My time in Laos is quickly coming to an end, Joan and I fly back to Bangkok this evening. I just spent the past two nights in Vientiane, the capitol, and I must say that I think the guide books don’t do this charming little southeast Asian capitol justice. I found it really quite charming. Unlike other big cities in the region Vientiane is noticeably laid back. The traffic is tolerable, the people are friendly (albeit aloof at times), and the food is wonderful. Thankfully the French have left this place with scrumptious baguettes and croissants and beautiful architecture. But not much else.
I thought that Bangkok had the edge on creative “electrical engineering.” However with just a short walk around Vientiane you quickly realize that they can hold their own in this area. It’s truly remarkable.