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post Apr 2 2009, 03:27 PM
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This Khong Phapheng

And as we approach the fall...
Not in sight.. but
We could hear the Roar...

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It is just an abundance of water cascading down over steep rocky faces.

Also known as the Pearl of The Mekong...
And rightly named.

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Upstream of this fall is the Si Phan Don
4000 island.
An intricate network of channels and island 14km wide along the Mekong.
With much activities that circles around the water ways.

That part of the Mekong is also home to the Irrawaddy Dolphins.
We didn't see any.. but they are there.
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post Apr 2 2009, 05:26 PM
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Cambodia

As we have left Cambodia, I like to dwell a little on the history of the country.
Historian says they were from India & China…with some form Malaysia & Indonesia.
Even Philippines.

But looking at Angkor, The Indians Culture had great influence that period.
The Khmer Kingdom rose in the 1st century. That’s 2000yrs ago.
And they grew in might when London was still tiny.

The Kingdom spread all the way thru Thailand, Vietnam and even Northern Malaysia.
In 1177, the Chams from Vietnam attacked Angkor. But Jayavarman managed to restore power back to The Khmers.

Also the great builder to the magnificent structures we see today.

All stone temples are devoted to Gods… But King Suryavarman ii (1112-1152) built
Angkor Wat to serve as a holy capital city and eventually as his funerary temple.

As with the Pyramids & Taj Mahal.

Fast forward… 1858, the French show up and took control.

French colony with King Norodom and in 1953, his successor King Norodom Sihanouk demanded the French to leave.

The people wanted independence. No absolute rule by monarchy..
So King Norodom Sihanouk return his crown to his father & was elected as the new prime minister.
With the fighting in neighbour Vietnam between the US & North Vietnam…
With US support, General Lon Nol 1970 over threw King Norodom and with him comes the Khmer Republic.

USA bombardment of the countryside did not go well with the people and Norodom fought back with a new team he call the Khmer Rouge with Pol Pot as the lead.
And with the support of big brother in China and USA losing the war in Vietnam.

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DARK YEARS OF CAMBODIA

So enter the Dark Years of Cambodia
April 1975 to December 1978.

Once in Power, Pol Pot began a radical experiment to create an Agrarian Utopia.
Similar to Mao Cultural Revolution in China.
He began by declaring, "This is Year Zero," and that society was about to be "purified." Capitalism, Western culture, city life, religion, and all foreign influences were to be extinguished in favour of an extreme form of peasant Communism.
All foreigners were thus expelled, embassies closed, and any foreign economic or medical assistance was refused. The use of foreign languages was banned. Newspapers and television stations were shut down, radios and bicycles confiscated, and mail and telephone usage curtailed. Money was forbidden. All businesses were shuttered, religion banned, education halted, health care eliminated, and parental authority revoked. Thus Cambodia was sealed off from the outside world.
All of Cambodia's cities were then forcibly evacuated. At Phnom Penh, two million inhabitants were evacuated on foot into the countryside at gunpoint. As many as 20,000 died along the way.
Millions of Cambodians accustomed to city life were now forced into slave labour in Pol Pot's "killing fields" where they soon began dying from overwork, malnutrition and disease, on a diet of one tin of rice (180 grams) per person every two days.
Families were separated.

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The City people send down to the countryside termed “New People” to work the farm. The Khmer Rouge would sell the good rice to buy arms and give poor quality rice for the workers and not enough to sustain their health.
One day a teacher, clerk in the city, new day sent on a endless walk to a country town and work on the field till late with little to eat. And if they find out that u were a teacher, they kill u cos u know about the outside world.
So the few young Khmer Rouge in charge of the farming town would kill for the simplest reason. One night they would take one away saying they need him to help a broken vehicle but down the road… A whack to the neck is the favourite method of ending a live. That would save on the bullets.
Why save? So they can buy bullets to fight the Vietnamese and take back the Vietnam. They sing the song that one Cambodian would kill 7 Vietnamese soldiers.
I was in Cambodia quite a few years ago and was able to visit Hotel S-21 in Phnom Penh. U check in but u don’t check out.

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Tuol Sleng

A simple school turned into a evil complex of high fences with partitioned small cubicles to hold political prisoners. The leaders are always very suspicious of the people around them. So if the feel that u are planning to turn against them… u are on your way to Tuol Sleng.
Enter Tuol Sleng(I call Tou Sai), they take your picture and ask u to sign a confession that u were plotting against the Big Brothers (Pol Pot). If u don’t, they have ways and means to make u. And when u confess… they drive u 14km to Choueng Ek. Choueng ek would be the end of the journey.
Dig your own pit and a big club would end it all.
The Principal at S-21 happens to be Duch who is on trial now.
And everyone in the prison fear for their lives. And I guess that includes Duch. It was that kind of atmosphere not knowing who telling on you and u be next to have your photo on the wall.

