A Singular Offering in Luang Prabang

This Lao Government sign near our hotel got us thinking. Would they consider two for the price of one ? Amazingly, they even appear to offer a service to those undergoing gender transition.  More strength to them.      

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Have You Seen This Civet ?

A much loved Civet has gone missing !  Please check your gardens, your sheds and under your beds. $100 reward has been offered, that’s a bucket load of Kip ! (860,000 to be precise). So we searched, not for the money you understand but for the small child crying themselves to sleep at night without […]

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Buddhist Hell in Luang Prabang

The very notion that the Buddhist philosophy includes a Hell of eternal suffering, hideous torments and gruelling damnation surprises many of we Westerners, who tend to have a sort of fluffy bunny chocolate box idea of the religion. Well, bake your bunny in a pie and throw the chocolate box in the fire folks because […]

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A Close Shave in Luang Prabang

Hair, hair everywhere.  Time for a little trim. Wandered the streets and came across a Barberbear. He was cutting this chap’s hair when we went past, and was still at it when we returned some time later.  ” Hello “. I thought, “this is a meticulous fellow”. Little did I know just how meticulous. We […]

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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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