuchte Sehenswürdigkeit - ein Museum über den "stillen Krieg" auf dem Ho-Chi-Minh-Pfad in Laos sowie die Folgen dieses für die hiesige Bevölkerung - konnte (obwohl dokumentatorisch sehr gut und anschaulich aufbereitet) die Stimmung (dem Thema geschuldet) auch nicht heben.Read more

  • Day30

    Vientiane

    November 20, 2018 in Laos ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    I’ve never really heard anything about Laos, and was quite curious to see what the country would be like. I arrived in the capital, which doesn’t really feel like a capital at all. Nonetheless, it is quite an interesting place. I stayed at Barn 1920s, an amazing hostel where I met really nice and interesting people.

    I was lucky enough to coincidently be there during the That Luang Festival, which is the country’s most important event, when Lao people from all over the countries come to the That Luang stupa to give their offerings to the monks. I also watched some cultural performances on the street.

    On one of the nights I went out to a bar by myself, if we the first time I've ever done this. The night turned into an incredible experience in which I talked to a local Lao person (Lae) and a French guy who moved to Laos four years ago (Yannick). We talked about culture, politics, education, life choices and relationships, which was incredible and inspiring.

    I've also met people of different ages who left everything, quit their job, and went traveling. This is so inspiring and it keeps reminding me that there's much more to life than what we often see (and get used to) in our daily lives.
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