Arriving in Laos

Nok Air Plane that is Painted like a Chicken
We booked with Nok Air and were amused to see the plane painted like a chicken. If you look closely you can even see that she has eyelashes:

After landing in Udon Thani and taking a one hour van ride to the Thai-Laos border, we quickly realized that it was easy to be a millionaire here. We exchanged approximately $160 and got over a million Lao kip.

We knew right away that Laos would be an interesting place. The tuk-tuks looked different and we were so happy to be in a country where they drive on the right side of the road again.

Despite being in Laos’ capital of Vientiane, beauty was not far away, giving us an inkling of what the rest of the country might be like:

There were lots of fun things to try, like this cantaloupe shake (at least we think it was cantaloupe)…

…and this grass jelly drink that we tried. It was sweet and had chunks of grass jelly floating in it. It tasted pretty good actually.

One of the things we were excited about was being able to get French bread, something that is hard to find in Thailand but is abundant in Laos due to the French influence for hundreds of years. What we hadn’t expected is to see street names beginning with “rue” or “boulevard”. There were also signs in French such as the “bibliotheque” and “ministre de sante”. 

In short, we are happy to be here. Check back again to find out how we spent our first couple of days in Vientiane.

Mindy and Ligeia :):)
ps. we also realized just after arriving that Ligeia’s list of countries visited has finally caught up to her age. 🙂

3 thoughts on “Arriving in Laos

  1. Anonymous

    That is awesome. Don't forget them lizards. WUV WUV WUV

    P.S. Ligeia congrats on visiting your 60th country.


  2. Anonymous

    Ligeia, you must now travel slowly or you will age too fast. Just one country per year!
    Thanks for sharing these new and interesting adventures.

    Have fun! – love from Oma 🙂

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