Sunday, January 8, 2017

Living in Vientiane : If you plan to go for holiday

Hi again.. finally I completed one year of living in Vientiane plus one month in 2017. For those who plan to visit Vientiane especially from Malaysia it would be best if you could drop some email to our Embassy to notify your coming and the hotel you would be staying so that the Embassy stays in the know. Don't worry about privacy as the Embassy wouldn't sukahati or absentmindedly raid your stay without any good reason.

For a quick info, Vientiane is the capital of Laos and Luang Prabang is their old capital. Some local said Luang Prabang was the home of their king long time ago but because of some royal dispute, now Laos is govern by a President.

Vientiane is not a big city but nonetheless it is accomodating. The fresh local vegetables is available everywhere especially those who enjoys Asian culinary. From lemongrass to ginger, with exception of fresh turmeric, you can get a good price at local wet market. I would recommend the newcomers of Vientiane to visit Tong Khang Kam market or Morning Market, as that is one of the biggest and oldest wet market as I was told by the Embassy local staff.

If you desire some night outing for music, Vientiane has its own Hard Rock Cafe. And plus plenty of night club with local live band around. The price is quite cheap and the servers are friendly. Perhaps one note to remember, during some local celebration, it might be wise to avoid going out late at night because of the bad traffic especially at the town centre.

About the choices of eating out restaurant, there's plenty you can list down to choose. For people who is quite particular of the halal food, Vientiane has some halal Indian restaurant that you can try. There is also one Malaysian's restaurant and the chef is super friendly he will be happy to serve you halal food.

Perhaps if you plan to come to Vientiane, to live there or work there, I would suggest you to join this facebook group "Vientiane Social". The members are very supportive and some of them even have a special group for social gathering somewhere in Vientiane.

So now comes to the end. Good bye Vientiane! We are finally leaving for good. Until the next post.

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