The Golden Triangle to the left and on the right
is the Pagoda Forest in Myanmar. The ship never stopped on the Myanmar
shore. Too many problems we were told.
On the left is a view of some rocky rapids that
the boat was navigating through. This is not some sedate sleepy ocean
cruise with nothing to see except water and waves. Most of us were
reluctant to go inside while the boat was moving because we didn't want
to miss anything. On the right a small nameless village sprawling
up the side of a hill.
These two photos show our adventurous group leaving
the boat to visit a small Laotian Akka village. The rain was still
coming down as we made our way carefully up the slippery path.
Photo to the left shows the village and the main
trail through the village. Mud was several inches thick. Most
of the children wore rubber rain boots. On the right you see the pretty
15 year old Laotian village girl who led me to the school house. In
the background you can see a very old woman walking to her home. As
I walked by the old woman came over to the fence and talked to me.
I didn't understand a word, but she shook my hand anyway.
The old woman to the right is the same one as in
the photo above. Here she is walking over to talk to me. The
old lady on the left was following me as I walked through town.
So were the children who are just visible on the right side of that photo.
I felt like the pied piper of Laos!
These kids escaped from the schoolhouse to follow
me all the way back to the boat.
On the right is a carved wooden "God"
that guards the entrance to the village.
There were about 50 children in this one room schoolhouse.
The teacher works without paper, pencils or chalkboards. But the students
were attentive, disicplined and very curious. I took a photo of every
child and showed them what they looked like. That may have been the
first time any of these kids ever saw their own photographs!
Mekong River Adventure Cruise