Laos 2015: Notes from an Occasional Visitor

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Laos 2015: Notes from an Occasional Visitor

Post by Laan Yaa Mo » July 18, 2015, 4:47 pm

747man wrote:
Or God Forbid, Nong Khai,Even..... :lol:[/quote]

I already passed through Nong Khai with the intent of doing a proper and accurate weather report from that fabled burgh. However, I slept through it, and was startled on wakening to find people were filing out of the bus to check through Thai and Lao immigration.
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Post by 747man » July 18, 2015, 7:39 pm

Laan Yaa Mo wrote:
747man wrote:
Or God Forbid, Nong Khai,Even..... :lol:
I already passed through Nong Khai with the intent of doing a proper and accurate weather report from that fabled burgh. However, I slept through it, and was startled on wakening to find people were filing out of the bus to check through Thai and Lao immigration.[/quote]Jeezus............After Me Bleedin' Job Now !! :lol: :lol:

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Post by GT93 » July 19, 2015, 2:42 am

Stand easy 747 man. Uncle is a bit forgetful and I doubt his reports would be as reliable and regular as yours. You've also built up a reputation the envy of many of udonmap's finest posters. Uncle would need to lengthen his stride to match that.

Commiserations on the Toffees loss to the Gunners but at least your mob got a goal. if that's what it's called, in their second game in Singapore. :D

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Post by the-monk » July 19, 2015, 7:18 pm

This September i might go to Vientiane then proceed to Vang Vieng in Laos.
Any up-to-date info about public transportation from Vientiane to Vang Vieng ?
Hotels and activities recommendations in Vang Vieng !!
I will come back to UD via Friendship bridge ( Nong Khai ) for visa renewal.
Thanks in advance.

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Post by fantom » July 19, 2015, 8:34 pm

Last year bought tickets in Vientiane for VIP bus to Vang Vieng next morning. What happened was 2 songthaews rounded up those travellers who had bought tickets, went and waited at side of main road North from bridge hoping to intercept a bus from Thailand, eventually gave up on that and took us all (about 2 dozen pax) to the northern bus station of Vientiane where they started negotiations with drivers of 2 or 3 empty buses. We eventually departed Vientiane in an ordinary, very ordinary, bus, 2 hours and 45 minutes later than the departure time we had expected. VIP bus was a myth. However, in Udon Thani recently I saw a bus on which was painted "Udon Thani to Vang Vieng", suggest you make enquiries at Udon bus station.

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Post by Laan Yaa Mo » July 20, 2015, 11:47 am

I cannot help you on this as I went to Vang Vieng from Xieng Khouang. The bus was en route to Viang Chan and dropped those interested in Vang Vieng at the side of the road where there were a few tuk-tuks waiting.

Apparently, the place has changed through a government crackdown from its old, bad ways. There are lots of things to do for the adventurous family, tourist or whatever. I wrote a bit about this last year on my thread, 35 days in Laos.
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Post by Laan Yaa Mo » August 3, 2015, 5:40 pm

Quote from the cool weather thread: ' some serious flirting took place yesterday with two older Lao women. One was actually Chinese, and they are both between 50 and sixty.

The first encounter took place at That Luang when this Chinese woman approached me and asked me how long I was going to be in Laos, where was I staying, was I married and so on. She then gave me permission to look around the historic grounds. I did, and met a nice younger Lao girl who I chatted with for 30 minutes or so until I realised that her boyfriend was patiently waiting for her. We got some 'official' photographs, minus the boyfriend, taken at the site.

Later that night, just as I entered the Mekong Riverfront market an elderly Lao lady approached me and asked where I was from, where I was staying, how long I had been in Laos, what was my phone number and so on. Just as these questions were taking place the Chinese lady from the morning showed up. It turns out that these two are friends. They were nice but I was interested in getting some stuff at the market for my kids and bid them a fond farewell. However, not before the Lao lady and I decided to meet at 2 this afternoon for a rendezvous at a local restaurant.'

