Archive for the 'Vientiane' Category

Jun 26 2013

Vientiane’s Wattay Airport

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The International Terminal

Vientiane’s Wattay airport is a very easily managed hub, often with short queues and swift check-in. Here’s some things that may nevertheless be useful to know if you plan on flying into Laos via the capital. But first up — how do you get here by plane? Laos has not embraced budget airlines quite to … read the full post

May 29 2013

Navigating the Friendship Bridge from Thailand to Laos

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It's advisable not to swim to the other side

The early 1990s marked a new era for Laos as its borders were opened both to trade and tourism. The Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge — Mittaphab Bridge in Lao — was built in 1994, courtesy of the Australian government. It has since become the path most travelled between Laos and Thailand. Only vehicles with papers can … read the full post

Apr 27 2013

Caffeine in Laos: A coffee (and tea) primer

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Lao Mountain Coffee

Laos produces some exceptionally good coffee; some locals boast that it’s the best in the world. Of course, this depends on personal taste, but for those who like their coffee rich and strong, they’ve come to the right place. Most all of the coffee produced in Laos is grown on the Bolaven Plateau in southern … read the full post

Feb 09 2013

Love in Laos

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Patu Xay Fountain

Courtship has its rules and customs in all countries and it helps to be aware of unforeseen cultural expectations. Here are some ground rules to keep in mind in Laos. The Lao, generally speaking, are a flirtatious lot. Sexual innuendo and proposition-fuelled banter form a central aspect of social interaction. In a country where white … read the full post

Nov 26 2012

Loy Khatung: the night of the Naga

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Candles are placed on a piece of banana tree trunk and decorated with flowers to resemble a racing boat. These 'candle boats' are placed in front of houses in celebration of Loy Khatung and the Boat Racing Festival.

Every year the Lao observe Buddhist Lent for a three-month period, in which they (attempt to) abstain from alcohol and meat to honour the Buddha’s months of ascetic contemplation before he reached enlightenment under the bodhi tree. The end of this period, marked by the first full moon in the 12th month of the Buddhist … read the full post