February 14th, 2007 – by: iramalama
Vientiane is a busy town in the style of urban Cambodia and rural Thailand. The city reminds me of Phnom Penh in a lot of ways, but is lacking an equivalently tragic history as a reason for lack of development. The city has nice but poorly maintained monuments and temples and the Mekong River, which marks the border between Vientiane and Thailand, is not utilized at all for commerce or tourism. Vientiane has a lot of hidden charms...but you've got to find them first. Start with the mix of architectural styles. And one travel tip. If you are ever wondering what to drink, the thousands of ads plastered everywhere for Lao Beer should give you a hint that this stuff is a really big deal for the country. It does provide a good chunk of money for the government. But actually, it is the best beer I have ever had. Tasty.