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Vientiane (pronounced as "Wieng Chan" by the locals) is the capital city of Laos. I went there on a family vacation last August and boy, did I have a good time. Situated in the Mekong Valley, it is a laid-back city void of traffic jam, noise pollution and other qualities of a bustling metropolis; a perfect getaway from the clutter of urban life.

Vientiane (pronounced as “Wieng Chan” by the locals) is the capital city of Laos. I went there on a family vacation last August and boy, did I have a good time. Situated in the Mekong Valley, it is a laid-back city void of traffic jam, noise pollution and other qualities of a bustling metropolis; a perfect getaway from the clutter of urban life. We checked in the Senesouk Hotel, which is a humble hotel roughly 10 minutes from the Wattay International Airport. With affordable rates, clean rooms, free Internet access, hospitable staffs and close to the center of town, I’d recommend this a good place to stay. The local currency is called kip but Lao people also accept Thailand baht and US dollars. Remember to always bargain, they usually charge more for foreigners.

Getting around in the city is fairly easy. Get a map sold at the hotel and hail a tuk-tuk, an auto-rickshaw that’s really fun to ride in. A majority of the drivers don’t speak fluent English so just point out where you want to go in the map. Locations of interest include the Talat Sao Mall, Talat Sao (“Morning Market”), Patuxai (“Victory Gate”), the Mekong riverside and Pha Tat Luang, their national symbol and the most important religious monument in the country. Nightlife isn’t so fabulous here as most private businesses close at 5pm local time. Vientiane is also popular with their range of exotic cuisine, have a taste if you got the guts. Muslims need not worry about food as there are three halal restaurants, Nazim, Fatima and Ali; all located near the riverside.

I hope this lomolocation entry can serve as a makeshift guide to globetrotters. Vientiane might not be a shopping haven, but for us lomographers it’s a whole new world to discover.

written by johann_affendy

4 comments

  1. tommynorth

    tommynorth

    I wish i had a holga when i was there. All i have is memories

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  2. johann_affendy

    johann_affendy

    oh man, you should bring your lomo everywhere!

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  3. bhfy

    你好,我是中国人,我国汶川地震给我们国家留下了巨大的伤痛来,但关与地震,我们这里有人能预测,今年她云南地震预测是准确的,只是没有公布阿。我要告诉该国的是,,你们很不幸,,今年2014年老挝首都附近将有可能发生6至12级地震来,于是请大家珍惜你们生命吖,就别让悲剧重新来演来,,我要感谢大家把损失降低到最低,谢谢,关于这次地震的震中心可能位于万象30至70公里处,预计深度可能是110公里左右,其级别可能是8.6级以上,地震可能会导致海啸发生,地震也许是在海底,这不太好判断。要是海底地震话是极有可能会海啸来。地震时间我们预计就今年在2014年9月至明年2015年1月份之间开始,现具体预计在11月或9月份,更在具体预计那就是在11月22至24左右或者9月22日至24日左右,也就是当天凌晨12点左右拉。啊,请阴历,阳历这个日子人们都要躲避来,还,2号10,12,16,18,,30,31号这几天也要当心来,,,,具体应该怎么办,,,就要请,,,老挝国家领导人来,,紧,,急,,,安,,,排,来,,拉,7月也很危险,值得关注的是今年老挝全国都得注意来,而周边国家也要注意来海啸的发生,阿,,当然,没有事就更好拉,就这样,谢谢所有的人来,谢谢,爱你的人,北海,,。。。。。
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  4. bhfy

    中午12点左右也有可能发生来,,,
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