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They still do not like the Viet (the guide gave me that impression) and some even believe that it was the Vietnamese who were responsible for their suffering during those dark years. Strange.
That’s how a close world and indoctrination can do to u.
As for the name Siem Reap.. it means “Siam Flatten”. Interesting!

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So when the smiles are not so fore coming... I sure u understand why.

The Cambodias like farming & fishing... but not the way Pol Pot enforce it.

For this ride... Phnom Penh was not in the itinerary.
But the previous trip & this gave me much understanding about the country & people
and how life can very quickly turn bad.

Link to more info on Cambodia Khmer Rouge

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The Chief Torturer "Duch" Was born here in Stung Treng!
North Cambodia..
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post Apr 2 2009, 05:53 PM
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Good roads all the way to Pakse but I was running low in fuel.
216km on my distance done and my reserve comes in at 260km..
Sure I can push to 340km then I be sucking fuel from the Vstrom... (IMG:style_emoticons/default/035.gif)
Would take bottle petrol if needed.

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But quiet as it is... we found a petrol station after 30km and gladly fill up.
Petrol price: 6000kip or 75cents usd a litre.
And very few bottle petrol for sale.

We reached Pakse looking for a late lunch.. and found a line of eating house
as usual... next to the Mekong.

Choose one with cool music & nice bbq fire.

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Let see what we have... Mekong River Fish, Chicken... Meat Balls & some Spare Parts..

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Now the river road is lined by food stalls with seating across the road.
Traffic is light and just a great place to relax after a long ride.
Beside, we were hungry.

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Late afternoon, and the sun has is on its way to the horizon.
There were suprisingly no hotels in sight.
Restaurant Owner pointed us to city center for accomadation.

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Just Point & It shall be BBQ.
And the ladies are alert... otherwise guess they won't be working there long.

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The Sunsets are just Different.
The Reflection, the boats...
And it's just so relaxing to watch the setting sun with the river breeze in your face...
And a BBQ Drumstick to chew on..
With not a care in the world.

Now where are we going to find our a place to stay....

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A Quick Tour Around Pakse We found a big temple complex.
And Buddhism is very much alive in Laos.. Even though it's a communist country.

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But the Temple are does not have as much activities as say in Thailand.

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Say a few hotel/rest house but eventually settled for the multi storey hotel by main street.
The lady receptionist quoted me $12usd for a room.
So we say Ok!
Then as we parked our bikes... Mr Boon Lueng (The Boss) says only one left.
Others at $18usd... But rooms bigger. Ok Lah! Already unpack.
But hotel looks new.
And he also owns the petrol station opposite.
Maybe we can have complementary petrol for Hotel guest...
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That's Mr Boon Lueng in the Grey Safari Jacket.
Says plenty of guest from Thailand.
As Thailand is just across the Bridge.
Very much a business man... but lossen up after a glass of Johnny...
An turns out to be quite good company.
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post Apr 7 2009, 01:47 AM
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PAKSE BY NITE

Pakse by night is quiet.
We had our 1st Laotian dinner
and went for a short walk up the street
And paid a visit to this Grand Hotel.

$35usd a nite and we plan to stay there the next time we come by.

Beside.. the nights are getting cold.. 18c
And there is sort of an official curfew for the people to be home by 11pm..
The police will be making their rounds.
We were happy with an early nite.

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Skype is Great!

As we make our way back..
We drop by an Internet Cafe and Skype is just an wonderful way of calling home.
And at such a low cost... eg. .017cent a min.
We did manage to upload a few pic.. and
put in a few contest.. I still owe "Seastorm" a bag of Laotian Coffee
Price she won in one of the contest.
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post Apr 7 2009, 02:16 AM
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Sunrise Over the Mekong @ Pakse

The Hornet way up Early...
And so was the Doggy...
And there was no one else...
Just a beautiful sunrise.
Of yet another another great day for riding.

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The Children do their part in helping out mom business..

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Just a road after the river is central market.
As with most towns...
It is the center of activity in the morning.

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Kampong Chicken & Ducks...
Plus fruits of the season.
Me... I was lookin out for a nice spot for breakfast.

