The North Vietnamese Embassy in Vientiane: Then and Now.

The North Vietnamese Embassy in Vientiane: Then and Now.

Above Photo – The French Embassy in Vientiane.

The French Embassy in Vientiane occupies an enormous chunk of land in the old part of town and is surrounded by long, white walls, which must mean this wall-cleaning gun guy has a job for life.

The walls of the French Embasy in Vientiane

The walls of the French Embassy in Vientiane

Fortunately, nowadays Vientiane is a relatively peaceful place, although it wasn’t that long ago when embassies in the city were being attacked regularly with a lot more than cleaning guns.

In an article on this site, (http://peteralanlloyd.com/general-news/life-in-vientiane-laos-during-the-vietnam-war-russian-spies-and-a-hippie-government/  )Terry Wofford, who lived in Vientiane during the ‘Secret War’ in Laos, recalled how the then-NORTH Vietnamese embassy, on Nong Duang, was hit in a grenade attack.

The old North Vietnamese Embassy in Vientiane during wartime

The old North Vietnamese Embassy in Vientiane during wartime (© Terry Wofford, uwdc.library.wisc.edu)

Nowadays the Vietnamese Embassy is located on a much more substantial, and secure, site in the city.

The curent Vietnamese Embassy in Vientiane

The current Vietnamese Embassy in Vientiane

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