Bye-bye Laos and unhatched chicks

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Selling dried squid, warmed over charcoal.


I spent my last evening in Laos beside the Mekong with Lao Beer and watch the sun set ... only to be interrupted by:

  1. Women selling dried squid which they would warm over the coals for you (yummy with beer), and 
  2. The tap-tap-tap of spoons against semi-hatched eggs by the young couple sitting opposite me.

Now for the Likes and Dislikes ... 

Laos has been wonderful ... add the familiarity of Thailand but rather unspoilt.  I most liked the gentle and pleasant people (very much like the Thais) and atmosphere.  Most of the sights (except the Plain of Jars) were somewhat familiar but still enjoyable.

The dislikes?  None really but while Laos is cheap, I can't help thinking that it is still somewhat expensive compared to more developed countries like Malaysia ... USD1.5 to USD2 for a meal in Laos in my view seems rather expensive.  But I guess most visitors frequent touristed towns (with little local patronage and buying power) so it can't be helped.

But beer is good (just over USD1 for a big bottle) and cheap ... and the ice is safe if you like to drop a few cubes into your tall glass (like many of the expats have grown used to doing).

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Selling dried squid, warmed over c…
Selling dried squid, warmed over …
Lao Beer without ice.
Lao Beer without ice.
Riversde drinking and dining.
Riversde drinking and dining.
Riversde drinking and dining.
Riversde drinking and dining.
Sunset on the Mekong.
Sunset on the Mekong.
Rowing practice at sunset on the M…
Rowing practice at sunset on the …
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