It’s the 5th November (fireworks night here in the UK), and a year ago to the day we got on a plane and flew to Bangkok, then onto Laos and Vietnam. There’s a certain satisfaction in finishing blogging about our trip on this date, but also quite a bit of sadness. After crashing the scooter, we hobbled around Duong Dong for a few days and then flew back to Saigon. We had booked a room in the Continental on the […]
Norman Lewis wrote in his 1951 book “a dragon apparent” that one of the essentials a Laotian would work for, was a bicycle for their daughter. “Each one had a bicycle- infallibly fitted with dynamo lighting, and sometimes three – speed gears.” Progress and economic development has meant that in Laos and especially Vietnam the bicycle has now been replaced by the scooter.
That Luang is a carnival cum trade show held in November at the Pat That Luang, the most famous temple in Laos. It attracts thousands of people from all over Laos for five days of religious festivals and wholesale marketing. We arrived in Vientiane too late to see the parades but the temple and markets were worth visiting.
Lane Xang, home of a million elephants, Lao Peoples Democratic Republic- Laos. We entered Laos via the friendship bridge across the mighty Mekong river from Nong Khai in Thailand. We didn’t know that much about the place, except that everybody who had been there who we spoke to loved the people and the place. I don’t remember ever hearing a bad word spoken about the place. So with much excitement we booked a couple of nights in Vientiane the nations […]