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05 July 2010


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Lawrence I can't say as I enjoy being a passenger in a car (I don't drive myself) on roads such as the ones you have described. The country roads In Udon Thani have been relaid and potholes filled over the past couple of years but you still come across some horrendous stretches of track. I think it's probably because Wilai and myself rent a car that I don't like the damage the roads dips and hollows can do to the vehicle. We've been lucky so far but believe me our motors have taken some tremendous thuds.

I'm surprised the Chinese didn't come and get their soldiers back.

Mike Collins

Finally catching up on some of your features Lawrence.These pics of the roads in Laos are typical of the ones I'm travelling to work on at the moment.My pickup is taking a hammering, but as a serious off roader it's just nice not to have to travel halfway round Britain to find greenlanes that have not got a thousand restrictions on.
At least in Laos you can go where you want.


Martyn, sorry it has taken me until now to locate your comment here. It doesn't take long for new potholes to appear (and old ones to reappear) once the rainy season gets going. As for the Chinese soldiers, there are two ways of looking at it: China has more soldiers than they need; OR, it is part of a Chinese push into neighbouring countries. Take your pick, but personally I give them 'credit' for long-term planning. It was always a cunning imperialist plan to take over countries in order to 'protect' their citizens. Hitler used the same excuse when he invaded Poland and Czechoslovakia.


Mike, still working then? Let me know how things are in Phana if you get back there and have the time. Best wishes.

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