Memories of the old Vientiane, Laos


It must be now about 6 or 7 years ago that I was overnight in Vientiane (Laos) for the last time. And wow a lot has changed, especially in compare with the first time I was in Vientiane in 1997. In those days there were no paved road, just dust. So much dust that it was even IN our room at "Inter City Hotel". The room had a hot-water boiler made in the USSR and had the size of a car and made the sound of a diesel engine. Sleeping you did in between the boom-boom sounds of the disco downstairs. Many things changed but "Inter City Hotel" is still operating, being it now called a Boutique Hotel. And he only place to have Western cakes was "Scandinavian" and it is still running! At the "fountain" was Vientiane's highest and ugliest building, made with money (and design) from the good old USSR. It is so ugly that I find it beautiful. For me it is a icon of the old Vientiane. And it seems that others think the same as it is being renovated.

Old Russian building
The famous Inter City Hotel

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