My Flight from Vientiane to Bangkok: 3 Solid Life Lessons I Learned

(This is a story from my flight from Vientiane to Bangkok which was not in any way meant to attack or criticize anyone. Everyone is welcome to share their thoughts at the comments section.)

As the van I hired for a private day tour approached Wattay International Airport, my heart started to feel heavy. I don’t want to leave Vientiane yet. I underestimated Vientiane. I thought I can just go on a day trip for the sake of going and just come back to see Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng for a much longer time. But Vientiane is charming. I liked it there. The people I met surprised me, a lot.

I only had a very little chat with my driver since from my previous attempts to ask questions, I could say he only knew limited English. When he dropped my small grey luggage at the departure area of Wattay, “This is it, I have to leave now. I can’t stay longer. I have a job, and I can always go back anytime.”

The orange-y dusk sunlight was streaming through the airport glass windows, and it was seriously stunning. I was queuing up at the leftmost check-in counter for my connecting flight from Bangkok to Manila. I was the only one at the queue but the whole area was very noisy and it smells like a Grade School Physical Education class. A big group of Chinese tourists are queuing up at the other Lao Airlines counters and most of their flights are bound to Chinese provinces. The closest to my counter was a counter for a flight bound for Changsha.

As I was about to take my turn to hand in my passport to the check-in personnel, two old Chinese me went to my counter, literally pushed me leftwards, and talked to the check-in personnel in Chinese, which of course the check-in guy could not understand. From how I read the situation, they these old guys are agitated with the long queue and attempted to check-in on my counter, pushing me aside.

“Your counter is over there, you can’t check in here. See, this is for a flight to Bangkok”, said the check-in personnel, pointing to the LED sign above the counter that says “BANGKOK” with the Chinese translation next to it (I assume). The check-in personnel offered to check-in my luggage all the way to my connecting flight to Manila, but I declined because I will be flying on a different airline and I’m scared of losing my luggage (which I regretted later and will tell you about it on a different post).

I have a lot of experience having visited some tourist spots with a big group of Chinese tourists, and there are other opportunities to talk more about it. Scenes like that always reminded me of the first scene of the movie The Terminal where a group of Chinese tourists all wearing a Mickey Mouse shirt (probably from Disneyland) is already a red flag to the immigration authorities at the airport. But to be fair, here is an article that could shed light to many things we don’t understand about the Chinese tourist culture.

Wattay International Airport is small, I could compare it to, let’s say, a typical domestic airport in the Philippines, or maybe like Brunei International Airport. I proceeded to the almost empty boarding gate assigned to my flight, surrounded by a few and closed coffee shops and restaurants. On my way to Vientiane the day before, the flight was full, mostly by a big group of middle-aged Thai tourists. I’m seeing a few Western backpackers, some business travelers, and me.

Going to Vientiane was something I took advantage of when I had the chance to go back to Bangkok to present my academic research paper to an International Conference. My trip to Vientiane completed my ‘ASEAN Travel Goals’ bucket list I promised myself way back from high school. It was nice counting countries as a traveler, but I also promised to make it a point to keep coming back to places I fell in love with. I looked for a wi-fi sign around, saw a letter-sized bond paper with the password printed on it, only to find out it’s not working.

I did not buy a Lao SIM card because I was only there for a day, so I was forced to subscribe to my postpaid’s roaming promo because I was really excited to post my photo in Patuxai on Instagram and tell the world that that day marks accomplishing a major item on my travel bucket list. Just like any other social media user, I waited for the likes and congratulatory comments from my followers. As I was doing that, the big group of Chinese tourists started to conquer what used to be the peaceful spot I was sitting with listening to my Westlife playlist on Spotify and scrolling my Instagram feed.

One of them was at the small souvenir shop by the corner and trying to call someone at the other end of the boarding area, around 40 feet away from her. It was so loud that her voice is echoing inside that almost empty hall we’re in. I looked around and met eyes with one of the Western backpackers, we just smiled as if telling each other to just ignore them even though the disturbance they bring just irked everyone inside that room.

The skies started to get darker, and I was thinking what will I do with my 6-hour layover inside Suvarnabhumi Airport. My boarding time was kind of delayed, something that the frequent flyer in me has gotten very, very used to. Just like my lost of trust in people in general *insert black heart emoji*, I no longer expect a lot from the departure and arrival times printed on every plane ticket I get hold of. It was an almost empty flight, so I assumed I could occupy the whole row by myself, but I was assigned to a seat between two men.

