Writing this from my phone (Andrew) because the net is so expensive here. Arrived early morning Vientiane and spent the day sightseeing, ending with watching the sunset over the Mekong River having drinks on a terrace. Another capital city and we are just about citied out and looking forward to some travel across country. V is not as manic as Bangkok or Hanoi but there again where could be. Hotel is Laos's Fawlty Towers with a tall French lady as Basil and Qcin a young Laos girl as Manuel.
Had a brilliant drive this morning to Vang Vieng which is beautiful. Hotel room right next to river and overlooking brilliant mountains. Stopped for a break on the way and stumbled into a wedding reception in the mountains where we were made most welcome. Offered Beerlaos, a lovely rice dish, Laos whisky, photographed with the happy couple and ended up dancing with the guests. Made sure we gave them a donation to start their new life together.
Signing off now please excuse the wobbly writing as I'm in the bar whilst K is having a massage. Tomorrow early start and another drive (about 7-8 hours over the mountains to Luang Prabang.