Wednesday, May 4, 2011

2 Mackersy ladies in Vientiane

For the last few days we have had two lovely NZ visitors – Anne and Kate. Being adventurous they took the overnight train from Bangkok to Nong Khai. They coped with the scammers offering expensive Visa services near the border ... Although we have heard there is a small Thai tuk-tuk driver still receiving counselling after a tongue lashing from Anne, expressing her extreme displeasure with their behaviour J Neither of us was home on Friday to meet them so they coped admirably in finding our apartment and settling themselves in unaided.   After an evening at home to watch the Royal wedding; we took them out the next day to see our take on Vientiane.

After the compulsory visits to That Luang and Patuxay (insert Andrew's Vertical runway story here Patuxay Sep 2010 ) there was the visit to the Japanese Coffee house for the best coffees in VTE and scones with cream and a chocolate truffle. Refreshed, we wandered off in the heat to see the main shopping streets before a good lunch at a French café (le banneton) We had intended to have some Lao food but our choice of Makpet (the training restaurant makphet-restuarant ) was closed a) because it was election weekend and b) because it was May Day holiday. Back to the apartment and some time by the pool and relaxing.  A dinner out with some local Kiwi's ended a nice day

(below: I suspect both ladies are being told the same story and insights  about the Mekong and the Don Chan Palace hotel)

The next day was a visit to Haw Phra Kaew, where the emerald Buddha had been for 200 years before it was taken back to Bangkok haw-phra-kaew . A walk along the Mekong a visit to Talat Sao (morning market) and finishing with a sobering visit to COPE (Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise) cope-center-in-vientiane . Keeping up the international food theme we had lunch at the excellent Vietnamese café - PVO. In the late afternoon we wandered down to the Highland bar to watch the dark clouds and lightning over Thailand, while sipping Mojitos. Dinner at the Lao Garden and we finally actually ate some Lao food.

On Monday our charming guests departed, bound for Luang Prabang, and we very much enjoyed their brief stay with us

(once they return to Arrowtown and Brisbane we expect some photos to be sent to us!)

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