Monthly Archives: March 2010

An Unusual Pipe from Vientiane

Acquired this unusual pipe in Vientiane. It cost me a princely sum of only US$16/- and is a beautiful piece of art made entirely of bone – complete with carvings on its bowl. I’m not sure if it was actually made … Continue reading

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Patouxai

It is said that along with coffee and baguettes, the Lao inherited a taste for pompous town planning from the French. You can see the Lao version of the Arc de Triomphe at Vientiane’s Champs-Élysées – built a tad higher to snub the … Continue reading

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Stupa That Luang

The golden Stupa That Luang in Vientiane is the biggest and most magnificent in all of Laos. It was first built in 1566, was destroyed in the 1828-1829 sack of Vientiane, and rebuilt in the 1930s. It is said to contain … Continue reading

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Vat Ho Phra Keo

Near to Vat Sisaket is Vat Ho Phra Keo, built by King Setthathirat in 1565. It is popular with Thai tourists as the temple is also called the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The king built this temple to house … Continue reading

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Vat Sisaket

Va Sisaket is the oldest temple in Vientiane. It was constructed by King Anouvong in 1818 and was the site of a ceremony in which Lao lords and nobles swore an oath of loyalty to the king. During the 1828 … Continue reading

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So I Stayed in a Palace

Old world charm, luxurious elegance amidst the tranquility of Laos In the heart of Vientiane stands the 29-room Settha Palace hotel. Built around 1932, and restored to its former imperial glory, the hotel serves as a testament to the long … Continue reading

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French Food in Vientiane

Vientiane is a sleepy hollow that’s not quite ready for the tourism industry. I was there from March 6 to 8, roasting under the hot, scorching sun – the weather station said it was 41 degrees Celsius! Vientiane doesn’t seem … Continue reading

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Las Vacas

Freddy Azman Safahan and Yusof Dayan Iskandar are owners of Las Vacas at 23, Jalan SS5A/ 11, Kelana Jaya in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. Las Vacas (“many cows” in Spanish) is not a restaurant but butchery. It’s butchery with a difference … Continue reading

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Rimowa Salsa Air

I used to carry Zero Halliburton bags but they weigh a ton, the locks are problematic – once, when I was in Chicago, I had to hire a locksmith to open my Zero – and they made me look like … Continue reading

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Wife No Enough?

I still think the whole Jack Neo saga, coming in the wake of the exposé on Tiger Woods’ philandering is a little fishy; could be a publicity stunt for all you know. What? Superbeng Jack Neo linked to 10 women? … Continue reading

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