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This is Kyo, the part time night manager.
Speak english well and I gave him a ride he will remember for a long, long time.
Flew him across the river over the bridge to Thailand.
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It is good a man knows what he wants - and go get it!
Ladies.... can I have a bit of everything!
And don't forget the Kuay-Teow!
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It's gonna be a long ride day!

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The food looks better than it taste...

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Today Is Day 7

It will be a long ride.. estimate 650km up along the Mekong to Vientiene.
The 1st 300km thru the river village was slow.
That's because of the heavy traffic.
But the last 350km was quiet & smooth.

As the day unfold.. we had a close call...

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Hey -Don't they look good!
Not only do they look good... our Iron Horses kept going & going...
Till we reach home without a complain.

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THE ROAD TO VIENTIENE

Road north is good.
Very much like the Malaysia country roads.
But with much more animals & farmers on thier tut-tut or animal drawn carts.
Nice riding with the sun up.
The south side of Laos along the Mekong has much cultivation.
Flat land & fertile.
The rice bowl of Laos.

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Almost hit one of these pull cart from the back on our last hour of night riding into Vietiene.
he had no back light or reflector and the road was pitch dark...
And it was an animal pulling the cart...
So I pick a vehicle to follow
and if anything were to happen.. he can hit the cart or whatever that comes into the road.
It is also a safe way as the car infront will indicate the bends of the roads.
And his brake lights are on... it's gonna be a sharp turn.
Something a lead bike should always do in dark unfamiliar territories.

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Bridges are well built but only allows one vehicle at at time.
At most crossing, there always someone collecting money but we just road thru
without stopping.

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Helmet Problem

Gabng nice Arai Adventure Helmet broke a Plastic screw..
So a quick tape wrap gets the job done...
Well, could had better colour co-ord.. but only black was available.

So... do have a few spare screw.
U may need one.. it's a long ride.

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But the drivers were courteous... and first to arrive has right of way..
Unlike the over taking vehicles in Cambodia who would continue their overtaking even
it means hitting u head on.. so we have to pull to the run over area.

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The Village Incident

Thru one of the village with a small T-junction.
I rode pass a Cub-Kia stopped at the side...
But when Da Vinchee came by.. He just decide to ride to his path.
Not too sure if they touched... but the quick "Siam" (maneouver) by Da Vinchee
Avoided a collision.
The Kup was careless not to have a good lookout before taking off.

The slow speed helps... And is a rule for the team to go real slow passing villages.
Beside... there are always plenty of children around.
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Am unable to draw our route on this map...
But is u can follow my direction.

Day 1 in Laos

Khong (waterfall) is our 1st entry into Laos
Nightstop @ Pakse (Pakxe)

Day 2

The 640km trek up along the Mekong River.
Lunch break at Thakhek
And then up to Vientiene
We did an hour of night riding into Vientiene.

Day 3

Vientiene - Vang Viang

Day 4

Van Viang - (200km/6hr) Phonsavan (Plain of Jars)

Day 5

Phonsavan - (200km) Louang Phabang

Day 6

Luang Phabang - Houayxay (Thai Northerly Border)

Northern Laos is Mountainous
Where as the Southern ride along the Mekong was relatively flat.

Van Viang, Phonsavan & Luang Phabang are Interesting Places where u
may like to spend a few days at each destination.

The Roads From Van Vieng upwards is bad.
Worst is the road Muang Xai - Luang Namtha
There is a nice Highway to Houayxay but half way..
It's becomes really bad.
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THAKHEK

All I can say about Thakhek is that we stopped there for lunch
And the Chendol was good!

Jsut a River Town and esplanade does look pretty run down.

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THIS IS VIENTIENE

Capital City of Laos
When we reach this city, it was already dark.
Traffic was heavy and we head into a petrol station to top up
And also to ask for direction to Main Street.

As with all towns... It's next to the Mekong River.
With Plenty of lovely Shops & Hotels.
Most of the hotels were located along the side street.

We cruise the lanes and decided on Douang Deuane Hotel.
A block of high rise with a small parking lot with an attendant looking after the bikes.

$15usd a room & we took the last 3 rooms..
The "Hotel Full" sign came on after shortly.

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Dinner was just around the corner and we settled for Duck Noodle which turn out
to be quite good.
It's much cooler here and Dessert was a hot Banana Prata
from an Indian man the does it on a push cart.
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Anousavari Monument

The triumphal arch of Vientiane built in 1962. NE of Lane Xang Rd.
Monument for the people who died in wars defending the country.
It is possible to climb up the Monument

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This building is not accessible but due to its size, location and function is a well-known landmark. Originally built for the French colonial governor and later used by the Lao...