The guy at the window seat was okay since he just slept the whole time since he buckled up his seatbelt. The man to my left was an Northeast Asian-looking grandpa-ish guy on this maroon button up shirt with a briefcase. Because of my prior unpleasant encounters with the Chinese tourists I met earlier that day, I initially felt uncomfortable sitting next to him.

At the back of my mind, I was reflecting on trying to understand why Chinese tourists behave that way. “Okay, I’m a traveler, so I have to be compassionate and understanding with EVERYONE, no matter who they are and where they came from.” There were a lot of empty seats inside the plane, but I insisted on staying in my assigned seat and challenged myself to be that kind of traveler who always aimed to open up my mind to the world and all the good and bad.

I unfolded the neck part the black turtleneck pullover that I always wear during flights to cover my face as I try to sleep and hope that my seatmate would not do anything that would annoy me. I was trying to sleep in the middle of the flight when he tried to wake me up to hand me the arrival card. That’s the only time I was able to look at his face and say thank you. “Damn, he’s not with the Chinese tourist group and he doesn’t look Chinese.” I was wrong.

Having studied in a university in Manila where a lot of Northeast Asian students also study, I mastered the skill of distinguishing who among them are Chinese, Japanese, and Korean by their facial features. The man started writing on his arrival card (something I only cram on when I am about to queue up at the immigration counter, plus, it was a night flight and the plane lights are off).

The man was trying to reach out to one of the cabin lights in our row to write on his immigration card. I offered to do it so I had another chance to glance at him, and he said thanks. He was old, and I was assuming he’s traveling alone. My paternal grandpa died when I was little and my maternal grandpa is someone we only see occasionally and he died when I was in college, so I never really grew up with a grandpa, like other children in my country did. I have a soft heart for old people, and seeing him traveling alone, I want to cry.

Oh, I know people maybe the same age as him traveling like that (my Professors, for instance), but I was wishing they were with someone. What if their luggage was heavy? What if they couldn’t walk that long from the plane to the arrival area? I don’t know, I may be underestimating them, but it made me reflect about so many things, real hard.

I was peeking through his seat as he was filling up his arrival card, he started to get his passport. “I knew it, he’s Japanese!”. I saw him fill up his age and his occupation, and I was like, “Ohhhh.”. The cabin crew started distributing our complimentary snacks. The packaging of the snacks were nice. They were inside a very well-designed high-quality carton box and inside were cheese pimiento sandwich and water.

The Japanese guy started to get something from his bag. It was a small compact digital camera with a string at the lower right part and he took a photo of his in-flight snack. I don’t know why, but that touched my heart a lot and I started rolling up my turtleneck shirt again to my face and started catching the tears running through my eyes. Then he started browsing photos he took around Vientiane which I could peek in from his camera screen. I started crying even more.

I have no idea about who he is and I only have the said few information about him, but it got me reflecting about what I am currently doing with my life.

LESSON # 1: I have been out and about seeing the world, but what about my parents and my family?

I came from a very laidback, conservative family in a small town south of Manila, but all the exposure and experiences I had outside home has turned me into someone with a very opposite perspective about the world compared to the rest of my family. I have been very ambitious, aggressive, and unstoppable. Sometimes it frustrates me that instead of support, all I usually get are some nagging and ctiticism (#AsianValues). But again, we could set aside this story in another post.

While I always celebrate my travels on social media and this blog together with supportive friends and followers, I always think about my family whenever I’m seeing new places. I always wish I have the means to take all of them to see the places I saw, and to share the emotions I felt along the way. But none of them are as interested to travel as I do.

I have been ‘influencing’ people to see and learn about the world through this blog and my Instagram page, but I can’t even influence the right people: my family. Nonetheless, I am hoping I could still convince them to travel because traveling solo most of the time can get a little lonely, and I am happy seeing people post their photos on social media having family trips to Hong Kong Disneyland and Universal Studios Singapore. The downs of solo traveling is something I can also talk about in another post.

I have no idea why Japanese grandpa went to Vientiane alone, but it made me realize that from time to time, we all deserve to travel with people we care about and share all the memories with them, not just bring them home fridge magnets and postcards. To those who have traveled with your family, I am very happy for all of you.

