19.08.2010 - 20.08.2010
We left Vang Vieng on a private mini-van for a shorter (3.5 hours) but less impressive drive to Vientiane, the capital. We did not expect much from the city but were pleasantly surprised. It's very laid back, clean, quiet but there is a lot to see in terms of culture and temples, shopping or fine dining... in fact a lot of French restaurants, two of which we tried. mostly because they were also advertising brick oven pizza for the kids. We also got lucky with the hotel, with once again a very nice pool... always important because you cannot drag two 8 year old boys in temples or flee markets all morning unless you have something to bargain with. After another 3 relaxing days in Vientiane, it was time to leave Laos for Yuangsho, near Guilin in mainland China, with a 1 night stop ever in Kunming.