Vientiane Travel Blog› entry 14 of 44 › view all entries
Finally we have new passports and as soon as we could we got on a bus and headed out of hectic Bangkok. One of the best things about getting about in the rainy season is that there is more room on buses. The 14 hour ride was actually one of the better ones as we each lay across two seats.
Just after dawn we stopped at the Laos border and we had our first view of the huge brown Mekong river. After the border crossing formaities we boarded yet another bus for the Laos capital Vientiane. It is worlds apart from the other Asian capitals, more like a small town with virtually zero congestion and virtually no noise. First thing we did was get to the vietnam embassy to sort out new VISAs which was really easy and cheaper than the price for the original VISA!
The next day we explored the market, apart from the usual textiles, T shirts and electronics sectons this market also had a large traditional medicine area, the assortment of products was mind boggling with hornbill skulls, dried geckos, barking dear and guar skulls, turtle shells and gnarled roots. It was a door inot another world.
We then decided to check out Laos national monumnet, the stupa of That Luang, this was pretty impressive. However it was so hot we spent most of our times in the cafes which were a God send and were everywhere!