This group of Laotian young tourist wanted to know if our machine was
as good as it looked.
They seems happy as they camber on board.
And snap away with their cameras.

We were not really sure if we could park in front of the palace cos there were
a few police station there.
But gather courage to just do it!

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After Vientiene... the ride gets scenic..
By Noon.. we reached Vang Vieng

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We actually road pass main street Vang Vieng without noticing anything interesting.
But stopped at a petrol station to ask where we could have lunch.

An European on a scrambler gave us direction to head back to the air strip
and that's where all the food & rest houses were.
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We stopped by this Aussie Cafe for lunch..
And he has a good variety to choose from..
Western, Thai.. Laos..
We ordered Pad Thai..
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From the Owner.. We picked up plenty of information..
Where to stay, what to do.. and

It's 6 hrs to Plain of Jars.. (200km of Bumpy roads)
That means.. It will be dark by time we get there.

We did not plan to stay at Vang Vieng..
But we will decide after having a look at the place.

The tour books did mention that Vang Vieng is one of the top bag packers layover.
And most will have something to bring home.

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With all the info from the Aussie.. we decided to stay.
We rode along the river road and choose this rest house with fantastic view...
GRAND VIEW REST HOUSE
$30usd a room..
And he also rent bikes.

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The view doesn't come any better...

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Scramblers at $30usd a day
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The Main Event is to tube down the river..
U hire a tube... get a tut-tut to bring u 3km up river..
And u float back.
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Stop at any side hut to rest, have a snack or pick up a drink
Some got drunk and drown..
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There were also a lot of Kayaks.

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For us, we took a cruise on a boat up river...
We could also ride to the caves & the blue lagoon.
But I manage to pursuade the other 2 to give ride a break.

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The numerous huts where the tubers can just stop to rest.
Waterproof sacks are available for cameras & wallets.

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Some just party all day!

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Or jump down from the tower into the river.

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By the time we got back from the boat ride... It was sunset.
And was it beautiful!

We were glad we didn't tube cos it was really cold as the sun rays were blocked by the mountain.
It would be freezing in the water.. Brrr...

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And the Laos Prata with Banana Filling Is Yum! Yum!

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Come Evening.. we headed for the most famous & oldest restaurant in town.
NOKED Restaurant. Recommended by the Hotel Owner & tour books.
And enjoyed the BBQ River Fish.. Chicken.. plus spare parts.
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An Early Misty Walk is so Refreshing.
And it brings images that will last a life time.

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The Wooden bridge that takes u across to the farm huts.
At $5usd a hut... with the toilet across the field.

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With the Sunrise...
Comes the monks with there morning collection.

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And soon the mist would burn away

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A quick breakfast and we were ready for the ride to Phovosan (Plain of Jars)
It is also warmer after 9am..

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After Vang Vieng.. It's all Mountain Roads.
Curvy with plenty of Pot Holes.
I hit a few big ones.. but my suspension held.

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It was along this route where a minibus over took us a high speed.
Almost hit me & the bridge ahead.
Notice the bus a little behind us for a while.. but never close or we would let it pass..
But strangest thing was it just stayed in front of us.

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Before Turn Route 13 - 7 is this nice look out point.
Newly constructed and we rode our bike right next to the cafe.

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The Fried Rice is definately not as good as the 360 View..
But we were hungry..
And that's the only item on the menu.

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The long road up.. Route 13
It's all winding & mountainous roads...
And plenty of pot holes to keep us alert.
240km in 6hrs.
We could done that in 2hr along the Malaysia N-S highway..

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Met this French Couple that on holiday and owns resthouses along the beaches
at Prachuap Khiri Khan near Hua Hin.
Maybe we'll stop by there the next ride.

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This Chapter is for the Children.
They are special!

When ever we have a break at any village.. they wouldn be there.
And a Happy Lot!
Always attracted to our bikes.
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So we make them happier with our little gifts of bouncing balls, colourful pen.. learning tool &
Yo-Yo...

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Along the road.. they would be cutting weeds for brooms that we buy in our market.
So they all carry a knife for the job.
And they start beating the weeds so clean them.
Out on the roads to dry...
And a lorry comes round & buys it from them.
Simple job that brings in some income..
So next time a buy a broom.. pick up one that's made of weeds.. not plastic.
That goes a long way in helping these village people.

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Knife in hand all ready to cut.

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The Kids have a go at the Yo Yo..
And they sure are quick learners...

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We don't speak lao and they don't understand english.
But we fully understood each other.
Some things are universal...
And it always begins with a smile.
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