Did I mention, I love Laos??

Trip Start Jan 09, 2013
Trip End Jan 22, 2013

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, Luang Namtha,
Tuesday, April 2, 2013

This morning, I noticed my camera was gone.
I looked everywhere and it was nowhere to be found! I backtracked my memory to yesterday, when I took a scooter up north to Mueng Sing. During the 4 hour ride, I had it in my possession.
Then I remembered.
I put the camera in the scooter's front pocket for easy access. I forgot and left it there when I got back to the guesthouse yesterday!! I ran out to the scooter this morning but it was no longer there....oh man I was so upset!
Knowing the chance of finding it was slim at that point, I asked the staff anyway to see if he had seen it. He told me he would ask around among his staff and let me know.
I knew it was my fault. I had no one else to blame but myself. Thinking it was lost cause, I took the scooter for another run and tried to enjoy the day. When I returned, the guy had my camera!! He said one staff saw it in the scooter pocket and placed it in a safe for me. I couldn't believe it. I was sure that camera was gone!
I was extremely lucky and grateful for their kindness.

I love Laotians.
When I go out to a market to buy food and I have no idea the price they are telling me, I give them all the bills and they only take what I owe. Last night, I was buying some dessert (grilled banana with stuffed coconut) and apparently, a bag of peanuts came with. Even though I kept telling the lady I didn't want the peanuts, she packaged them together and sent me along. This morning, a woman gave me an extra apple with my purchase of fruits.
Even when I go to a street vendor or a restaurant to eat, they don't ever ask you for money. Sometimes I have had to hunt people down to pay my bill. They are so trusting with others. People could easily walk away without paying here. But the Laos people and their culture are so honest.
I love them!
Oh and the kids...if you know me, you know that I don't particularly care for them....but the kids here are so freakin adorable. When I pass by them they almost always wave or say "sabai dee!! (hello)". How can that not make you smile??

So I didn't trek in Namtha.
Realizing that I still have traveling left in southern Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, I wanted to save my $ for onward travel. I decided to rent a scooter for $7 instead and take it around town on my own. The 2-hour ride to Mueng Sing was described as scenic, but I found it nothing special. Maybe I expected too much after my incredible experience in Mae Hong Son in Thailand. It just didn't compare to the "Switzerland of Thailand"!
But it was ok - I drove through some local villages which was really interesting. These people literally live in dirt. Their bamboo houses are built on stilts over clay-colored dirt and people walk bare feet. I saw a laundry line of clothes but they were all orange from the dirt! So much for clean clothes...
And I drove through acres and acres of watermelon farm!! That was so awesome.

Speaking of a farm, I noticed that morning and night markets serve as their grocery shopping for the day. They sell fresh produce, dairy and meat made available THAT day, and hardly anything is refrigerated (including meat and eggs!). They are all sold out in the open table. Talk about healthy eating. Everything is naturally organic.

I am attaching some pics I took during my scooter ride yesterday and today around Namtha.

Tomorrow I get on a 10-hr bus ride back to Luang Prabang, and will be catching a flight the following day to Bangkok. Finally I'm headed back to the beach :-)
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Shana on

So glad you found your camera- do you back your pictures up?

oshioshi on

I do when I can, but the Internet speed and connection out here is quite poor (Thailand was decent). So uploading onto my iCloud takes forever.

Oli on

babe you are online now? Lets skype

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