My visa is expiring so I rush out of Thailand across the friendship bridge to Vientiane. I was surprised to find a very accommodating and friendly people. Vientiane is more quiet and relaxing than Bangkok or Manila. My favorite activity was to order my dinner along the Mekong River and watch the sunset. The food is good, Lao beer is one of the best, and the sunset is free. You should try Lao coffee also, the best coffee I’ve ever had.
I took the bus to VanVieng and stayed in one of the places along the river. Tried tubing and went on a trip with other travelers to a cave where locals used to hide during a Chinese invasion sometime in the 19th century?
I had had a very enjoyable time at Luang Prabang.