LESSON # 2: Life is short. Some will really maximize it, some will take it easy, but everyone has to respect everyone’s choice.

Being the ambitious, aggressive, unstoppable as I have always been, the travel aspect of my bucket list contains counting cities and working hard to earn more from sharing all my travel experiences and stories on this blog and my Instagram page. Yes, my goals are quantified, they are always translated to numbers. I have lived with the idea that you can’t manage what you can’t measure.

Like me, some people want to achieve something at a certain age. Perhaps some want to travel to x number of countries before 30, some want to save their first million before 35, and some want to get married and have three kids by 25. Not everyone is inclined to travel, so we must not think differently of people who are okay with seeing the Merlion, or riding a cable car at Ngong Ping.

I have been to less than 20 countries in my late 20s, and while I am not sure if it was Japanese grandpa’s first time in Laos, he got me more motivated to see the world and there is, for sure, plenty of time. I am very young and capable of doing more great things. To those who have limitations to travel like a full-time job, financial challenges, and other responsibilities, just take it easy. We all have our different circumstances, capacities, and timelines.

Next time I will enlighten you more about how I can squeeze in travel albeit having a full-time job. If I can, you can, too!

LESSON # 3: What is the whole point of all of this, really? How do I wanna get old?

“Do I also see myself traveling to Vientiane when I reach Japanese grandpa’s age?” After asking this question to myself, I can’t help but freak out about my whole life and future, being the control freak that I am. Having described the kind of family I grew up in, everything in my life has always been a product of trial and error. I could beat myself up about wasted time and opportunities had someone educated me about specific things about life, but having to surpass almost everything on my own is an achievement in itself. Moreover, the kind of person I am today is something I owe to all the mistakes I did in the past.

Okay, let’s see what my long term plans are: travel the world, find a husband who don’t wanna have kids, nail my career as an academic, have a financially-secured life, have the capacity to do whatever makes me happy, and establish something that can help people solve specific problems.

“So, Sherlyn, you said you plan everything with numbers in them, but I don’t see any numbers in here.” There are numbers behind that list, for sure, but what if I wanna get married by 30 and find myself celebrating my 30th birthday dating no one? What if I am aiming to save a specific amount of money then something happened and I had to use it for another purpose? What if I worked my butt off and stopped my whole life to earn a PhD only to realize I don’t want to be a Professor anymore?

The point is, everyone is welcome to plan their lives. Nobody cares how ambitious or unrealistic they could be, but it’s your life. But along the way, most of us learn that even though we can manage to control as many aspects of life as we can, there will always be things that you don’t have control of. And it’s gonna take a toll on your dreams. It’s gonna ruin all your plans and timelines. But that’s life, and we all should consider this big factor whenever thinking about our future.

All these life reflections because of one flight. One flight can make you revisit things. One flight can change your whole life. Flights are parts travel that people either dread or get excited with. Sitting next to a stranger on a plane without talking to him was an unexpected moment that moved me and changed a loft of my perspectives on life.

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Vientiane is the capital city of Laos. Like other countries in the Greater French Indochina region in mainland Southeast Asia, it used to be a French colony. It is now a popular travel destination, hence, a lot of people now visit Vientiane Laos and there are now so many things to do in Laos. You will see a lot of evidence of the French colonial period in its architecture and way of life. A visit to Vientiane Laos is definitely different than other Southeast Asian destinations because the list of things to do in Laos is getting longer.

Laos may not be a popular direct travel destination to most of us, but a lot of tourists and backpackers considered to visit Vientiane Laos (and other destinations like Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, among others) as part of their Indochina vacation. Today, Vientiane capital is home to museums, temples, markets, and lots of green spaces. Moreover, you will see French bakeries there which serve yummy bread! The bread lover in me was happy to be in this place.

Vientiane is a small town, and anyone who will visit Vientiane Laos can take up to 1-2 days, but of course, it still depends on your purpose. I went to visit Vientiane Laos only as a side trip when I went to Bangkok for an academic conference. I was able to score an airline promotion with their flag carrier, Lao Airlines, where I was able to book in a short notice. Vientiane is only an hour flight from Bangkok.

