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{June 13, 2013}   Laos

Visiting Laos on a school facilitated YEP trip provided me with the experience of both a tourist and a local because the bulk of the time was spent in the village and interacting with the villagers. The access to the places, insights and hospitality that we gained because of our local network was invaluable and aspects I probably wouldn’t be able to enjoy on my own.

Because I’ve already spent a fair amount of time driving the facilitation sessions and seeing to the nuts and bolts of the operations and logistics, I shan’t endeavour further to unpack the experience.

This 2012 Guardian article that discusses the social costs of backpacker debauchery in Vang Vieng is worth a read.

The following photos are from a year-end trip in 2012 and a return mid-year trip in 2013.

Ban Pong Xong (Pong Song Village)

Laos GPS 2013 6 - Ban Pong Xong

Laos GPS 2013 56 - Ban Pong Xong

Pong Song Village 3

Pong Song Village 34

Rice Harvesting 32

BBQ River Picnic, Pong Song 3

Laos GPS 2013 114 - Morning Trek

Laos GPS 2013 122 - Morning Trek

Laos GPS 2013 47 - Ban Pong Xong

Laos GPS 2013 52 - Ban Pong Xong

Laos GPS 2013 53 - Ban Pong Xong

Laos GPS 2013 335 - Dry Farming

Vang Vieng

Laos GPS 2013 370 - Vang Vieng

Laos GPS 2013 372 - Vang Vieng

Laos GPS 2013 373 - Vang Vieng

Laos GPS 2013 396 - Vang Vieng

Laos GPS 2013 419 - Vang Vieng

Laos GPS 2013 423 - Vang Vieng

Laos GPS 2013 442 - Vang Vieng

Laos GPS 2013 454 - Vang Vieng

Laos GPS 2013 464 - Vang Vieng

Vientiane

Vientiane, Laos 1

Laos GPS 2013 484 - Vientiane

Laos GPS 2013 492 - Vientiane

Laos GPS 2013 495 - Vientiane

Laos GPS 2013 512 - Vientiane

Laos GPS 2013 476 - Vientiane

Laos GPS 2013 499 - Vientiane

Rainbow from above

Laos GPS 2013 1 - Transiting at BKK

Between two skies

Laos GPS 2013 539 - Transiting in BKK



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