(Patuxai Independence Tower in Vientiane)
Vientiane is the capital city of Laos, for me it is just city. Even though there’s not much to do there but to arrange your visa to your next stop, interesting things were still to find. Just like any other Southeast Asian cities, the independence or liberty towers becomes its city’s landmark. The Liberty Tower of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Rizal Statue of Manila, Philippines, and Patuxai of Vientiane, Laos.
(The 5,000 Kip Noodle Soup Place)
Vientiane reminds me of Philippine provinces more than 10 years ago, the roads were just starting to be developed. Even buildings are just recently built (I am talking about my experience from 2008 by the way), but at least they are improving. The most common means of transportation was Tuk-tuk as well. Unlike Vietnam, they are not fond of too much motorbikes so the streets were combined with bicycles, tuk-tuks, cars, and other vehicles (trucks were so rare).
(Yummy Oily Samosas)
Aside from their means of transportation, food is abundant. Although I admit, I have to be more careful eating street foods in Laos (their food hygiene were poor) anything that was on the spot cooked were my weakness. Samosas were pretty yummy costing 500- 1000 Kip/each (used to be 8000 Kip= $1 USD) and my favorite noodle soup place from 5,000-8,000 Kip. The noodle soup were great with the shrimp-garlic-chili sauteed sauce, lime, and few drops of soy sauce with free cold local tea. The 8,000 Kip have free samosas which was yummy!
Although fried rice were a little expensive than Bangkok‘s but I don’t remember how much exactly, most probably just a few bahts more in comparison. The city is way different than Vang Vieng, and if you love Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang but you have to go to Vientiane, then you just have to prepare yourself going to a different place like this city.