Athmosphere of Laos

IMG_8030I did not even thought that such country may still exist and all the time I stayed in Laos I felt like a time traveller.

IMG_8279 IMG_8286Only the dates remind that it is 2015 now.

IMG_8277The most part of buildings consist only of a few floors. Even the hotels contain no more than five – that feels like too less, but then you understand that it’s enough. Some houses are very poorly built and looks like some ruins. Local Apple-store is doing just fine.

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IMG_8505One of the rare non-buddhist related sightseeing places – a thriumpal arc is doing fine too. This is a must-visit place, moreover all the interesting places in Vientiane can be visited within two days. I’ve stayed for three and did not know what to do on the last day.

IMG_8281 IMG_8276The reason is probably that the time runs slow here. The information sheet in my guesthouse was dated 2004. Nobody hurries here. Though the room contained anything to live here and to feel what it is like for some (probably reacher that average), but still, local people – an air conditioning system, a wifi, a shower room, and a bit of ants. On the outer walls of the room there were some lizards – common thing, I guess.

IMG_8497Socialism probably killed the opportunity to have a fastfood like McDonalds or KFC here. There are only local cafes, where you never can be hundred percent sure about what you eat – I’ve started to be afraid of local cafes after a rat that I’ve met in the Chinese district in Kuala-Lumpur. But still, the death from starvation didn’t appeared in my plans, so the only choice was to choose some to have a lunch. Well, all three days I’ve eated the same rice from “Sinchuan cuisine” cafe. The owner was very kind to provide an unlimited green tea. Firstly I thought that it is a way to make more money from us, but then it appeared that the tea is completely free of charge and it is just a hospitality. I was touched by this; regardless of the numerous wars, Lao people didn’t became more angry or less hospitable. They don’t want to trick you in every possible way like in some Rome, for example. Going back to the food topic, to make things worse, cafes close before late evening, so they’re not suitable for having dinner. There are night markets though, but they deserve a separate article.

People partly face transport troubles, so anything more or less suitable is used for people transportation.

IMG_8436 IMG_8282 IMG_8268Another detail is that the entrance to a lot of buildings has two elephants nearby.

IMG_7990 IMG_7989 IMG_8044Some bloggers told that the prices are higher than in the most part of South-East Asia’s countries, but the common poorness wins, so a good lunch will cost for about 20000 kip ~ 3$. A T-Shirt of a good quality costs for about 30000 kip ~ 5$ – checkmate, touristic Europe. But milk and eggs prices are kept reasonably high – about 16000 kip for just 830 ml of yoghurt.

IMG_8289Bikes are popular, bicycles are rare. You can rent a bicycle for 15000 kip for the whole day.

IMG_8299Laos is mainly non-smoking county. The advertisements like this often appear in the parks and I have not seen a smoking person.

IMG_8049As you probably know, Vientiane is placed on the shore of Mekong river. On the other shore of the river is already the side that belongs to Thailand. So here is Laos, there is Thailand.

IMG_8013In the evening, lots of couples come to the shore just to watch the lights of another country. While Laos are mainly very poor, they unlikely travel much. So another county may seem like another world, like it seemed for me before I went abroad with my mother for the first time. I started to thought about how romantic it is and actually got inspired to write this paragraph. Looking at these people, I thought about Vientiane like of a small world.

Kind of romantic, isn’t it?

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3 thoughts on “Athmosphere of Laos”

    1. Nope.

      Although I will definitely have one more South-East Asia trip, including Luang Prabang and Siem Reap and three SEA countries that remained unvisited yet: Brunei, East Timor and Phillipines.

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