Now Open!

 The new Swensens and Pizza Company, Vientiane, Laos Swensens and the Pizza Company officially opened yesterday in Vientiane. They're the first branches of an international fast-food franchise to open in Laos, although it's worth mentioning that this sort of Western food has been available in Vientiane for a while. At least they didn't pull a China or Russia and put them up near some sacred historical district or monument; the restaurants sit virtually next door to the equally tasteless Lao National Culture Hall.