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Our 3 day visit to Vientiane during late November, 2011 was our first time to Laos. Just enough time to see the city, enjoy the local food and take several tours.
First impression was of a city centre that had not changed much since the French left during 1952. Many of the roads needed repair as they had many potholes, many buildings in the city centre were run down, whilst some reflected the French period.
The Capital City of Laos is located on the banks of the Mekong River. The city with a population of 600,000 people is spread out and our group of 13 found it easier to take a City Day Tour which took us to the major temples, buildings, markets etc etc.
I enjoyed our 3 days here, the streets were easy to walk, however be aware of the pot holes and uneven pavement. The local people always smiled and were willing to help. Many cities in Asia are now closing the gap with Western cities, department stores, trains , roads etc in these cities have caught up with the West.
What i liked about Vientiane is that is still retains much of the old way of life. Yes there are motor bikes and cars, however the lifestyle is much simpler and reminds me of many of the destinations I first visited during 1977 on my first visit to Asia.
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