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    Dadburn it...It's turning into Flipperville, here...Heh...And I don't understand a word of it...

    Onya, Flippers!...

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    Wait until you hear us speak in Tagalog. You'll be amazed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GracelessFawn View Post
    Wait until you hear us speak in Tagalog. You'll be amazed.
    So you figure out I'm a baldheaded grandpaw. . Nice to know there is a good mix of people here and that should make it interesting too.
    I'm a Yankee and I been living in the PI for over 9 years. I have been coming over to Thailand since 2009 and been keeping an apartment since 2011. The boss and I made plans to move here a while back and we are both pretty happy here.
    Yes, I ate balut, the boss will not.
    The boss speaks Tagalog and Bisaya. I'm really good at destroying Tagalog. Diba?
    I like Filipino food but most of the stuff that is served in restos is poo. Her mom and dad are both very good cooks and so is the boss.
    Salamat poo

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    ^Walang anuman, lolo. Magandang umaga/gabi!

    In Vientiane, get a hotel near the riverside. Lots of hotels there, with diff price ranges. I remember one was near my guesthouse, but I don't have my laptop & the pics at the moment. It's pleasant to walk along the riverside. There's a night market too.

    There are several pic threads abt Laos, just explore the forum. Just don't "bump" super old threads bcos the oldies here don't like it. Lol. I have some pics of Vte, but they're included in my Myanmar thread. I have other pic threads (PI, Vn, etc) if you're interested.

    As a Fil citizen, your wife won't need a visa to all the ASEAN countries, plus HK & Macau. I like Th bcos it's an ideal place to explore the mainland.

    As a Yank, you'll be called a seppo, septic, merkin here. Deal with it, Kano!

    Cheers & welcome to TD, grandpa baldie!

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    ^When I lived in BKK, I usually take the overnight train to Nong Kai during long weekends and holidays. Upon getting to Nong Kai in the morning, I'd cross the border and if the queue isn't v long during border crossing, I'll be having brunch in Vientiane. Vientiane is interesting because their buildings are hybrids with French and Buddhist influences.

    One time when I went to Vientiane, there was this black market type thing going on with people selling all sorts of stuff from tents or tables. I really enjoyed rummaging through stuff in that market. I ended up buying scarves, loads of bracelet and a decent telescope. The telescope was an awesome buy. It was tax free, so really cheaper than standard market prices. I'm not really sure if that bazaar happened on a regular basis, or if it was a weekly phenomenon , but it wasn't there when I visited the place again, and again, and again, and again.

    Vientiane has a lot of wonderful restaurants. Loads of nice wine available also. Just don't buy the made in China wines they sell v v cheap at Duty Free. It taste like watered crap!
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    The overnight train is nice with a private cabin. If you enjoy train journeys, which most people probably do.

    But nowadays it's probably twice the cost of flying domestic on Air Asia or Nok Air.

    Wine and baguettes are certainly a plus for Laos.

    There was talk of an international train going from BKK to Vientiane a few years ago, but I'm not sure why it didn't come to fruition.

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    Or maybe you can, with a change over in Nong Khai to a shuttle train that goes 4km over the border, about 13km outside of Vientiane.

    How to travel by train, bus & boat to & within Laos | Bangkok-Vientiane by train

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    I've enjoyed staying at the Best Western Hotel Vientiane when having to visit the Thai Embassy there. Clean rooms, comfortable beds, nice lounge area and they have a great pepper steak in their restaurant. I is near the river and action. The desk can arrange vans to wherever you want to go.

    Best Western Hotel Vientiane , Cheap Vientiane Deals - up to 69% off

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    The magic number.

    I'm sold.

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    Where's the night action in Vientiane, BLD?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sumbitch View Post
    Where's the night action in Vientiane, BLD?
    its there but limited, it's not as in yer face as Thailand , no hab girly beer bars per se, but with a bit of effort one can get a shot away, not me though I gave up tampering with the dollys when I got married.

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    Last time I was there around 2009 some local ladies got very lucky in Bor Pen Nyang and that disco in the basement of the big hotel downstream along the Mekhong.

