Vientiane - the capital of Laos and French Asia

In the capital of Laos, Vientiane, we came for the Thaia visa. If we go, then we need a visa, not a visa-wound, and if we go, we’ve gone to Laos, where we have never been before. You can read about getting a double Thai visa in Laos and how to get to the city from Thailand here - registration of a Thai visa in Laos - our experienceWell, now about the very capital of Laos.

Vientiane looks very similar to an ordinary cityThailand However, the fact that Laos was once a French colony left its mark. The first thing that catches your eye is French baguettes, which are sold at every corner, and you can often see croissants in shops.

It is so strange to see how dense white bread is.entered the lives of people, and became the real fast food. And the Lao are not bagging some rice, but half a loaf of bread stuffed with vegetables and meat. As it is probably convenient for European tourists who are used to such food at home.

Baguettes are sold at every corner.

Baguettes are sold at every corner.

In the long journey, they are packed with sandwiches

In the long journey, they are packed with sandwiches

Food on the street, as in Thailand

Food on the street, as in Thailand

On the streets of Vientiane

On the streets of Vientiane

French is often heard on the streets -There are a lot of former colonists here. Some local people also know this language, which put me into a stupor, when I, when buying something, heard in response not English words, but French. So do not be surprised if on the street you throw in passing "Bonjur", and not "Hello".

The names of all state objects are writtenalso not in English, and the streets have the prefix Rue (French. Road), and not Road, as in Thailand. Periodically there are old buildings, clearly built on French projects.

Official inscriptions in French

Official inscriptions in French

Rue - street for French

Rue - street for French

House in french style

House in french style

More from the unusual - the presence of sidewalks almost onall streets (at least in the center). Just like in a civilized country, you can safely walk without fearing that a dashing tuk-tuker will crush you on your motorcycle. Sometimes the sidewalks are covered with flowers, not roses, of course, but still beautiful.

Sidewalks in colors

Sidewalks in colors

Vientiane is the capital of Laos

Vientiane is the capital of Laos

Laos is a poor country, and it is noticeable by a strongthe separation of the poor and the rich, by the amount of garbage on the streets, and also by such an absent service in the guesthouses like the Internet, despite the fact that the price of food, accommodation, tuk-tuks is 1.5-2 times higher than in Taia. In Laos, the palace often coexists with a cardboard house, and the last model Toyota with a dead and rusty ... I want to say a penny.

Palm trees, houses, shacks

Palm trees, houses, shacks

Vientiane is the capital of Laos

Vientiane is the capital of Laos

Vientiane is the capital of Laos

Vientiane is the capital of Laos

Vientiane is the capital of Laos

Vientiane is the capital of Laos

Vientiane is the capital of Laos

Vientiane is the capital of Laos

By the way, there are really Russian cars here,hello to you from AvtoVAZ and all car factories that make trucks. Also, Korean cars are often met here (in Thailand they seem to be squeamish) and bicycles from Microsoft.

Vaz 2104 in Laos. Vientiane

Vaz 2104 in Laos. Vientiane

Bike from Microsoft

Bike from Microsoft

In Laos, many KAMAZ

In Laos, many KAMAZ

Meets and GAZ

Meets and GAZ

Yes, you will also receive greetings from the SovietUnion - flags with a hammer and sickle hung almost on all the streets of Vientiane. And some foreigners are proud to wear T-shirts with communist symbols.

Communist flags in all streets of Vientiane

Communist flags in all streets of Vientiane

Sometimes there are patriots

Sometimes there are patriots

Almost all Lao women go to nationalskirts, making them politely feminine. But to bring them into your room is not worth it, as evidenced by the announcement in the room. Also, a small charm attached to their umbrellas from the sun, as well as the monks, hiding their enlightened calf in the shade.

Women in Vientiane

Women in Vientiane

National Clothes Shop in Vientiane

National Clothes Shop in Vientiane

All monks with umbrellas

All monks with umbrellas

Lao Wedding

Lao Wedding

Shop curtains - well, very lulling place

Shop curtains - well, very lulling place

In general, Vientiane itself has nothing to do, especiallyif you have already been to other countries and cities of Asia, and even more so in Thailand. There are only a few attractions. Therefore, my advice to you, do not linger, and go inland to national parks.

That Dam stupa is the first landmark of Vientiane

That Dam stupa is the first landmark of Vientiane

The Arc de Triomphe Patuxai - like the Champs Elysees

The Arc de Triomphe Patuxai - like the Champs Elysees

Tseretelli visited here?

Tseretelli visited here?

In the distance, the sacred and shallowed Mekong

In the distance, the sacred and shallowed Mekong

Just a beautiful tree on the Vientiane seafront

Just a beautiful tree on the Vientiane seafront

Police in the capital of Laos

Police in the capital of Laos

Yes, another such moment, people here smile much less often, and every tuk-tuker considers it his duty to ask several times “Hello, tuk tuk?” Then this phrase I dreamed about at night ...

Tuk-tuki in Laos

Tuk-tuki in Laos

And the prices in Laos at last:
- Guesthouses from 100.000kip.
- A plate of rice with vegetables from 13.000-20.000kip (50-80r) and above.
- Half of the baguette on the street with filling 5.000-10.000kip
- A long baguette in the store 10.000kip, packaging croissants 20.000kip.
- juice or shake 5.000-7.000kip
- a half-liter bottle of water 2.000-3.000kip

Prices in the cafe for foreigners - Vientiane

Prices in the cafe for foreigners - Vientiane

Lao money - kip

Lao money - kip

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