Bears, Buffaloes and Butterflies

The Tang of Luang Prabang After 12 hours in a bus on a death-defying mountain road sustained only by our collective suspension of disbelief in the laws of gravity, and by many, many novenas, confessions of guilt and beggings for forgiveness, remembrance of sins of omission and commission, Ave Maria’s, Stations of the Cross and […]

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The Road to Luang Prabang

Correction: The looooooong and winding road to Luang Prabang Bing and Bob weren’t onboard but there was certainly a plethora of Dorothy Lamours complete with sarongs, (though smaller, browner and marginally less glamorous). We were picked up in the VIP chauffeur-driven cattle truck and bumped merrily along to the bus station. The usual Security Committee […]

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Laotian Loonies

One of the many great delights of being abroad is the exposure it gives you to people that, on reflection, make one feel comparatively balanced and sane. These are three such encounters. Firstly some excellent post-prandial advice from the delightful Indian Laotian family (originally from Pondicherry) who run the excellent Nishi restaurant in Luang Prabang. […]

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Buddha’s Field

Snatch the seeds from our hand grasshoppers and repeat after us, “Life is but an illusion”. .   Just south of Vientiane, along the muddy meandering path of that coffee coloured Mother of antiquity, the Mekong, a colossal field of Buddhas lies dreaming. . This glorious and apparently ancient field is in fact a modern […]

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How to Make an Elephant

Gentle readers, whilst conducting our usual probingly intensive research for this National Geographic style article we came across many images of passionate pachyderms going at it hammer and tusk, making sweet sweet love pictured from the side on and,…take our word for it,  it’s not a sight that once seen can ever be unseen. As […]

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Bow Wow Lao Meow

Temple and street echo to flocks of chirping sparrows, and tribes of well fed cats and dogs roam. I recall many manquey looking critters when I was in Asia in the 80s.  We theorise that one of the positive by-products of the stunning triumph of materialism and consumer capitalism in the various “Democratic Socialist Republic” […]

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