I arrived in the land of Laos feeling a bit more than disturbed.
It has been an awful morning, hectic almost. And it felt like a bad omen.
Laos is humid hot. HOT HOT HUMID HOT.
I have been sweating inconsistently the second I stepped out of the glorious air-conditioned cabin of Airasia, oh how I miss the cabin right now.
Vientiane is again, like how I made assumptions of any other country, is not what I expected it to be. Rather than the third-world country I heard and perceived, it’s actually more developed than I expected it to be, though it is no where near a developed city, but with mini-mart, internet café and money exchanger lingering at every corner of the street in the city; I’m pretty much pampered.
The street of Th Fa Ngum bustles with tourists and travellers from all walks of life, I spent my first night here, had my first meal beside the Mekong river, or what’s left of the river.
It was soon that I realized the street contains some of the more expensive street-side food in Laos and miraculously as you walked further away from the area, things get cheaper. Amazing what tourism can do to a place, even if it is just 500 metres away from every other non-touristy street.
Don’t get my wrong, Laos is cheap, but it’s more expensive than I expected it to be (mind note not to underestimate financial growth of another country).
Laos food is either very healthy, or very spicy. Or both.
This should be called spicy noodle in spicy sauce cooked in spicy seasonings and spicy vegetables. Not for the faint hearted.
It’s no wonder I have yet to spot an obese Laotian in sight. They should call Laos the thinnest country in the world, not France.
I love how they pronounce English here though. I remember reading this “must-visit” place called Phu Si in Luang Prabang on lonely planet. Phu Si land… ermm~~~
Or how this menu keeps misleading my innocent little mind…
Anyone want whisky with Cock? I mean cok
Paying money to see ppl chop pig?
This city depresses me for some reason. I can’t quite put it in words.
It could be the fact that the city bears centuries of different rulings and has been under the hands of many kings, once a powerful land beautiful named Land of a Million Elephants in the 17th century, now diminished to a city made up of semi beautiful sculptures and monuments and semi crumbled buildings.
old primary school
The French even misspelled the original Lao as Laos during its last colonisation.
It could be something else that sets me in that mood. No matter.
Everything in Laos is transacted using US dollars or Kip, and ironically, the cheapest exchange rate you can find here is actually at the airport. So for those of you planning to visit Laos, remember to change most of your US currency in Kip at the Laos airport. RM1 is around 2700 Kip (USD 1 = 8740 Kip or 8735 in the city)
At night, the street is sprawled with vendors. The kaleidoscope of colours should not be missed.
It’s nice to see, but seriously.. why do I need a home light deco for?
You will able to locate some local bars around the area where you find most foreign travellers gather.
The most happening club however, and surprisingly, is opened by a Malaysian (so I heard), called the Mekong Deck.
Fancy little place, price of a bistro menu in Melaka.