The Constellation Hotel Vientiane
In the capital city of every war-torn country exists a curious oddity: a War Hotel. In Beirut, it was The Commodore; In Saigon, The Caravelle. War Hotels are the one sanctuary amidst the chaos and destruction of war, where journalists, diplomats, pilots, spies, war profiteers, smugglers, soldier, and mercenary, congregate to chat, snoop, make deals, reacquaint, and otherwise shake the menace of war from their daily lives. The Constellation Hotel in Vientiane, Laos was so full of intrigue and charm, the famous novelist John Le Carre used it as a setting for his magnificent spy thriller The Honourable Schoolboy.
I have teamed with Emeritus Professor – and acclaimed Vietnam War correspondent – Dr. Martin Stuart-Fox to tell the story of The Constellation, the War Hotel of the Secret War in Laos, in a 15-minute video with original film, photos, and stories from those who stayed there and fought and covered the war.
Author Paul T Carter