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    very unusal place to make nest

    by picek Written Mar 8, 2013

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    Favorite thing: I think I just have found most unusal place for birds to make nest: in the electric lines! True, they make it for an unconventional tree. They are tightly twisted together in a dark branches and they surely had few niches for a nest, but they lack shade, protection and greenery of the leaves. The most nests would appear by the trunk (the pole) where lines joints.

    You can just see them often and it becomes common, yet unusual sight... probably not unique to this city, but widespread all around the world when you observed that way of putting electricity together exists in many foreign lands.

    Fondest memory: Lack of real trees makes birds nesting in the extreme environments. I just wish it would be better.

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    Nam Phou Square

    by ValbyDK Updated Mar 3, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Nam Phou Square is located in the centre of Vientiane. In the middle of the square there is a small fountain – and Nam Phou means ‘fountain’ in Lao. I passed the fountain a couple of times, but never saw it in action so don’t know if it works?

    But the area around the square is quite nice with shops, accommodation and some great restaurants. Great place to visit after a long day in Vientiane…

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    Tourist Information

    by ValbyDK Updated Mar 3, 2013

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    Lao National Tourism Administration

    Favorite thing: The Tourist Information (or Lao National Tourism Administration) is located on Lane Xang Avenue, not far away from the Talat Sao morning market.

    I went inside for at quick look and there were a couple of information plagues about other regions of Laos - but nothing about Vientiane. Not much help...

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    That Luang Festival

    by ValbyDK Updated Mar 3, 2013

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    That Luang Festival
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    Favorite thing: That Luang Festival is an important Buddhist festival and is held around the That Luang Stupa (read my other tips). Normally the festival is held in November, and is 3 days of religious ceremonies and a week of general festivities and entertainment – and people from all over Laos travels to Vientiane to celebrate.

    I went to the festival area a couple of times during my stay in Vientiane, and quite a sight with the many orange-dressed monks around the stupa - combined with the huge festival area with modern music and stalls where you can buy anything. If you are in Vientiane in November check out the festival schedule...

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    SONGKRAN (LAO NEW YEAR)

    by davidjo Written Mar 2, 2012

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    Drenched staff and tourists at Mixay Paradise GH

    Favorite thing: if you are staying in Vientiane for Songkran be prepared to get wet. Songkran is the NEW YEAR which is celebrated around 12th April or a few days later, depending on the moon. Just by being there you are joining the fun, nobody is exempt and everyone is a target as locals and foreigners douse each other with water. Please do not get angry, just smile when you are drenched and join the fun by having a few beers and buying your own water pistol. Don't forget many banks and government establishments will be closed during the four day festival.

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    Half Day Tour - Travel@Lao

    by Mikebb Updated Dec 21, 2011

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    Hyundai Tour Van
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    Favorite thing: We had already completed a full day City Tour with our group and having spare time my wife and I decided to take a private half day tour to attractions within Vientiane and surrounding district not included in previous tour.

    This worked out well, a small shock factor when we arrived at a Salt Factory but this gave us an insight into country village life. The trip to the salt factory took us out into the countryside passing various farming activities including rice paddies, cattle, roadside stalls etc etc.

    What we enjoyed most was the lunch cruise on our own private boat with one crew member. It was not on the Mekong River but a secondary river which was several hundred metres wide and good water flow.

    The visit to the Nikone Silk Factory was included.

    Transport was provided in a modern Hyundai van.

    Fondest memory: Travel@Lao
    120 Phangkham Rd , Vientiane
    www.travellao.net
    Ph: (856-21)254-299

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    if only one place...

    by picek Written Aug 15, 2010

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    Favorite thing: ... deserves your attention while in short stay to capital, it would be Wat Sisakhet I believe. Why, then? Its grounds are home of thousands of Buddha statues, placed in niches by wall and worshipped in temple - it's place unique to Vieng Chan, which somehow avioded turbulent history during Siamese occupation when other buildings were gone in fires or got seriously damaged.

    One of the most significant wats of capital was built by King Anouvong in 1815 and was used by Lao elite, 'high class' then whom used to come to temple to pay tribute to Siamese. Anouvong tried to unite Lao and their teritorry, for which was martyred and later he died.

