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  • hardie karges 12:02 pm on October 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: akha, , , Huay Xai, , , , Mekong River, Muang Sing, Tai Dam, , Vang Vieng, Vientiane,   

    Time-Travel: A Tale of Two Towns in the Laotian Outback… 

    At age 64, and after 155 countries and more than forty years of travel, it’s all time-travel now, going back to see something I once saw before, and seeing all the changes that time has wrought, rather than seeing it all virgin-like for the first time, a gap-year giggly-mouthed googly-eyed greenhorn, that prototypical wide-mouth chin-dropping awe that inspires sales of toothpaste and fashion, featuring credit cards and deodorant, dreams of midnights and long flights, and carrying prophylactics, just in case…

    But it’s all different now. What was once exotic is now just chaotic, and International Standard Pidgin English ensures that you’re not likely to miss a meal, unless you really want to. Hard-core travel cowboys consume geography like chocolate cake on Sunday, apps logging miles and journals logging impressions, with an index, a table of contents, and an itinerary to be followed, while professional travel bloggers merely follow the guidelines of their sponsors… (More …)

  • hardie karges 10:28 am on May 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , Vientiane   

    #Vientiane #Laos PDR (Please Don’t Rush) 

    Sllepy Sunday in Vientiane

    Sleepy Sunday in Vientiane

    If Laos is a ramshackle village, then Viangchan (Vientiane) is its ramshackle capital. Only problem is that it ain’t so ramshackle any more. First the backpackers discovered it, then the developers moved in. There goes the neighborhood. Too bad backpackers don’t get stipends from their development initiatives and their ballsy forays into the mystic, to make up for the general derision with which they are treated in the countries they’ve helped bring into the golden age of mass tourism, like Thailand across the river, awash in tourism and prostitution and consumerist friendsy…

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    • Traveling Ted 3:20 pm on May 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting to see how travel destinations change over a period of time. I hope to make it to Laos for the first time like Elizabeth.

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