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Eat all that moves

Palm sized butterfly sitting on the cable, Nam Noen, Laos

Palm sized butterfly sitting on the cable, Nam Noen, Laos

 

The great thing about Asia is abundance of wildlife. In mountains of Vietnam, plains of Laos, forests of Cambodia and underwater in Thailand.  READ MORE »

How's the weather up there?

Trek supervisor, near Huay Xai, Laos

Trek supervisor, near Huay Xai, Laos

 

Spending most of his time in a nature, he was quite relaxed after long uphill trek. Even found time to climb into the tree and look around, overseeing us, sweaty and tired, walking last steps up.  READ MORE »

No beer, but plenty of bear

Baby bear in the forest, near Huay Xai, Laos

Baby bear in the forest, near Huay Xai, Laos

 

"After three days of exhausting trek in the middle of the jungle, we came to this sunlit clearing".  READ MORE »

Fly high in the sky

Lao guide zipping through the jungle on the steel cable, near Huay Xai, Laos

Lao guide zipping through the jungle on the steel cable, near Huay Xai, Laos

 

I live in the village, close to the jungle. I spend a lot of time each day zipping around on the cables. I have to bring food to those clumsy white "farang" (foreigners) and I have to show them around.  READ MORE »

The house made of one huge window

Early morning in the misty jungle near Huay Xai, Laos

Early morning in the misty jungle near Huay Xai, Laos

 

I sometimes complain about the habbit of my fellow countrymen - building houses with small, tiny windows. I think they make you too closed in the house, too much thinking "my home is my castle" and too egocentric.  READ MORE »

Bucket of worms

An old man producing handicrafts near Huay Xai Laos

An old man producing handicrafts near Huay Xai Laos

 

"Bamboo bucket is complete, now its just to produce the handle. Will be very handy in the jungle, while gathering worms for eating."  READ MORE »

Noklian euphonemism

Showing off the new mobile phone with integrated video playback on a bus from Luang Nam Tha to Huay Xai, Laos

Showing off the new mobile phone with integrated video playback on a bus from Luang Nam Tha to Huay Xai, Laos

 

Early morning bus ride to a provincial capital. Grab my sandwich and coffee, as well as three plastic bags with other food. Get on the bus and sit comfortably in a soft chair. Take out my brand new mobile phone and show off a little bit. Just so that those neighbours know that I'm no fool and my husband earns good money.  READ MORE »

Pray or shoot, we still smile cute

Soldiers and girls, agriculture and dams. Poster in Luang Nam Tha, Laos

Soldiers and girls, agriculture and dams. Poster in Luang Nam Tha, Laos

 

Visuals are powerful.

I do not understand the Lao script, therefore I try to decode the picture:  READ MORE »

Muddy waters of Nong Khiaw

Fishing boat on the muddy waters of Nam Ou river in town of Nong Khiaw, Laos

Fishing boat on the muddy waters of Nam Ou river in town of Nong Khiaw, Laos

 

Standing on a bridge in Nong Khiaw town, we were appreciating the view of the sun setting behind distant mountains and reflecting in the muddy waters of Nam Ou river. A local fisherman passed below us, returning from his fishing trip, as he and his people were probably doing for hundreds of years before.  READ MORE »

What's lao-lao to the people of Laos?

Making a bamboo tray for rice in Phu Lao, Laos

Making a bamboo tray for rice in Phu Lao, Laos

 

A man from the minority tribe in Phu Lao, Northern Laos, making a rice pad from young bamboo tree. The hands worked fast, and the creation was born already after five minutes of conversation about Lao-Lao. Which is a typical Lao moonshine made of rice and sipped through long straws put into clay pot.
What else could men talk about?  READ MORE »

Living in obscurity

Plain of jars near Phonsavan, Laos

Plain of jars near Phonsavan, Laos

 

These mysterious stone jars, some of them weighing over 2 tons, sit peacefully in a beautiful valley near Phonsavan in Laos. The historians and scientists still do not have answers to what it exactly is, why were they placed here and who did this.  READ MORE »

Long and cold, lonesome and rainy

Long way home. Street at night in Luang Prabang, Laos

Long way home. Street at night in Luang Prabang, Laos

 

Rushing back to my hotel through rainy, cold and dark street of Luang prabang, I noticed a lone pedestrian, walking slowly.  READ MORE »

Vendor's activity just before the market starts

Production of  handmade postcards in Luang Prabang, Laos

Production of handmade postcards in Luang Prabang, Laos

 

Few hours before going to the night market, a local girl is drawing a picture of three monks under the umbrellas, on a handmade saa mulberry paper.  READ MORE »

Stronger together

A couple walking through heavy rain in Luang Prabang, Laos.

A couple walking through heavy rain in Luang Prabang, Laos.

 

Do you notice any strain in their captured movement? Any sign of discomfort? Unhappiness because of heavy rain and spoiled sightseeing of the day?

Neither do I.  READ MORE »

Asian Madonna

Pregnant woman working as a vendor in the night market of Luang Prabang, Laos

Pregnant woman working as a vendor in the night market of Luang Prabang, Laos

 

Madonna of Asia. We saw her in Luang Prabang, central Laos. A real beauty shines, even if in life it is only represented by a humble vendor of souvenirs on the street.  READ MORE »

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