Vientiane and The Friendship Bridge

I went to the airport the day before my departure. Spent around 8 to 9 hours at the LCC Terminal. I combined the chair and slept like nobody’s business. There were many travellers did the same as well. And I woke up quite early at around 4:30am. My flight is departing at 8:05am and I had plenty of time to kill. So right after checked in my backpack, I went straight into the departure hall.

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Flight AK612 didn’t depart on time. So we departed about 30 minutes after the original departure time. Slept all the way and woke up just minutes before the flight landed. Noon told me she will come to pick me up with Kookkai and her boyfriend Ton together with her sister Nut. Well, I told her to come and wait for me at Watay International Airport at 9am Lao and Thai time.

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The time I arrived, it was already 9:50am. I am late for 50 minutes due to the delay. I rushed to the immigration counter to get my passport stamp. Well, Vietnam Airlines arrived earlier than my flight and there were long queue at the immigration. There are only 5 counters and only 4 were used on that day. So I messaged Noon and she told me they will be late. Okay, that’s fair enough!! LOL!!

After immigration clearence, went out of the airport and waited for around 1 hour and 30 minutes before they arrived and picked me up. Wattay International Airport is small enough and there’s nothing to do.

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Kookkai drove from Udon and parked her car near the border in Nong Khai. They then charter a van to tour around Vientiane and only costs around 600Baht. We went to Hor Pa Kaew after picking me up.

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 We then went for lunch at a restaurant which serves Ba Mee. After lunch, we headed to Patuxay and Pha That Luang straight away. The weather was hot so Noon and I decided not to go into Pha That Luang. We went there before. This is my third time in Laos and Noon’s fifth.

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Went walked over to buy 2 cups of ice cream. 10 Baht each. The seller is a very nice person. After a cup, I went over to him and ask him to refill my cup (so he doesnt need to waste his cup) and I told him I will pay him. He told me to refill as much as I want and it’s free. Noon and I look at each other. We do not want to take advantage. So we paid him and refill our cups. He is one of the nicest person I’ve ever met.

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DSC00465After That Luang, we went to the border straight away. Just before we enter Thailand, we went over to the duty free area. There are a lot of things to buy. Most of them sellers can speak Thai and maybe they are Thai. You can get DVDs for 20Baht per movie. There are also new DVDs from English to Korean, Japanese to Thai.

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5 responses to “Vientiane and The Friendship Bridge

  1. Nye

    I do miss Laos, don’t know when I will get to visit again.

    • Laos is a nice place. Vientiane is just nice, not as busy as Bangkok which is too hectic. Working in US?

      • Nye

        I live and work in the US, my whole family is here, and I only have an aunt in Paksan Laos, but I still have many relatives in Ubon Thailand. It is so expensive to go back and visit and that’s why I don’t visit very often, must be nice for you to go back often.

  2. You said that you been to Laos 3 different times? Any other cities you visited beside Vientaine?

    It is nice of you to pay for the refill even though he offered for free.

    By the way-flying from BKK to Udon is probably the cheapest way to get to VTE. The last time I checked, I think it cost around $30 each way. Although, I never try traveling this route before but thought about it few times.

    • Too bad that I’ve only been to Vientiane. I plan to go to Luang Prabang, Xiangkhoang and Luang Namtha in the future.
      That ice cream guy is a really nice guy. He was sitting and eating sticky rice too.
      Air Asia’s fare changes almost everyday. Last time I checked, it only costs around 20USD one way from Kuala Lumpur and the next day, it went up to 25USD. If the fare is too expensive then it fly into Bkk and then coach which is more tiring and time wasting.

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