March 29, 2014

Cool Short Video of Southern Laos

Just as the title says...a cool short video (2 mins) of southern Laos posted by Lucas Veuve on Youtube.  Nicely shot and edited.  Have a look.

March 28, 2014

Lao Food Festival 2014

Did you perhaps miss this year's Lao Food Festival?  Sao Darly J posted a video on Youtube from the event (January 16 2014) which never fails to attract a crowd.  Watch along...

March 26, 2014

Book Review of Endangered Animals of Laos

Title:  Endangered Animals of Laos / ​ສັດ​ປ່າ​ທີ່​ຍາກ​ໃນ​ລາວ
Written and Drawn by:  Afra O'Shea
Publisher/Year:  Lao Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and CIDSE, 2001
Price:  20,000 kip

Book Review:  Endangered Animals of Laos by Afra O'Shea

March 21, 2014

National Geographic - Monster Fish: Jumping Giants of Laos

In this National Geographic special from 2011, a team led by Zeb Hogan, Ph.D., visit Laos to find out more about fish migratory routes.  Watch along with their adventure/research team and learn something new.

Posted by:  Youtube user Sac Naksavath

March 18, 2014

Almost Forgot to Visit Vat Xieng Tong Museum!

On one of the free days I had in Luangprabang (December 4 2013) with no plans, I decided to go strolling around all down the main street heading in the direction away from downtown and primarily taking pictures of the temples as I went along.  The further I got away from downtown the more it felt I was entering the suburbs.  But I didn't care as I was enjoying the sites.

March 17, 2014

Jungle Boat Ride into a Cave

Just like the title says.  Enjoy the boat ride along the jungle and right into the large Kong Lor Cave in Laos.

Posted by Youtube user Laos Increible.

March 11, 2014

Two of My Fave Book Stores in Vientiane

Although I visited 12 or 13 book sellers and book stores in Vientiane this past December 2013, these 2 following book stores are my favourites and have been around for what seems like ages.  What I know for certain is that they've been around for at least 10 years because that's how long I've known them for.

Admittedly, bookstores are rarely super busy in Laos.  Often times I'd be the only one browsing for books or perhaps with just 1 or 2 other patrons doing the same.  And usually you can have a friendly conversation with the owner or salesperson or other fellow bookworms looking to buy books.  Tip:  A nice conversation makes the negotiation later a lot easier when you're ready to buy.

March 05, 2014

Encyclopedia of Lao Astrology

Title:  12 ​ຣາ​ສີ​ຕຳ​ນານ​ເຈັດ​ຄຳ​ພີລວມ​ຂອງ​ດີ​ມາ​ແຕ່​ຮານ​ນະ​ການ / seepsong lasee - dtumnan jaet kumpee luam kong deema dtae bulan nagan
By:  Douangsay Luangpaseu
Publisher, Year:  Luangphasy Printing, 2012

seepsong lasee - dtumnan jaet kumpee luam kong deema dtae bulan nagan (an encyclopedia of Lao astrology)

March 03, 2014

Shower Me This

Being a Lao person, it's always funny to receive the occasional gift that supposedly has some element of Laoness to them.  Obviously the person who gave it went through some deep thinking to search out a Lao product which is very thoughtful.