Cheapest Internet in Laos (Vientiane)
WOW!!! i was chocked...its even cheaper than China.
So here is the deal:
its 2000 kip/hour (0,2 usd) and its a bit far from the center.
Compared to the north of Laos, where internet can cost you up to 700 kip/min (42 000 kip/hour , 4.2 usd)
700 kip/min (Undomxai)
150 kip/min (Luang Prabang)
300 kip/min (Vang Vieng)
*33,3 kip/min (Vientiene)
So the place can be tricky to find
If you walk on the right side onThat Luang Rd. (embassy road) towards the stupa, you will see a small sign "Hi-Speed Internet 2000 kip/h" just before "KOLAO Motors"
follow the small signs pass a school, and at the "Japanese Language Center" turn left... i will miss the cheap internet.
On most of the temples you will find these images of Buddha's life. They explain in a graphic way the life and teachings of Buddhas, so when illiterate peasants come to pray they can learn about that without reading.
It's like a king size comic, and it's useful too for those who can't read lao language (me, for instance, LOL)
Useful Lao words
Some useful words to help you get along in Laos :-
Th = means Road
Talat = Market
SaBaiDee = Hello
Khawp Jai = Thank you
Khawp Jai Lai Lai = Thank you very much
Laap = Salad
Laap kai = Chicken salad
Laap siin = Beef salad
Laap paa = Fish salad
Laap muu = Pork salad
Khao niaw = Sticky rice
Kung = shrimp/prawns
Puu = crabs
Foe = noodles
Khao Jii Paa-tae = Baguette sandwich
Piing Paa = grilled fish
Piing Kung = grilled prawns
No worries if you can't remember as most Lao do speak a bit of English. If they don't, well, sign languages will get you by...
This is popular snack in South East Asian cities, also in Vieng Chan. The dried squids are sold mostly by Vietnamese women (Vientiane has large Vietnamese community and there were times in history when Vietnamese outnumbered Lao in their capital). Those are mobile workers: they travel city streets on foot and with all they need - the squids and small 'owen' which is usually made from old aluminium pot where coal burns upon which squids are fried in front of your eyes.
The squid sellers are often seen by Mekong promenade and busier streets. It's quite interesting snack, has stronger taste and when eaten one must chew very well. Prices are usually from 10 000 KIP up for middle size squid. Smallest seemed the most tasty and all must be eaten when still hot/warm to enjoy its best taste.
ALWAYS CARRY A TORCH IN YOUR LUGGAGE
I ALWAYS CARRY A SMALL BACKPACK FOR DAY TRIPS.. GOOD WALKING SHOES/BOOTS AS WALKING HERE IS ESSENTIAL..
CARRY A SMALL PONCHO THAT ROLLS UP TO POCKETSIZE AND WILL ALSO COVER A SMALL BACKPAK ALWAYS HERE IN THE TROPICS CARRY A GOOD MOSQUITO REPELLANT THIS IS A NECCESITY TO USE EVERY DAY..MAKE SURE IT IS WHAT YOU NEED..
CARRY ALSO A SMALL BOTTLE OF ANTISEPTIC HAND WIPE AND A PACKET OF (MOISTURISER) FACE WIPES..I ALSO CARRY A SMALL PACK OF TISSUES ..JUST IN CASE ..THE ROLL IS EMPTY!!!
CARRY A ROLL OF LIP SALVE.
HAVE A GOOD SUNBLOCK , HAT AND SUNGLASSES MAKE SURE YOU CHARGE YOUR DIGITAL CAMERA BATTERY EVERY EVENING AND CARRY A SPARE MEMORY CARD FOR BACKUP.
CARRY AN INTERNATIONAL POWER PLUG ADAPTOR..MAKE SURE IT IS GOOD FOR WHERE YOU ARE GOING.. I CARRY A SMALL SELF WINDING TORCH FOR THOSE DARK PLACES