• HALF-DAY TRIP FROM VIENTIANE

    Though we have visited the Buddha Park outside of Vientiane twice before we keep going back to it. It is a nice place for monks or groups of monks to visit. One of the few places you can take monks to without running into too many tourists and namely female tourists which pose a problem for the monks since they cannot be too close to females. Laos is not as strict as Thailand but places with loads of tourists will usually make monks feel very uncomfortable. For this day trip, we had to stop before 12 to get some food for the monks, since they are not allowed to eat…

  • Farewell authentic Vientiane!

    Back to Vientiane again! What a change to my former visits. Construction and changes everywhere. Even my favourite restaurants were gone. It’s Pizza everywhere – well, Pizza and Western Food in general!  At least in the streets close to the Mekong and the night market the changes are very obvious. Talking to a Lao manager of a restaurant, she told me that most former owners moved out of the city and are now living outside, while their properties are being sold and changed into Hotels and Restaurants. I still found old-style Vientiane, but further out in the village parts which make up greater Vientiane.  Cafe houses and new hotels are…