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Vientiane

Vientiane is an interesting Asian city. It seems like a true oasis of wealth amid the jungles of Laos. Here lives the ruling class that dominates the country. 15 miles beyond the small town there is cement and a population of a far more modest throng along the Mekong River and a bumpy road. Incredible contrast!
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Located along the mekong river, which...

Located along the Mekong River, which marks the border with Thailand, the capital of Laos is a small provincial town speeds. Largest city, and economic center of Laos, it feels like little city whose atmosphere is quite relaxed, even around government buildings. There are old colonial villas, dating from the time of the French occupation (during the first 50 years of the twentieth century) but these have generally been poorly maintained. It is pleasant to walk in the city, with some fountains freshen hot air of July, and especially along the Mekong and its magnificent sunsets!

Située au bord du fleuve Mekong, qui marque la frontière avec la Thaïlande, la capitale du Laos est une petite ville aux allures provinciales.
Plus grande ville du pays, et centre économique du Laos, cela se ressent peu en centre-ville dont l'ambiance est plutôt décontractée, même autour des bâtiments officiels.
On y trouve d'anciens villas coloniales, datant de l'époque de l'occupation française (durant les 50 premières années du XX° siècle) mais celles-ci ont généralement été mal entretenues.
Il est agréable de se promener dans la ville, avec les quelques fontaines qui rafraichissent l'air chaud du mois de juillet, et surtout le long du Mekong et ses magnifiques couchers de soleil !
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A very nice city vientiane

Two photos, two or three forms, $ 35 and wait a couple of long lines is what it takes to get the visa to enter Laos. After half an hour by bus or taxi is what separates the border from Nong Khia capital. We arrived mid morning, did not cost much in a guest house settling quite nice for about $ 10 which is what we paid more or less for a half decent room for the whole trip. After a shower we went to see rigor that was baked by Vientiane. Soon we sat down for coffee ..... And surprise! The Lao coffee was excellent! This was our first contact with a terrific it poured coffee with condensed milk. Laos's past as a French colony had left a very good complement to so succulent coffee the baguette, that toast with tomato and olive oil that we get from here Vientiane made the perfect breakfast rather than the capital of a country is a great people. A broad avenue running from the presidential palace and goes up Pha That Luang symbol of the country, is one of the few things that remind you that you are in a capital. As you turn away from the three main streets the atmosphere is relaxed and calm. The city is dotted with beautiful temples and certainly the best way to move in Vientiane and elsewhere in Laos is on two wheels, both bike and motorcycle. I always chose the bike with this belly one is not for pedaling. Prices for a 125cc ranged between 3 and 8 euros of Luang Prabang. We were lucky, our stay in Vientiane we coincided with the greatest festival of all Laos: Bun Pha That Luang. Around the That Luang is mounted a huge show, with food and drink stalls everywhere, performance stages, children's rides, a huge market, which are concentrated at dusk thousands. From Wat Si Muang where the protective spirit of Vientiane, Luang That leaves for a procession in which small temples are made of flowers and banana leaf. One of the nights we spent in motorcycle accident by Wat Si Muang decided to stop to see this procession and that turned out to be really spectacular, accompanied by a few fireworks cannons spewing so much fire that reached acojonar. One of the best things you can do in Vientiane is to enjoy a sauna and a massage. I honestly had never been to a sauna and temple Sok Pa Luang was the first. The experience I liked a lot and actually accompanied the site was a wooden house where the upside for the sauna room, two terraces, one for massage and another to recover between sessions of aromatic vapors. This house was inside the temple complex, surrounded by trees, in a place so highly recommended. Another must is to enjoy the sunset at the banks of the Mekong, in any of the bars that are mounted and drink a good beer Beerlao very chilly and by evening they dine at any of the wide variety of seafood from river cooked on the grill. This small capital we liked a lot and was a very good first contact with this country.