    Fondest memory: The boards in front of the wat main entry will further and in detail explain philosophy of this religious architecture and it's read most interesting - if you are interested. It's place rich in detail and color - and greatest number of visitor are local Lao Buddhist though significant numbers of 'outsiders' will visit out of curiousity or for deeper search - reason known to themselves only.
    We like to come here too, when we seek silence in its enclosures and answers to aspects of local beliefs. Among those thousands Buddhas - they all may be look the same, but are not.
    Behind, the Naga comes to life during festivals and ceremonies when water from hers mouth will purify all what has become dirty during the year - one of the most respected acts in a year of devoted believer.
    So interesting that place is!

    Where? At the main intersection to Lan Xang Avenue with Setthathirat road, next to Presidental palace and Ho Prakeo temple.

    There's about 1 USD entry fee for foreign visitor.

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    • Historical Travel
    • Museum Visits

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    Communism vs. Monarchy

    by DSwede Written Oct 28, 2009

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    Fondest memory: Vientiane is the capital of modern Laos. With that, it is the focal point of the Communist party. If you read my general tip on my main Laos page, you will note my opinion on the juxtaposition between this city and Luang Prabang to the north. Vientiane is still the iconic communist party headquarters and propagates the anti-imperialist sentiment against its foes (at least in the Museum that is). Luang Prabang on the other hand endorses its mixed French past and highlights the forgotten monarchy.

    Sorry, no photos to support this since cameras are not allowed in most of the museums.

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    Useful Lao words

    by myspices Written Nov 9, 2008

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    You read this?

    Favorite thing: 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...

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    Watay International Airport, Vientiane

    by myspices Updated Nov 9, 2008

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    Vientiane's international airport, Wattay Airport

    Favorite thing: Wattay International Airport is about 4km northwest of the city centre. It is not a big airport. To get to the city centre, you can hire a cab and it will cost you approximately Usd6/- (10min ride). You can also walk out of the Airport terminal to the main road (10minutes) of Th Luang Prabang to catch a jumbo or tuk-tuk Cost : usd2/- (15minutes ride).

    Immigration clearance is about half an hour.

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    Money Changers

    by myspices Written Nov 9, 2008

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    Changing kips at Phongsavanh Bank at the Airport
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    Favorite thing: Upon arrival at Wattay Airport, you can change some of your foreign currencies into kips at the Airport. There are a couple of banks (inside the immigration and outside the immigration), rates are almost the same.

    You can also change your currencies into kips at the various Money changers along the streets.

    We changed some of our US dollars at the Phongsavanh Bank at the Airport so that we can use them to pay the public transport. At that time, the rate was 1usd=8.672kips

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    Laos currency - Kips

    by myspices Written Nov 9, 2008

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    Laos currency - the kips

    Favorite thing: Laos currency is called "Kips". They are big notes with big denominations - anyone can easily be a "millionaire" in Laos. You can change kips from the money changers or from the hotels. Kips are usually used in small restaurants and when you purchase small items. US dollars are widely acceptable. Kips are only tradeable in Laos, so make sure you get rid of all your kips when you depart from Laos unless you want to keep some as souvenirs. You can sell your kips back to the bank or to the hotels.

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    Visa application Upon Arrival at Vientiane

    by myspices Written Nov 9, 2008

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    Visa application counter - upon arrival
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    Favorite thing: For those countries that need visa to enter into Vientiane, you can apply these at the airport, immediately after enter into Watay International Airport. There is a counter beside the Immigration that caters for these applications. For Malaysians, you do not need a visa to enter into Vientiane. I saw a couple of foreigners who applied upon arrival and their applications were processed in quite a speedy manner.

    See attached list for application fees for various countries

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    Bird's eye view of Vientiane, Laos

    by myspices Updated Nov 9, 2008
    Vientiane - Bird's eye view from the plane
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    Favorite thing: From the plane, looking down, you can see the 4000km magnificent long Mekong river cutting through the plains of Vientiane. You can also see the lustrous greens and blue pools of water - A beautiful landscape!

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    ATMS do exist

    by traceyspacey Written Jul 25, 2007

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    Favorite thing: There are a number of ATM's in Vientiane. But as for which ATM, depends on whether you have Visa or Maestro. We have found that the ATM attached to the Joint development bank on Th Lan Xang accepted visa but was having problems with maestro. The limit is 1 million kip per transaction, maximum of 3 transactions which means 3 million kip.

    Banque pour le commerce Exterieur Lao (BCEL) have an ATM just to the right of Patuxai which accepts maestro but not visa (despite the visa sign). 700,000 kip transaction limit, but you can do more than one transaction per day. Not sure up to how many. They are putting in more ATM's, so keep an eye out.

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