That afternoon meeting never took place partly owing to the wet weather, which has been raining on my parade of late.

As I was walking toward the restaurant a woman called out to me from a shelter, and I scampered over there to see what was on her mind. She did not look Lao or Chinese. Her name is Connie, and she is 55, recently divorced from a 70-year old Australian, and she is from the Philippines. She was in Viang Chan to renew her 6-month visa as she works as a housekeeper in Bangkok. She said there quite a few Filipinos doing this work in the capital. I did not know that.

When she learnt that I had diabetes, Connie offered to accompany me to Canada to look after me for the rest of my life. Then she laid out plans for how I could sponsor her to Canada to do exactly that. This was not really on my agenda for the day, and used the increase in rain as an excuse to say it was time for me to hit Talat Sao. But before I got on my way, Connie let me know how she lost her farm in Davao City, and how her daughter never met her father before he died. Finally, the lady invited me to meet her at Pizza land at 4 for coffee.

Once at Talat Sao, I met one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen. She was a phone saleslady. I asked her as many questions as possible before she realised that I was not going to buy anything. But it was a pleasant experience to speak with her.

Shortly thereafter my eyes caught sight of a sweet young thing who looked a bit tall for a Lao. To my complete surprise and delight, she called out to me that it sure rained a lot in Viang Chan. Kelly was wearing a tight-fitting green dress, and is from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and is Malay. She is visiting family in Viang Chan. Her sister, apparently, is going to be attending the University of Toronto in September and wondered if I could help find her way around the big city. This sounds like a good idea. We exchanged e-mail addresses. As I walked away, Kelly asked if I wanted to meet her this morning at Talat Sao for breakfast.

This female interest in me over the past few days is really unexpected and a bit of shock to the system which is not used to all of this positive attention. Is it just me, or is the adverse weather having a strange, but welcome, effect on females from Laos, the Philippines, China and Malaysia?
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Post by FrazeeDK » August 3, 2015, 5:53 pm

likely its your sunny disposition on the rainy days!
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Post by jackspratt » August 3, 2015, 8:35 pm

FrazeeDK wrote:likely its your sunny disposition on the rainy days!
And assisted by his finely tuned sense of diplomacy. :D

I reckon you have been wasted in academia, Uncle - your talents are far better aligned to government. Particularly Foreign Affairs. :-k

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Post by old timer » August 4, 2015, 12:38 pm

Laarny's a bit of a Casinova with the Asian WFB's and more mature ladies in Laos. Must be quite a charmer. Keep the stories coming Laarny, interesting.

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Post by GT93 » August 4, 2015, 1:29 pm

Awesome report. Uncle could send the more colourful version of this report to Stickman. :D

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Post by Laan Yaa Mo » August 4, 2015, 2:35 pm

jackspratt wrote:I reckon you have been wasted in academia, Uncle - your talents are far better aligned to government. Particularly Foreign Affairs. :-k
Yes, this latest groupie has a Mon mother and a Chinese father. She is 50 and quite alright in the well-kept looks department. She credits this to her vegetarian diet and refraining from ***. The last part of her sentence made me think that my recent good fortune might have run its course. It also made me choke on the tiny morsel of pork that she permitted me to eat.
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Post by Laan Yaa Mo » August 4, 2015, 3:09 pm

Oh, I forgot to introduce Kratai. I met her a few years ago in Khon Kaen, but did not see her last year. I was making my way from bus station #1 in Khon Kaen to my hotel when a lady called out my name and came running after me. She had seen me get off the bus from Viang Chan while looking out her window, and came to talk with me. We had dinner together (see above), and will again tonight.
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Post by GT93 » August 4, 2015, 3:12 pm

Bloody hell. Some readers including this poster will be getting a bit envious. :D

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Post by old timer » August 4, 2015, 4:49 pm

Laan Yaa Mo wrote: She is 50 and quite alright in the well-kept looks department. She credits this to her vegetarian diet and refraining from ***.
You are now telling stories laarny, never in all OT's years has he heard that before. She must be a lesbo.

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