Vientiane una ciudad muy agradable

Dos fotos, dos o tres formularios, 35 dólares y esperar un par de largas colas es lo que se necesita para conseguir el visado de entrada en Laos. Después una media hora en bus o taxi es lo que separa la frontera de Nong Khia de la capital. Llegamos a media mañana, no nos costo mucho instalarnos en una guest house bastante agradable por unos 10 dólares que es lo que pagamos mas o menos por una habitación decente de media durante todo el viaje. Después de una ducha de rigor salimos a ver que se cocía por Vientián. Al poco nos sentamos a tomar un café.....Y sorpresa !!! El coffe lao era excelente !!! Esta fue nuestra primera toma de contacto con un café buenísimo que preparaban con leche condensada. El pasado de Laos como colonia francesa había dejado un muy buen complemento para tan suculento café; las baguetes, que tostaditas con tomate y con aceite de oliva que nos llevamos de aquí hacían el desayuno perfecto
Vientián mas que la capital de un país, es un pueblo grande. Una gran avenida que sale desde el palacio presidencial y sube hasta Pha That Luang símbolo del país, es de las pocas cosas que te hacen recordar que estas en una capital. En cuanto te apartas de las tres calles principales el ambiente es relajado y tranquilo. La ciudad esta salpicada por bonitos templos y sin duda la mejor manera de moverse en Vientián y en el resto de Laos es sobre dos ruedas, tanto en bici como en moto. Yo opté siempre por la moto que con esta barriga uno no esta para dar pedales . Los precios por una de 125cc oscilaban entre los 3 y 8 euros de Luang Prabang. Tuvimos suerte, nuestra estancia en Vientián nos coincidió con el mayor festival de todo Laos: Bun Pha That Luang. En los alrededores del That Luang se monta una enorme feria, con puestos de comida y bebida por todas partes, escenarios para actuaciones, atracciones para niños, un enorme mercadillo ,en la que al anochecer se concentran miles de personas. Desde el Wat Si Muang donde se encuentra el espíritu protector de Vientián, sale hacia That Luang una procesión en la cual se llevan pequeños templos hechos de flores y hoja de banano. Una de las noches que por casualidad pasamos en moto por el Wat Si Muang decidimos parar a ver dicha procesión y la verdad es que resulto ser espectacular, acompañada por unos cuantos cañones de fuegos artificiales que escupían tanta cantidad de fuego que llegaban a acojonar.
Unas de las mejores cosas que se pueden hacer en Vientián es la de disfrutar de una sauna y un buen masaje. Yo la verdad que nunca había ido a una sauna y la del templo de Sok Pa Luang fue la primera. La experiencia me gusto bastante y el sitio realmente acompañaba, era una casa de madera en la que la parte superior hacia de habitación para la sauna, con dos terrazas, una para los masajes y otra para recuperarte entre sesión y sesión de vapores aromáticos. Esta casa estaba en el interior del complejo del templo, rodeada de arboles, en fin un sitio muy recomendable.
Otra imprescindible es la de disfrutar de los atardeceres a la rivera del Mekong, en cualquiera de los chiringuitos que se montan y beberte una muy buena cerveza Beerlao fresquita y al llegar la noche cenar en ellos alguna de la gran variedad de pescados y mariscos de río cocinados a la brasa.
Esta pequeña capital nos agradó mucho y fue una muy buena primera toma de contacto con este país.
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The green heart of asia

The arrival in Vientiane, capital of Laos (formerly part of French Indochina), to start a wonderful journey. It 'an opportunity to perceive the Buddhist spirituality and witness the daily flow of life along the rivers and in the many isolated villages.

Il cuore verde dell'asia

L'arrivo a Vientiane, la capitale del Laos (parte dell'ex Indocina francese), per iniziare uno splendido viaggio.
E' l'occasione per percepire la spiritualità buddista ed assistere al quotidiano scorrere della vita lungo i fiumi e nei numerosi villaggi isolati.
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Hotel good report quality price

Hotel Sinnakhone, neighborhood wat Mixay. Not far from the Mekong River and downtown. Many activities nights but also restore the area. aircon and wifi, room with double bed or two single beds. Allow between € 15 and € 20 per night (170 000 a 200 000 kip)

Hotel bon rapport qualité prix

Hotel sinnakhone, quartier wat mixay. Non loin du Mékong, et du centre. Beaucoup d'activités de nuits mais aussi de restauration aux alentours.
clim et wifi, chambre avec lit double ou 2 lits une personne.
Comptez entre 15€ et 20€ la nuit
(170000 a 200000 kip)
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Vientiane is the capital of laos, sou...

Vientiane is the capital of Laos, Southeast Asia. The country between Thailand and Vietnam, attracts far fewer tourists than its neighbors, which makes it all the more interesting. It is a former French colony, but the culture remained almost intact, and it feels almost more French influence, unlike the Maghreb or sub-Saharan Africa. The center is very small, can be visited on foot, along the Mekong River. During the night, the food stalls come alive, but it is not where revelers dream of going either. The main monuments, the Patu Xay is the arc of local triumph, the beautiful Wat Si Saket, and Taht Luang, a Buddhist stupa covered with gold, are all less than 15 minutes. The food is delicious, but less varied than in Thailand. THERE are fish from the river, dishes flavored rice and vegetables for less than a dollar in the street. To sleep, the price of capital is higher than in the rest of the country, but you can find a clean, air-conditioned place for ten euros. The bus station to continue your path is three blocks from the river, next to the market Khua Din. Favorite destinations Luang Prabang and 4000 lakes region.

Vientiane est la capitale du Laos, en Asie du sud est. Le pays, entre la Thaïlande et le Vietnam, attire beaucoup moins de touristes que ses voisins, ce qui le rend d´autant plus intéressant. C´est une ancienne colonie française, mais la culture est restée quasi intacte, et l´on ne sent presque plus l´influence française, contrairement au Maghreb ou à l´Afrique noire.

Le centre est très petit, se visite à pied, au bord du fleuve Mékong. Pendant la nuit, les stands de nourriture s´animent, mais ce n´est pas l´endroit où les fêtards rêvent d´aller non plus.

Les monuments principaux, le Patu Xay qui est l´arc de triomphe local, le superbe temple Wat Si Saket, et le Taht Luang, une stupa bouddhiste couverte d´or, sont toutes à moins de 15 minutes à pied.

La nourriture est délicieuse, mais moins variée qu´en Thaïlande. IL y a du poisson du fleuve, des plats de riz parfumé et légumes pour moins d´un euro dans la rue.

Pour dormir, les prix de la capitale sont plus élevés que dans le reste du pays, mais tu pourras trouver un endroit propre et climatisé pour une dizaine d´euros.

La station de bus pour continuer ton chemin est à trois pâtés de maison du fleuve, à côté du marché Khua Din. Les destinations favorites sont Luang Prabang et la région des 4000 lacs.
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