A day in Vientiane
We were only there for a day and it started from the border. 🚂 Getting to Vientiane, we took 30~40 minutes ride of local bus bound for city. 🚌 The local bus stopped at the terminal with an adjacent local market. Tuktuks are available there as well. 🚜
We walked. 😐 I don’t why we did not even try to hail a tuktuk (we had a lot of cash 💰 to spend for a day after our money exchange lol) and decided to walk and find Wat Sisaket upon arriving Vientiane. ✨
Based on my downloaded map, Wat Sisaket is walking distance – which is indeed true. ✅ But after that, we walked again to 💚 Makphet Restaurant – another walking distance based on my downloaded map. Not true this time!! ❌ We spent an hour finding the place. It has high ratings on Tripadvisor so we asked people here and there and when we got there, the restaurant was closed! 😤💦 I felt sorry for my friends for dragging them on this crazy adventure. 😁 We did not know it was still holiday that day though. So we ate our lunch somewhere after a kinda heated argument lolol 😝❤️
After lunch, we all decided to look for a place to chill and cool our heads, a cafe or a place where we can also change clothes. 😅 We found a very cool coffee shop called ☕️ Black Canyon Coffee – a familiar coffee joint we stayed at Hua Lamphong station, while we were waiting for our train to Laos. 🇱🇦
Vientiane is a small city. ⛽️ I’ve seen few french architecture and asian temples. Western luxury cars are also visible on street. 🚗 I love that this city has this Seoul vibe because of the themed cafes and restaurants.
The currency is kip, the food is much like the veggies of Vietnam combined with spiciness ❤️ of food from Thailand. The shopping centre near the bus station sells cheap clothes, souvenirs and electronics. Don’t forget to check out the DVD covers 📀 of their local movies and lakorn, there are tons of it. Cover itself is hilariously entertaining to see! 😊 The stories looks like fantasy with an old siam setting.
Also, I love the food! It’s a pretty country and I will definitely go back! I fell in love with the quiet community of this city (we went there during the holidays though). Mekong river on the other hand looks charming that I wasn’t able to go visit.