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Indeed as Doc says, it was Wat Sok Pa Luang, more commonly written as Wat Sokpaluang or, in Lao, "ວັດໂສກປ່າຫຼວງ". Sokpaluang is also the name of the suburb or region of Vientiane where it's located. The Wat is apparently also known as "The Jungle Temple". Sadly, in answer to the part of your question If it still exists? and according to reviewers on ...


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Sounds like you're referring to 'Wat Sok Pa Luang'. I haven't been, but a few of the people I was traveling with in Laos did go and seemed to enjoy it. Any of the local taxi or tuk-tuk drivers will know how to get there. I don't recall the price, but I'm sure now that you know the name Google will be able to give you no end of information on it.


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The correct address appears to be : KM 3, Thadeua Road Watnak Village Sisattanak District Vientiane This would place it very close to the ambassadors residence, and in the same vicinity as multiple other embassies, including Japan, India, Singapore and Australia (which is at KM4, Thadeua Road). If you get stuck, I'm sure the staff at the Australia ...


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According to sakunavoyage and tourismlaos, the big racing day will be on the 20th of October, 2013. The week that precedes the racing day is more of social activities (what you are experiencing now) as mentioned in tourismlaos: One week before the race, Fa Ngum Quai (along Fa Ngum Road) is taken over by stalls selling all kinds of goods and foods or ...


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There is a place called Khop Chai Deu which reportedly sells Beer Lao on tap (more reports about it here).


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Ask a local for biá sot ("fresh beer") -- and beware of ice cubes. But these two backpacker stalwarts should have Beerlao on tap: Khop Chai Deu, Setthathirat Rd (next to the fountain square) Bor Pen Nyang, Fa Ngum Rd (aka the waterfront)


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CNNGo has a piece on this as well, explaining about how it was done. It sounds like there was a major expose and resulting crackdown. Wikitravel's page on Vang Vieng also states that there's been a massive shutdown. However, the Sydney Morning Herald reports these attempts have had 'mixed success': But two days ago, the river was still busy with more ...


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I was in SEA at the beginning of the year. Firstly, good on you for not flying south. It's a very expensive and unnecessary flight for a trip that can very easily be made on land. When it comes to VIP buses in South East Asia, there isn't usually a big difference, but it does depend on the price. Sometimes a VIP bus may give you better seating, A/C, only ...


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So a few days ago I decided to just hitchhike from "downtown" Vientiane to the Buddha Park and see if I would just stumble across some guest houses on the way. I departed quite late and didn't get any rides before it got dark so I only got as far as I could walk before too many angry dogs made me not want to push on. I only got about one quarter to one ...


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There are several cheap places near the Buddha park, but almost all of them are in Thailand. This is not really surprising since the Buddha park is in a relatively undeveloped place, in Laos, just across the river of a reasonably big town, called Nong Khai, across the border. The only exception in Laos seems to be the Thon Pho Ngern resort north-west of ...


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Wikivoyage does list one place you shouldn't miss, only it's semi-hidden earlier in the article: Buddha Park! Don't be fooled by the name, this is one seriously wacked-out temple/garden/art exhibit full of gigantic concrete statues, which has little to do with Buddhism and a lot to do with its creator Bunleau Sulilat. One of those Salvador Dali-esque crazy ...


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The Google Maps coverage of Laos is not great (we're working on it...), but Route 13 from Vientiane to Savannakhet and beyond to the Cambodian border is the main highway in Laos and there's plenty of facilities en route. Not much of it up to Western standards, mind you, but I gather you're fine with this ;) The main cities/points of interest along the way, ...


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Besides the two large places that jpatokal and uncovery found, both of which feel designed to attract foreigners, I finally found a small cheap restaurant that has Beerlao on tap tonight. In fact I'd passed it many times without noticing their draught beer or thinking it was Tiger (a Singapore beer) for some reason. The restaurant is called Kataenoy ...


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Have you considered Nam Ngum Reservoir and the surrounding area? There are tours going there, there are old Buddha statues, a market in Dong Makkhai etc. It's also close to the Phou Khao Khouay National Bio-Diversity Conservation Area, with Elephant treks and more to see. I am not sure if they charge entrance fees though.



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