Leaving Laos


Well, we arrived via 8 hour “VIP” bus to Vientiane, Laos last night and immediately agreed that it was a shithole. But the busride there was amazing. Hairpin turns through beautiful mountain scenery, many sudden stops to wait for all manner of beast (water buffalo, cows, chickens, children, etc) to cross or move out of the way, tiny villages alongside the road — it made arriving in Vientiane even more of a letdown. We are now in Khon Kaen (back in Thailand) for a festival (celebrating the silkworm, or somesuch) and it is amazing how much Thailand feels like a developed nation compared to where we just were. See pics for more…