I caught a cold while in Vietnam so I was out of commission for about two days. I managed to squeeze in some last minute souvenir shopping in Hanoi before the fever hit me full on and from that point on, I was subjected to all the classics: watery eyes, sore throat, runny nose, cough, fever, and so forth. I used this opportunity to travel to Vientiane, Laos, because if you’re going to waste a day, it might as well be to move between two countries (also, possibly the least pleasant experience is to travel from one country to the other, waiting in line to get your visa, with a cold).
Vientiane is a charming little city in Laos (even with the hazy pollution) set on a bend of the Mekong River. The names of Vientiane’s neighbourhoods or villages are associated with local wats. It is an extremely walkable city – I did not take a single cab (other than to/from the airport) or public transport. It was easy to walk from one end of the city to the other. [Read more…]