By Asian trip wayfarer
One tip on Laos trip:
Even though ,The capital written as Vientien but Laos themselves called it as "vieng - chan" or "Vieng - Jan" .Also Thai and Vietnamese call it almost the same way too.
Vientien survives in the English speaking world but that's name is just a French colonial name of a bygone era.
So ..next time you travel to Indochinese countries and ask people around about route and trip planning : better use "vieng - chan" or "Vieng - Jan". (sometime vieng spells as Viang)
You will also see they called it as Viangchan on the Google map following:
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