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14 December 2009

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Mike

Lawrence, very interesting and some great photographs too.

You certainly seem to have the best of both worlds (countries) where you are located.

Lawrence


Thanks for the comment, Mike.

I am indeed lucky, though sometimes I think a sea-breeze might be nice.

Martyn

Lawrence I have only ever been to Laos twice before and that was on visa runs with the added bonus of the short trip into the capital Vientiane. There is obviously a lot more to see in Laos and your post highlights just that.

My border crossings were at Nong Khai and that city has a concrete sculpture park called Sala Keo Kou which is the work of the late Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat, a spiritual cult leader.

The reason I mention Sala Keo Kou is because Bunleua Sulilat previously built a similar park in Laos 20 years before, the Buddha Park, near Vientiane. It's a place I really would like to see. I'll add Muang Champassak to my list, I think Wilai would really enjoy it as well.

Your photos show the similarities between Laos and Thailand, especially the Isaan region. Khong Phapeng falls look beautiful and I'll remember to avoid the rainy season.

A rather unworthy old post of mine explains Sala Keo Kou and it has a few photos attached. http://www.thaisabai.org/2009/02/sala-keo-kou-nong-khai/

Best wishes and avoid the shadows and crosshairs.

Talen

Lawrence, beautiful pictures. I have only been over to Laos to the day markets but am hoping to cross over and do some serious site seeing next time I am in Nakhon Phanom.

Lawrence

Martyn, I haven't been to Sala Keo Kou so thanks for directing me to your site. I'll be there soon. When we lived in Vientiane (1974-76) we took the kids to the Buddha Park quite often. They loved it. They could climb all over some of the things (well, I think they were allowed to).

Talen, I knew you love the Mekong too. The province across from NP (Khammouane)looks well worth exploring back among the mountains you can see. Rivers, caves, that sort of thing. The tourist office in Thakkek has lots of useful brochures. They are very much into sustainable tourism in Laos and using tourism to reduce rural poverty, so they keep the money local as much as possible (ie use of local guides, local tour companies (even if some of them are joint ventures they are small ones, with local-living expats). Worth supporting, I think, though you don't really need them if you are with a lao-speaker.

Thanks to you both for your comments.

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