#SherlynInLaos and My Experience Flying with Lao Airlines

My avid readers (if I have some haha!) would know that I travel very frequently both for business and pleasure. This year was a record-breaker for me in terms of travel. I’ve flown to Bandar Seri Begawan, Bali, Singapore, Macau, Bangkok, and Vientiane, and I still have cities in the pipeline! I kinda got used to staying in different types of accommodations, and therefore I know how to judge an accommodation very well.

I went to Bangkok for a conference, and since Vientiane is only an hour away from Bangkok and I had some time to spare after the conference, I decided to buy a ticket and fly to visit Vientiane Laos. Also, it is my goal this year to visit Vientiane Laos because will complete my ASEAN travel bucket list! I got torn between choosing to fly in Vientiane and Luang Prabang, and I ended up choosing the former. I could always go back to see the rest of Laos, right?

I booked a flight to Vientiane via Lao Airlines and it was really hard to choose between Vientiane and Luang Prabang because I can only go to one place given my limited time.

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My worn-out passport and Lao Airlines ticket to Vientiane!

Can I just say that I love the tickets of Lao Airlines? The quality of the printed boarding pass is really good! The Lao Airlines Counter at Suvarnabhumi Airport is at the faaaaar right, but there is a bookstore nearby and the counter for travel tax refund is also right there.

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My first flight with Lao Airlines!

Look at the aircraft design of Lao Airlines! It was really, really beautiful! Can I get the Pantone of this kind of blue? Dok Champa, the national flower of Laos, is at the logo of the Lao Airlines aircraft. The female cabin crews of Lao Airlines also wear dok champa on their hairbuns. Elegant!

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I was also excited when I found out that Lao Airlines has complimentary The Vientiane Times newspapers (I love collecting newspapers from my travels abroad!)

Oh, btw, aside from Lao Airlines, AirAsia also flies directly from Bangkok to Vientiane.

THINGS TO DO IN LAOS (VIENTIANE): LAOS TOURIST SPOTS

This mini travel guide walks you through the top things to do in Laos, specifically at the Vientiane capital. You should you have a day or two to travel and go around this quaint little Southeast Asian capital. Now without further ado, here is the list of spots you could visit in Vientiane, Laos:

Presidential Palace

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Things to do in Laos: Presidential Palace (Laos Tourist Spots)

Definitely not the Palace of Versailles, but you will see a lot of French architecture elements to this building. It is not open to the public but you can just admire the building from the outside and take photos. In my photo you will see a flag of Laos and Hungary because when I went here, the President of Hungary was in an official visit to Laos. The place houses the President of Laos who also acts as the General Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party. This landmark is featured in 50000 Kip banknote.

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Buddha Park (Xieng Khuan)

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Buddha Park (Laos Tourist Spots)

A park with almost 200 giant Buddha statues? This is the place. However this is not located in Vientiane proper (25 kilometers away to be exact), but I recommend you consider visiting this place. Because of its outdoor nature, it is technically not a temple, but the presence of all these giant Buddha statues makes it like a temple.

My guide told me a lot of interesting trivia about Buddhism and the origins of the Songkran Festival when we are strolling around the park. To be honest, all the varying images of Buddha are overwhelming, but there is so much background information and story behind all of them. I saw that the park is being extended and improved to serve more parkgoers. Xieng Khuan means ‘Spirit City.

On our way to Buddha Park, I had a view of Laos countryside and our guide shared a lot of information about Lao politics, development, the influx of Chinese investments, and how Laos ended up under the hands of the communists and stayed as a communist country. It was a very interesting conversation, and damn it, I did not take down notes! 🙁

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Pha That Luang

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Phat That Luang (Laos Tourist Spots)

Located at the center of Vientiane, this stunning gold-covered Buddhist stupa is a must-visit in this place. It was believed to be built around 3rd century but has undergone a lot of restorations since then. I love it how they were able to preserve its beauty. And also, it does not look like the other Buddhist stupas I visited in the past. Its name also means ‘Great Stupa’. It shines really magnificently especially in the middle of the day.

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Patuxai

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Patuxai (Laos Tourist Spots)

Patuxai is a victory monument in Vientiane which was built to honor the people who fought for the independence of Laos from France. They say the architecture of this structure is Laotian, but it resembles the Arc de Triomphe in France, which makes Patuxai the taller Lao counterpart of the said French landmark.

