This is Muang Ngoi Nua in Luang Prabang province, Laos. I had lunch at the Rainbow Restaurant and was lucky to see the local boat racing. This only happens annually at the Laos Songkran – the festival to mark the start of the wet season.
Muang Ngoi Neua is only accessible by boat and only last year the village was connected with main electricity. It is a truly stunning and peaceful place and is popular with backpackers. More about my travels in Laos in future blog posts.>
These charming Hmong children in Ban Tha Jok, more commonly known as “bomb village”‘ caught my eye as I wandered around. Many villagers have used the cluster bomb shell casings as stilts for their homes and working buildings. There is a plentiful supply and they provide a termite free alternative to wooden stilts.
In Xaing Khuang province Laos, millions of tons of ordnance were dropped during the secret war between 1964 and 1973. In fact Laos has the record of being the most heavily bombed country ever. More ordnance was dropped in Laos than Germany and Japan combined during World War 2. One of the worst effected areas is in and around Ponsavan and the Plain of Jars, about 25km from where this picture was taken. I’ll be blogging more about the UXO (unexploded ordnance) in Xiang Khuang soon….
The pace of life really slows down in Laos. Here is Vang Vieng this morning – the view from my breakfast table.
Vang Vieng is famous for its limestone caves, stunning mountain scenery and watersports. It is also popular for backpackers, as you can see. If any readers have visited Laos and have any travel recommendations, please add in the comment box! Thanks. More about Laos and Vang Viene in my next blog post.
Street vendors in Thailand are very much an everyday scene and the lifeblood of local economies. Most are food street hawkers, but you do come across a variety of others that take their goods to the customers. This dress shop especially caught my eye:
“Oh that’s a nice dress. Where did you get it?” – “Oh, off the back of a truck.”