A few days in Vientiane in Laos
I was for a few days in Vientiane (Sep'2012), the capital city of Laos. It was in 1997 that I was here for the first time and the last time was about 4 years ago. And wow has Vientiane changed. In 1997 I was staying at "Inter Hotel" and it still is up-and-running now even called an "Boutique hotel" although the building does not look much changed at the outside. I still remember that I did not like the dusty Vientiane roads and the noisy Russian aicro's in the hotel.
But also that seems to be history, unfortunately (for me) time has also found Vientiane. Modernization has struck the city and it seems that it is taken over by Thai (and Japanese) business. What happened to that characteristic boulevard along the mighty Mekong? Partly it has been changed into a tourist market where you can buy the same stuff as in any town in Thailand. Old house are being demolished and replaced by hotels (in the tourist area) or office-buildings (elsewhere in the city).