Hotels Near The Mekong River, Vientiane Laos (Lao)
Hotel accommodation near Vientiane's Mekong River, architecturally is a mix of Asian, colonial French and modern western. Hotels close to Vientiane's CBD with internet, 80 TV channels, 4G mobile phone network, restaurants (or near restaurants) and swimming pools are common. More 4 and 5 star hotels in Vientiane being are being built every time I visit this booming city in central South East Asia. My home town of Si Chiangmai is closer to the Vientiane CBD than most Vientiane homes but it is on the south bank of the Mekong River in Thailand. The view across the Mekong to the new luxury hotels is impressive. When the river is dry, walking half a kilometre from Thailand to Vientiane is possible physically but illegal. Laos is developing quickly and being a member of ASEAN and recipient of foreign aid, conference hotels are booked well in advance. Cheap home stay style guest houses are also near Vientiane's CBD and Mekong River.
Travel to Vientiane is usually via Wattay International Airport near the Mekong River and close to the Vientiane central business district. Also popular is via the the first Thai Lao Friendship Bridge across the Mekong River, from the city of Nong Khai in the province of "Nong Khai" Thailand which is 20 km from Vientiane's CBD.
Buddhist Retreat Accommodation Near Vientiane
Near Vientiane I met a Buddhist monk from Perth Australia. We travelled over Friendship Bridge by bus into Thailand and then tuk-tuk to Nong Khai border town. Gavin gave up a well paid boilder maker job in Australia to do volunteer welding work at his forest monastery retreat in Thailand. Buddhist monks there provide retreat accommodation and therapy for drug addicts. Gavin hopes to set-up similar retreat accommodation and therapy in Perth. Forest monks rarely travel and wear brown robes.