Posted by: Bert and Tania | February 8, 2010

Luang Prabang to Vientiane

We’re now back in Vientiane waiting to catch a VIP overnight bus direct to Bangkok (NOT a sleeper bus this time). Here are some more pics of our last day in Luang Prabang visiting the night fruit market, Kuang Si falls near Luang Prabang, the view from the bus on the way to Vientiane and a temple in Vientiane. The temple was the only one that survived when the Siamese razed the entire city to the ground in 1828.

Our favourite cafe in Luang Prabang was called JoMa and we were pleasantly surprised to find an identical one in Vientiane so we could chew on our morning ‘bagel egger’ and use the wireless network. Pics of Tania doing just this in both are attached so you can compare and contrast.

Also found Laos’s largest chuff market in Vientiane with the largest proportion of fake clothes, watches and phones of any market I’ve seen. Attached are pics of fake iPhones and fake Ferrero Rocher but they also had Playstations and iPods.

I’ve found a couple of pics of the torture (sleeper) bus from Vietnam to Laos too.



  1. this all looks wunderbar…! how much longer have you guys got in s e asia?? so insanely jealous it’s giving me indigestion.

    ahh.. robbo, sorry for not replying sooner to that text of yours about what a martini is. are you sure you want me to go on about this on your blog..?

    well all right then. i can’t bear to see a grown man beg. here goes (as far as i’m aware)…

    a martini is actually the name of the glass in which said beverage tends to be served. originally, in the olden days, a martini was always made with gin and varying levels of vermouth depending on if you wanted a ‘wet’ martini or ‘dry’ martini. even with gin martinis there are loads of weird and wonderful ones: ‘dirty’ martinis (where a bit of olive juice is left in), gibsons, etc. basically though they’re all really just martini glasses full of cold, neat gin. lovely.

    modernists like james bond brought about the advent of vodka being used in martinis. hence the vodka martini. same basic idea though.

    oh, and originally they used to stir them (rather than shake) for various reasons that i’ve heard, including so as not to ‘bruise’ the gin (whatever that means) and so as not to dilute the gin too much.

    that was partly why bond was such a modern, revolutionary character – cos he always insisted on his martinis being shaken (horror) not stirred (like a gentleman would have).

    nowadays pretty much anything in a martini glass can get away with having the word martini tacked on at the end.

    so there. my potted history of the martini. on your blog. just as you asked/begged.

    big love to both of you.

    yash xx

    • Yash, thanks for your amazing comment, although it’s really more of a letter really. And why not. Thanks for clarifying the martini issue, I feel I have new wisdom and am glad to be able to share it with the other readers of our blog. big love to you guys too.

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