They usually open the fountains in front of this structure, but sadly when I went there the fountains are not functioning or was turned off. I was also able to climb the stairs at the top of the building (I’m talking about a legit cardio exercise here, guys!) and there is a stunning view of Vientiane capital at the top. Souvenir shops are also located at the top.

Wat Si Saket

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Wat Si Saket (Laos Tourist Spots)

One of my favorite parts of Southeast Asian history which I always passionately tell my students is the part when the Emerald Buddha currently housed in Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok was formerly housed in this very temple in the name of Wat Si Saket in Vientiane.

Rumor has it (and some academic sources, btw) that it was ‘stolen’ by Thailand from Laos during the Siamese occupation, and my guide LOLed at me when I tried asking him if it was true. Of course, I never meant anything negative about it, and history also has so many versions. Wat Si Saket is considered as Vientiane’s oldest surviving wat. Some parts of it are being painted with nice colors but it’s gonna take a long time before it gets done.

Wat Phra Kaew

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Wat Phra Kaew (Laos Tourist Spots)

Originally built in 1565 to house the Emerald Buddha, this former temple has been rebuilt several times and you can see how they were able to keep its original beauty. It now serves a museum housing a lot of religious arts. It is called the Temple of the Emerald Buddha by the locals. Parts of it are being restored and they were very beautiful.

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Wat Si Muang (Simuong)

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Wat Simuong (Laos Tourist Spots)

This particular temple is apparently a Khmer temple situated in Vientiane. This is actually busiest wat I have visited in Vientiane. There are so many people praying and there is a monk inside which blesses the goers. I was told a lot of trivia by my guide that monks are actually not allowed to touch women, so when the monks are putting the strings (a bracelet-like) in women’s wrists, they have to be really careful.

COPE Visitor Center

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Things to do in Laos: COPE Visitor Center (Laos Tourist Spots)

Probably the best and the most emotional place I’ve visited in Vientiane was the COPE Visitor Center. COPE means Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise, and this place is meant to serve as an informative place to people about the efforts of the organization into helping the victims of the unexploded bombs (UXOs) which the US has dropped in Laos during the Vietnam War (the US, in fact, dropped 2 million of them).

COPE Visitor Center will orient you with the horrors of the Vietnam War but will end in a positive light where victims could go on with their lives with the help of the organization and other donors. They have several films about the Vietnam War and Laos’ Secret War. I wish I could stay here longer to learn more about Laos’ history, but I have limited time that day. Well, I could always go back. 😉

Vientiane Center

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Things to do in Laos: Vientiane Center (Laos Tourist Spots)

Hey, I have found Filipinos’ ‘soul people’ in terms of their love (I’m a Filipina but I hate malls) for going to shopping malls, the Laotians! Apparently, Laotians also looooove going to the malls to spend time with their family and friends.

When my guide took me to Vientiane Center, the place was just full of people and it resembles a typical mall in the Philippines. The mall hater in me wanted to get out of that place as soon as possible, but my guide of course meant well when he wanted me to show his people’s favorite hangout places. This is also where I got to find out that Miniso is not a Japanese brand, but a Chinese brand. Haha! I still love Miniso, though.

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That Dam

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Things to do in Laos: That Dam (Laos Tourist Spots)

This is a simple and giant stupa in Vientiane that was believe to have protected Vientiane from the invasion of the Siamese army in the 1800s. That Dam literally means Black Stupa. Once covered in gold like any other stupas, people in Vientiane believe that this stupa still serves as their guardian. Right now it’s covered in weeds but situated in an area where a a lot of buildings could be found, including embassies.

Le Cattitude Cafe

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Things to do in Laos: Le Cattitude Cafe (Laos Tourist Spots)

The introvert and cat lover in me was able to discover a cat cafe when I was browsing through the in-flight magazine of Lao Airlines. I made it a point not to leave Vientiane without visiting this place. I was really happy and relaxed while bonding with cats and I was able to eat some Thai food when I was there. I believe this place is so underrated, so please, I encourage you to visit here! 🙂

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Vientiane Night Market and Mekong Riverside

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Things to do in Laos: Mekong Riverside (Laos Tourist Spots)

I have been dreaming of seeing the Mekong River all my life because I’ve been reading and teaching about it. Also, I know how important this is in the history and development of the entire mainland Southeast Asia. I took a walk and followed the online map leading to the riverside, but apparently Vientiane does not have a literal riverside where I could sit and watch the sunset.

