Travels in slo-mo land

The least populated and least developed nation in Southeast Asia, landlocked Laos only opened its doors to the outside world a decade ago. It's the kind of place where many people live in huts made from bamboo and thatch, where the Mekong River is still the main highway, and where Buddhism rubs up uneasily against Communism.
Laos also has the unenviable distinction of being the most heavily bombed country in history, thanks to a secret war waged by the US during the Vietnam conflict. You'd think that would make the Laotians bitter - instead it's the friendliest, smiley-est, most laid-back country I've been.
It's also not the kind of place you can see in a hurry. It's a land locked in perpetual slow motion.

Above from left: Cast brass Buddhas from the Ventiane market, Laos visa, and 500 and 1000 Kip banknotes. Click on the thumbnails below to view the images full size.

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