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Message started by Admin Saovaluck on 15th Mar, 2015 at 1:52pm

Title: Trip to Talat, Vientiane province
Post by Admin Saovaluck on 15th Mar, 2015 at 1:52pm
Sorry for neglecting the Lao side of things for a while, this year has been very busy for me as far as ruby slipper making is concerned.

Below are some photos from our trip to Talat, which is a town around 2 hours drive from Vientiane. It's probably shorter than that but they are building a road so driving was pretty slow.

The food was quite nice and the cruise was enjoyable. You need a bit of money as it can cost 300,000 kip (nearly $40 US for just an hour) and you have to buy your own food and drinks. I've been on a river cruise and blew $250 US for two hours. Smaller boats don't have toilets so its best to go before you hop aboard.




Trip to Talat, Vientiane province

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Title: Re: Trip to Talat, Vientiane province
Post by grant on 15th Mar, 2015 at 5:51pm
Might just do that and make a trip to Talat for a boat cruise. Just have to find the time but will make time at some point 😊

Title: Re: Trip to Talat, Vientiane province
Post by Mak Nad on 16th Mar, 2015 at 10:34am
Laos is a very expensive country, even more than Thailand sometimes. I was in Laos for 3 months and spent about $2000

Title: Re: Trip to Talat, Vientiane province
Post by Admin Saovaluck on 16th Mar, 2015 at 2:23pm
About $650 per month is quite cheap, probably more of a backpacker-style holiday on a low budget.

Some of my relatives spend an average of $1,500 per week in Laos. They tend to look for the best hotels and best restaurants.

Title: Re: Trip to Talat, Vientiane province
Post by peterpan on 17th Mar, 2015 at 8:15am
Very nice food.

Title: Re: Trip to Talat, Vientiane province
Post by peterpan on 17th Mar, 2015 at 8:40am
I went to a world heritage in Yunnan and it is wonderful. the pic is big, I cut it to 3. It is a paddy field covering several big mountains.  Most people are ethnic Ha Ni, or Ai Ni. 3 hours trip to moutain foot, 1.5 hours to mountain top.
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Title: Re: Trip to Talat, Vientiane province
Post by peterpan on 17th Mar, 2015 at 8:53am
In rural Thailand, like Lumpang,or Chiang Rai, or Khon Khaen. it is acceptable.  But. 1 month costs 1200 USD it too much. I think you indulged in pubs every day.  ;D ;D ;D


Buk Nut wrote on 16th Mar, 2015 at 10:34am:
Laos is a very expensive country, even more than Thailand sometimes. I was in Laos for 3 months and spent about $2000


Title: Re: Trip to Talat, Vientiane province
Post by Mak Nad on 18th Mar, 2015 at 12:04am
How burgeoise admin. So much for Lao people being communist.

Title: Re: Trip to Talat, Vientiane province
Post by TexasCowboy on 25th Mar, 2015 at 12:25am
Yeah that is pretty despicable behavior... unfortunately far too common among the hi so capitalist swine. Spend money acquired from logging and deforestation while their countrymen suffer malnourishment.

Title: Re: Trip to Talat, Vientiane province
Post by Admin Saovaluck on 25th Mar, 2015 at 5:38am
I'm also not happy with the illegal loggers in Laos.

They cut down trees in Laos, trees become free for them, and they sell them for money or use the trees to make products for sale. They are wealthy, they make good money and send their kids overseas to get a good education. I know people like that in Laos but no one can say anything.

These days there is not a lot of trees on the streets of Vientiane like the past, so the city has become hotter.

Title: Re: Trip to Talat, Vientiane province
Post by Mak Nad on 26th Mar, 2015 at 8:22am
Admin, is this ທ່າລາດ or ຕະຫລາດ

Title: Re: Trip to Talat, Vientiane province
Post by Admin Saovaluck on 26th Mar, 2015 at 8:39am
The first one is correct, the second one means "shop". A different meaning.

We usually don't accept Lao language on this forum but that's fine since it's hard to understand the pronunciation of some Lao words in English.

Title: Re: Trip to Talat, Vientiane province
Post by Mak Nad on 26th Mar, 2015 at 9:59am
I think "Talad" is market, shop would be "Han" no?

Heh, it's just as I thought, I was just making sure.

Title: Re: Trip to Talat, Vientiane province
Post by Admin Saovaluck on 26th Mar, 2015 at 11:45am
"Han" basically refers to one store, or one shop. A shoe store for example is "Han Gerp".

"Talad" also means market. Every shopping place in Laos seems to be called a market, even our largest shopping center, the Morning Market.

Market to me just sounds like a place where they sell fruit and vegetables. Most people wouldn't call the Morning Market in Vientiane a "market" if it was their country, but more of a shopping mall or shopping center.

Title: Re: Trip to Talat, Vientiane province
Post by Mak Nad on 27th Mar, 2015 at 9:30am
What happened to that mall they were building in Vientiane? I heard they ran out of money and stopped building it.

Actually I saw it last year and it still wasn't done.

Title: Re: Trip to Talat, Vientiane province
Post by Admin Saovaluck on 27th Mar, 2015 at 10:39am
It will be big. Things are slow in Laos but everything gets done eventually.

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