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Papaya Spa does not have good service

Recently visited and found the information here very useful EXCEPT that the Papaya Spa had quite bad service (rude, noisy, lying)so I would definitely not recommend it as it made me stressed rather than relaxed. Had much better service at the White Lotus.


For some reason my Japanese friend was told that for 2 nights he did not need a visa and so he did not need to pay the fee except for the 10 THB. Very puzzled. Is this a new policy? Just for Japanese? I myself have Thai nationality and knew that I would not need to get a visa.

V vs. W

Lao doesn't have a distinction between V and W, the only sound present in the language is IPA /w/. Alleging that spelling words with W instead of V is a Thai conspiracy, or even a difference between the two languages, is absurd. Jpatokal 22:34, 30 March 2007 (EDT)

More info on Lane Xang hotel?

Does anyone have some more history on the Lane Xang hotel? I've been googling around but can't find much. I'm most interested in the period around the US involvement in Vietnam, when Vientiane was a favorite spot for journalists and others involved in the conflict to get some respite from Saigon.

You will eat something?

I can't quite wrap my head around this: The beer is cold though, and when you order cashew nuts or peanuts with it you know you will eat something they have not cooked here. Huh? Jpatokal 00:51, 11 September 2007 (EDT)

How about "...when you order cashew nuts you can be assured that those nuts were not cooked here." Though I don't see why that makes them good. -- Paul Richter 05:27, 13 September 2007 (EDT)
Yeah, that's the bit that didn't make sense to me either. Jpatokal 06:24, 13 September 2007 (EDT)

Sorry about the confusion. I wanted to say something tongue-in-cheek. The truth is that I hesitate to eat in this place. I'll take the sentence out next time I'm editing the article!Dezwitser 10:52, 13 September 2007 (EDT)

Size of the Article: make it into two?

I just saw a warning that the article is getting too big for some browsers, and that one should consider splitting it up in some way. My proposal: take the sections SLEEP, EAT, and DRINK out and create a new Aricle Vientiane: Sleep, Eat and Drink with links in the main article to this one. Does that make sense? Dezwitser 10:56, 13 September 2007 (EDT)

Don't worry about the warning, it's a bit of a relic and can safely be ignored. There are many articles on Wikitravel that are many times longer than Vientiane.
If the article grows really big, it can be split into districts, but I just don't see Vientiane ever becoming that size... Jpatokal 12:54, 13 September 2007 (EDT)

Thanks, I'm happy to hear that. Dezwitser 20:12, 13 September 2007 (EDT)

So close, yet not quite

I'd love to nominate this for Destination of the Month, but the formatting isn't quite up to the demands of the Wikitravel:Manual of Style. Sigh. Jpatokal 06:42, 15 October 2007 (EDT)

Map is wrong

I just came back from Vientiane and the hotel locations on the map are wrong. Lao Plaza and Inter-City are not where the map has them located, I haven't checked the rest. Is anyone responsible for the map ?

Whoever you are, and whenever you wrote this (in future please sign and date!), you are also wrong. The Lao Plaza is at the absolutely right location. The location of the Inter City Hotel is not on the map at all (sorry about that), only the reference to it in the legend (H6). It is right next to the Inter Restaurant.
By the way, "the hotel locations are wrong" seems overdoing it a bit, when you have "checked" only two of nine... Dezwitser 10:31, 19 August 2008 (EDT)