Yangon to Vientiane: Wednesday 27th February 2008

I planned to have a massage this morning but the hotel massage wasn’t open till 12 and we were checking out at 11:30.

I went for a walk, but the Sera Beauty Spa in the Lonely Planet Book either wasn’t there anymore or was closed and not sign posted. No luck today, though I did have an interesting walk down some back streets of Yangon, past some old French Colonial houses surrounded by large gardens.

We had breakfast in our hotel room as there were smokers in the restaurant. The jams were delightful: homemade orange marmalade and a grapefruit jam, tangy and tasty. Our airport transfer was again filled with much talk of Myanmar, politics and the mystery of the government. Our transfer to Bangkok was delayed on take-off and was also further delayed on arrival; our pilot requested to reduce airspeed due to high traffic at Bangkok Airport.

Our flight to Vientiane was also delayed, and coupled with a very long wait for Visa on arrival our guide at Vientiane was forced to wait almost an hour for us. Our guide Mone was lovely and pleasant and transferred us directly to our hotel, the Don Chan Palace. We went to sleep pretty much on arrival, despite the karaoke night club music playing into the night.