From the 9th through to the 18th of December 2009, Vientiane will be hosting and celebrating the 25th SEA Games.
This is the first time that Laos has ever held a SEA or South East Asian Games.
This has meant that new stadiums and facilities have been constructed to welcome the athletes and visitors from the 10 other participating countries.
Athletes from Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Myanmar (Burma), Brunei Darussalum, Cambodia and Timor Leste will compete to win medals in 25 or so different disciplines, including my favourite, Football (Soccer). C´mon Laos! :biggrin:
Not only will the representatives and supporters of the above nations be coming, Laos is also gearing up for an influx of tourist from all over the world, including me. :biggrin:
For some reason, Laos seemed to court controversy over its handling of some events, and has been especially criticized for reducing the number of games. Conspiracy theorist have said it is because Laos chose to select games that it had a better chance of winning medals in, but theorist will always theorize. :dizzy:
Others say that Laos chose the selected games to help Vietnam, in order that the Vietnamese teams can comfortably win medals. Like I said, theorist will always theorize. :ermm:
These people should look forward to the games and embrace them, celebrate them, be a part of them and especially, enjoy them.
Our mascots for the 25th SEA Games.
Both these sites also have Tourism Information about Vientiane and places to visit.
If anyone is going or will be there during the games and wants to meet up for a Beerlao, just drop me a line. 😎