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Vat Simeuang: the liveliest temple in Vientiane

A woman of medium build kneels before an image of the Buddha and lifts up a fair sized stone weighing several kilos, until it is level with her head.

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- South Korea 70 years ago, much like present day rural Laos
Seventy years ago, the South Korean people's lives were much like the present day way of life in the ethnic Lao groups of southern Xekong province. More >>>
- Former hunters lay down their guns in the name of conservation
If one day we find ourselves in a country with no wildlife, our children will no longer have the privilege of experiencing the world's wonders and tourists will not come to visit our exotic land; thus we must do everything we can to protect wildlife from becoming extinct.More >>>
- Disabled dog versus stealthy cobra snake
Villagers have found one of their cattle dead, with suspicions of a cobra attack being the cause as snakes had been frequently spotted in the village. More >>>
- Countryside days catching crabs yield cries of joy and pain
Jep khee, jep khee ” is not a pleasant term to hear in Laos, translating roughly to “shit! that hurts!” in English but it is an accurate reflection of the pain young people feel when they are bitten whilst hunting for rice paddy crabs. More >>>
- Countryside days catching crabs yield cries of joy and pain
Jep khee, jep khee ” is not a pleasant term to hear in Laos, translating roughly to “shit! that hurts!” in English but it is an accurate reflection of the pain young people feel when they are bitten whilst hunting for rice paddy crabs. More >>>
- Phonthong villagers seek better living conditions
Ajourney of 25 km is a long way to go if Mr Kar wants to return to fishing and growing rice in his former home area near the Nam Gnouang reservoir, but that is really only a dream as it is too far for this villager who was relocated to make way for the Theun–Hinboun Dam. More >>>
- Couple keeps khaolarm preparation skills alive
Getting up early in the morning to put the prepared sticky rice into hollow lengths of bamboo is one of the normal jobs of this elderly couple so that they can supply the dessert called khaolarm at the right time for their many customers. More >>>
- Reflecting on childhood games and the changing nature of fun
Thinking back to twenty years ago, when I was a young child living in Nontae village, Xaythany district, Vientiane, I remember how much fun I used to have with my friends despite the fact we had very little. More >>>
- Country children's fighting fish hobby
While many kids in the city are busy stressing over mathematics or English holiday classes, kids living in rural areas are heading out to the ponds near their rice fields to capture and raise fighting fish. More >>>

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