Just wrapped up a work week at our office (Hatfield Consultants Mekong, HCM) in Vientiane, Lao PDR. Its a nice time of year to be in Vientiane – rains have finished and the intense heat hasn’t kicked in yet. Vientiane continues to develop rapidly, seemingly on track to rival Bangkok and other regional cities for traffic congestion (although it is a far smaller city) and the rush hour is relatively short. A number of new restaurants have sprung up since I was last here about 6 months ago, and new hotels, shopping centres etc. are sprouting up all over town. A few shots of the trip can be seen here.