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    We stayed at a place south east of VTE proper as the river winds north. A nice cottage not far down the road from a beer bar. Lots of neon and music. A motel across the street called something like Bangon Nightly. As we passed there were ladies on the street but the gf assured me they were ladyboys. Maybe just so I wouldn't look back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    Last time I was there around 2009 some local ladies got very lucky in Bor Pen Nyang and that disco in the basement of the big hotel downstream along the Mekhong.
    they still mention you in dispatches at the bor pen yang luigi, I think the big disco you are referring to was in the don chan palace on about the 3rd floor, used to be where to go when the bor pen yang shut but closed now after a bit of gun play with the locals, some big late night bars out on the airport road though, haven't been in em for a while , to damn noisy for this old badger

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    Speaking of Badges, I'm now best friends with the local lawmen. Tomorrow off to tour the Bolavan Plateau via the posse.

    Amazing what can happen if you just bring fish for dinner.

    Peace out,fish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker
    its there but limited, it's not as in yer face as Thailand , no hab girly beer bars per se, but with a bit of effort one can get a shot away, not me though I gave up tampering with the dollys when I got married.
    Quite reasonable.

    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi
    that disco in the basement of the big hotel downstream along the Mekhong.
    I knew of a few good riverside bars and restaurants. Can't remember any clubs, tho.

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    Going to shoot for the Best Western.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sumbitch View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi
    that disco in the basement of the big hotel downstream along the Mekhong.
    I knew of a few good riverside bars and restaurants. Can't remember any clubs, tho.
    Yeah, I really had to scour the German monger forums before arriving to get info on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Auroria View Post
    The overnight train is nice with a private cabin. If you enjoy train journeys, which most people probably do.

    But nowadays it's probably twice the cost of flying domestic on Air Asia or Nok Air.

    Wine and baguettes are certainly a plus for Laos.

    There was talk of an international train going from BKK to Vientiane a few years ago, but I'm not sure why it didn't come to fruition.
    I used to buy two tickets for the private cabin. It has a bunk bed, and its good for two people. I just didn't want to be in that cabin all night with a stranger.

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    Hi folks,
    We are taking a bus to Laos from Pattaya. All I can say, it was recommended by other filipinas and there boyfriends. We booked the VIP seats and hope it is a bit easier on the bobot.

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    ^Hi lolo, wow, bus from Pattaya to Vientiane?! That must be what, 8-10 hours on the bus? (since BKK-VTE is an overnight train trip). Is it an overnight bus ride? If it's a daytime ride, you'll be bored silly. At least, for a night bus, you'll just be sleeping. Are night buses in Th reliable? There are night buses from Chiang Mai to Bkk, I think? Also from Mae Sot to Bkk & vice versa.

    If you'll be traveling during the day, GOOD LUCK, your popo will need it!

    Masaganang bagong taon sa iyo at iyong pamilya!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GracelessFawn
    I used to buy two tickets for the private cabin. It has a bunk bed, and its good for two people. I just didn't want to be in that cabin all night with a stranger.
    Damn you were bucks up!!! Even way back in the day a discount ticket on Thai Air was cheaper than 2, first air con sleeper seats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Is it an overnight bus ride? If it's a daytime ride, you'll be bored silly.
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    To some degree. I can't imagine anything worst than a 10 hour Thai bus trip.

    Domestic flights are so cheap nowadays, there's really no need for long bus journeys unless you're molded in an Ivan Milat-esque style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Is it an overnight bus ride? If it's a daytime ride, you'll be bored silly.
    One liter bottle of Yen Yen. The Yen Yen replaced with a bottle of wine.

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    To some degree. I can't imagine anything worst than a 10 hour Thai bus trip.

    Domestic flights are so cheap nowadays, there's really no need for long bus journeys unless you're molded in an Ivan Milat-esque style.
    I can tell You never drove through Texas???

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    Thankfully not. Got refused at the state-line. Had two opposable thumbs. Two too many for Texas, apparently.

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