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Monday, July 21, 2008

PRELUDE TO 2008 LAOS ADVENTURE

SABAI DEE! When I and my friends wanted some peace and quiet without the sands in our Speedos, we head to Laos. If we feel a little nostalgic and wanted to live a simple life, this is the place to go to.

I have seen Laos evolved in 3 stages: From the “unfamiliar” country to the “newest” Southeast Asian destination to the “most-sought-after” exotic paradise. And they did it within 5 years!

Laos would still remain the most exclusive travel destination in our region. Although there was a "backpacker's invasion" in recent years, still not too many people come or have the balls to visit. Even though most of the people I know travel extensively, I never fail to amaze them with my Laotian adventures.

Morgan, Sofia, Tommy and I flew from Hanoi to Vientiane on Vietnam Airlines flight 825 yesterday. Arrived at Wattay International Airport around 5pm. Only 7 airlines serve flights to the capital – Bangkok, Thai, EVA, Vietnam, China Southern, China Eastern and of course, Lao Airlines.

We’re going to meet some more BISEANers from Malaysia (Farah & Rhys), Indonesia (Xtian) and the Philippines (Francine & Michael) here in Vientiane, stay a couple of days; shake some money in Dan Savanh Casino, head to Luang Phrabang and the World’s Largest Waterfalls – all in 10 days.

I can’t wait to get out of my hotel room onto my bicycle! Woohoo!

Watch out for my posts!

--Pisanu in Vientiane
21 Jul 2008

19 Comments:

Butuin said...

OMG Pisanu!

How do you guys do it? First it was MU last for for a couple of days, then now Laos for a "simple life for day" vacation! How do you do it, I say again!

I wanna know.. !! Like, dead serious... Come by the Gold Coast ASAP and tell me about your lifestyle. I'll have coffee BLT ready by the beach to listen! hehe.. SOO ENVIOUS

<3 **BITUIN

Pisanu for BISEAN said...

Bituin means "star", "etoile" or "bintang" right? Cool!

Well, there's nothing to say. LOL. Obviously we don't work. *giggles*

Life is good.

So, you're from the City of Golden Friendship, eh? And you're in Gold Coast now! Cool!

Australia won't be in our radar soon I'm afraid... we got millions to see in our lovely region!

Sabai dee from Laos.

curbside_puppet said...

"I can’t wait to get out of my hotel room onto my bicycle! Woohoo!"

- I wanna do just that! Since Laos is landlocked, I have a feeling the countryside, especially those heading towards khone looks a bit like the filipino cordilleras...

i would like to see the mekong in person!!!!

Fable Frog said...

Laos is wonderful~ i'm glad i went once Airasia start to fly there. :D enjoy your holiday there~ :D which i know y'all will...

MischMensch said...

Ahem, Air Asia flies there too, I just found out.....

Enjoy yourself, viel spass

Le petite etoile LOL

the spool artist said...

Although it has changed considerably since the last five years, Laos is still worlds apart from any SEAsian country... and that is just its charm... it's backwater appeal its defining edge.

Aman Resorts is coming to Luang Prabang in a few months though so that will change it further, but we're not complaining, aren't we? Hehehe.

FunkaTronik said...

wow! Laos looks interesting..
thanks for sharing

Allen Yu said...

Wow Pisanu. You must be really really rich if you don't work and you travel a lot. I wish I could get out of the country one day. For now, school first. Lol.

Goodluck to your future trips! send us a word if ever your coming back to Manila. Let's eat fishballs. haha.

Sabai dee..

pakaleklalawak said...

I wonder who Francine & Michael are...I guess they are very lucky to be with people like Morgan, Sofia, Tommy and Pisanu....

curbside_puppet said...

@allen yu...

pisanu eating fish balls? do we have gourmet fish balls? i heard he's quite a picky eater...

Allen Yu said...

@curbside_puppet

I'll teach him how to eat everything. Ahahahaha!

Bituin said...

O-M-G are you good in gathering information, or what?!

I like stars, haha that's why I use Bituin as my nickname .. hehe.

Well... ya never know we could always bump into each other somewhere when I'm in THE region

;) Cheers!

Geir said...

I would like to know what a BISEANer is. I've followed your blog for a year now, but still haven't caugth the fly.

Christopher Lim said...

yeah good question. lol. I would like to know that too.

Also, AirAsia goes to Vientiane as well. from Bangkok, and Kuala Lumpur

savante said...

Kewlness! Tell us all the best places to go there.

Pisanu for BISEAN said...

Thanks guys for droppin' by. Will post soon. We are quite into cycling! LOL!

Air Asia flies to Luang Phrabang. Not Vientiane. For those guys asking.

Christopher Lim said...

No it doesnt. It flies to Vientiane only from Kuala Lumpur. From Bangkok it goes to Udon Thani. The Airasia.com website doesn't lie.

MischMensch said...

Tadah! Well I guess Pisanu and Sof and the others dun fly budget airlines. Heh

Tayla said...

I miss the easiness of Laos and not having to do anything but get up and enjoy the country when I was there. Are you guys only staying in Vientiane?

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