Vientiane, Laos: Part II & The End – Opinion Has Changed

So, I’m standing in this long immigration line and I couldn’t help but look and see who was around me.  Smokers from Russia over my left shoulder, smoking where everyone was standing; backpackers who had red eyes a couple of people in front of me who had slow reactions to everything, druggies sitting on the ground talking about what drugs they’ve experienced with on Koh Phangan.

Do I need to continue?

Ok, so Laos attracts the bare minimum of humanity.  No, I have no authority, nor do I like speaking negatively about people, but to see these types of people entering Thailand, it’s no wonder the visa laws have gotten strict to get these types of individuals out.

Ok, outside of immigration, what else?

Vientiane Luxury Hotel – 3.5 out of 10 stars

Staff unhelpful, pool bar advertised but doesn’t serve drink, unhelpful and unfriendly staff from different nations (they’re not Laos people, but more Vietnamese and Indian), dated hotel, elevator looks like a horror film.

Grr, I hate being negative, but this could help people with making a decision on coming here in the future.  Why did I stay here? Looked very nice in pictures with great reviews.  Outside of a slightly above average breakfast, walking through the lobby scares me because everyone is just RUDE.

You’ve Pointed Out Everything NOT About Lao People

That’s right. Lao people are amazing.  The restaurants I’ve gone to have been superb.  Excellent service just outside the main road in town at a small, but wonderful restaurant with some pretty good food.  Went to a burger joint in the evening on Thursday and had a DELICIOUS Aussie burger.  Staff was FANTASTIC! Yes, the embassy employees were rude, but who wouldn’t be? If you would’ve seen some of those people yesterday, you would be disgusted.  But if I can some this all up, lao people are unbelievably friendly, but the city is overrun by druggies, smokers, and the worst backpackers in the world.  I was walking to my hotel yesterday and an American walked by, suspiciously looking at me, wreaking of marijuana and wanting a conversation, although he could hardly even hold himself up.

I’m grateful for Laos and Lao people, but this is a place I can never come to again because the energy is downright depressing.  Seeing these foreigners here, drugged out and socially awkward (AS HELL), makes me cringe.

So long, Laos!

Air Asia To Maldives = Spectacular

Air Asia, you have proved me wrong. What a spectacular flight heading into Male, Maldives. Also, this was the first ever non-stop flight directly from Don Meung International Airport. Normally there are stop overs in either Kuala Lumpur or Colombo, Sri Lanka.  A320-200 are revolutionized aircraft and they do an incredible job flying over water. Now, flying to Malaysia or Singapore is a pain in the ass because of what I call “bad air.”  

Can I add that it was on-time? Ok, maybe 13 minutes between takeoff, but fair enough. Malaysia Airlines was a whopping 2.5 hours later and they just shrugged their shoulders incredulously. Lol. 

Can I also add that I fell into lust? First, women with short-hair strike a nerve. This was the most beautiful Thai girl I’ve ever seen in my life: flight attendant. Yikes! Tomoko of Singapore Airlines is still in my heart from four years ago, but this particular flight attendant got my attention. Furthermore, this was the first flight I’ve ever seen a flight manager wearing an off-color compared to the rest of the attendants. She was wearing black and everyone else was wearing red. Interesting.

Food – the best airline food I’ve ever had on any plan in 11 years – period. Penang pork, fried egg and steamed rice never tasted so good before in my life. On top of that, how’s it better than some 5-star Airlines food?

Anyways, I’m actually writing this on the plane and it’s going to post immediately after getting wifi. So, it’s a relatively short blog; however, those who are looking for an easy, cheap, quick flight to one of the most gorgeous islands on the planet from Bangkok – Air Asia. 

Done!