All posts tagged: Travel

Vientiane: Like You Bor Hu!

Greetings, readers! I’m Jason, a Texan based in Laos for over a decade, working in various aspects of tourism. In a sense, I’m the reverse from most of you; perhaps an American-Lao? In any case, I have been here long enough to have fallen long out of that “honeymoon” phase that foreigners on short-term contracts to Laos often have. They’re the ones responsible for the generic superficial articles you typically see on Laos, enchanted by lines of monks at almsgiving, savory food, marvelous waterfalls, and the slow pace of life. Those things are all great, but there’s much more to Laos than that. I like to look at unusual places; the neglected history, what makes the country tick, and where it may go from here. I make no claims to be an expert on anything, but am simply curious to learn more and show you what I’ve found. I’ll aim to present the things I find, to the best of my understanding, though others may likely know more or find my thoughts completely off track. …

Editor Post: A dizzying sabaidee from Laos

They say you can get lost in Laos. Mentally and physically, I agree. I’ve been away from the pages of LLOTP as editor to do so, but I’ve been away from writing for longer than I have liked. For good reasons, of course. As I try to capture the conversations, the images, and faces and spaces of the Lao diaspora folks I have come across– it will be worth the wait to share with you. This is the first of many posts documenting my time here in Laos. I can finally say I have time (as short as it is) to stop and type away. It’s been over 20 days of nonstop traveling and conquering the flu. I’ve been through Laos zig-zagging around mountain tops and prairies during the coldest year to date for the region. It’s been in the 30s and 40s. As a Minnesotan, I’m not one to complain, but here there isn’t the comfort of central heating to shield the freezing walls around the village homes at night. At first, I wanted …