However, I stumbled upon Vientiane Night Market (which was of course not yet open in the afternoon), but it has a lot of stalls offering local food. I was also able to walk by the riverside with al fresco restaurants. (a riverside nightlife is one for the books for someone who will visit Vientiane Laos!). I wish I could dine in there alone but I was scared of walking back to my hotel by myself because there are just very few people in the streets, actually. But overall it was a nice sunset stroll! Next time I will stay in a hotel near the riverside so that I could have a food trip in this avenue.

Please visit Vientiane Laos, you guys!

There you have it! These are basically the things to do in Laos, specifically on a very random decision to visit Vientiane Laos as my side travel from Bangkok. I love how simple life is here. It was deemed as one of the poorest countries in the world by the United Nations, but I don’t sense any element of ‘poverty’ in here because everyone seemed happy.

I might be concluding a lot given my limited visit there, but I believe it’s best to go back and learn more. I want to implement ‘slow travel’ next time and learn deeper about a certain place. Hence I will definitely visit Vientiane Laos again, including other places in Laos such as Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang. So, I’ll wait for you to share your own “things to do in Laos” lists when you visit Vientiane Laos? Safe travels and enjoy!

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Flying with Lao Airlines

For me, a chance to be able to visit Bangkok again meant taking the opportunity to visit nearby destinations I haven’t visited yet, especially the ones with no direct flights from Manila. Given that, I took the opportunity to visit Laos. Having a very limited time, it was hard for me to choose between Vientiane and Luang Prabang, and between an overnight bus and a plane. A tough decision-making process led me to choose to fly to Vientiane via Lao Airlines. Well, I can always go back to visit Luang Prabang next time.

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TOUCHDOWN, WATTAY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT! There, I felt it once again! That particular heartbeat of excitement upon landing in a country for the first time! I have officially set foot in all ten ASEAN countries and it’s the awesomest feeling in the world!
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SEE YOU LATER, VIENTIANE! I flew from Bangkok to Vientiane via Suvarnabhumi Airport. The Lao Airlines check-in counter is at the faaaaarmost right of the airport. I looooove the color and quality of the ticket of Lao Airlines! I’m more than excited to see a new country and my 10th ASEAN country yay! My return flight ticket is yellow green in color which is also very awesome!
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LAO AIRLINES GROUND CREW AT SUVARNABHUMI AIRPORT. I will be aboard that small aircraft and the ground staff are getting the flight ready. So excited! The last time I flew with the same kind of aircraft (Legazpi to Manila and Manila to Coron), there were typhoons and those were scary flights. Hoping this flight will go smoothly since the sun is shining bright!
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INSIDE THE AIRCRAFT. I love the wooden-ish finishing of the area leading to the cockpit. I am on a flight with some group of Thai tourists and they give a happy vibe inside our small plane. I did not feel alone that time. I was just not able to take a photo of the Cabin Crew uniform of the airlines, but they are very beautiful and elegant.
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IN-FLIGHT SNACKS. Aside from the baggage allowance, the ticket cost of course comes with a complimentary meal. It’s just a one hour flight, so this is just perfect. I skipped coffee on a flight this time. The pastries are very good! (They better be, since they are a former French colony jk but seriously, French breads are one of the things I look forward in this trip.
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IN-FLIGHT NEWSPAPER. If you know my background, I am a Politics and International Relations major and I am teaching Politics and Southeast Asian Studies, so printed newspapers are my thing. I kinda collect them (they are part of my souvenirs from trips abroad), so I’m keeping this after I read.
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WAIT, WHAT? Upon reading the arrival area of the airport, there was some kind of a (happy) commotion. I think some actress or big personality is around, but I’m not gonna identify him/her most likely anyway, so I did not try to see what’s happening. Part of the welcome committee are these three. I kinda get what the message in the jacket is, but it’s composed very badly. She has a nice overall outfit, though! Love her culottes and heels!
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AT WATTAY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ARRIVAL AREA. This small airport seemed busier than I thought. There are a lot of arrivals, and the airport staff are very busy providing assistance to the passengers. I was expecting a quaint little town for Vientiane, but I’m happy to see a little bit of a hustle by the locals. Welcome to Laos, indeed!

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