Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus in Laos
Trip Start Oct 06, 2007
16Trip End Apr 06, 2007
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In late December, we decided to leave the noisy chaos of Ha Noi behind for the more relaxing pace of Laos. We arrived in Vientiane, the capital city, and immediately fell in love with the serene atmosphere. Orange-clad monks strolled through the relatively empty streets,
Although Laos and Viet Nam are neighbors, they have vastly different cultures. Laos, a country of 8 million people, does not have one majority ethnicity; rather it is made up of many minority groups-among them the Hmong and Lao. Laos is also a country that is far more religious than Viet Nam. Each town we visited, no matter how small, had at least one wat, and we spent plenty of time getting to know them.
Two days in Vientiane were enough to get a feel for the city. and we then departed for Vang Viang 200 kilometers north.