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Published: January 16th 2007
After visiting Laos you will feel something very much like how this girl feels.
I've finally pulled together some of the photos from my side trip in Laos. I won't get into exactly where we were, partly because I hardly know myself, but mostly so it doesn't get spoiled. Those with a little adventure will find their way. The Laos countryside is much easier to reach than most realize, and the locals are the friendliest people in the world.
I hope you enjoy the photos.
**Travellers Note**Remember, kids will be happy just to see you as you are not a common site. It is not necesary to give candy or other gifts and it's strongly encouraged that you don't. Give gifts to local leaders/elders if you really want to help. Laosians don't want their kids to grow up learning to beg, and travellers should be mindful of this. It's also one of the reasons Laos is so fond to those who travel here. The people are interested in you, not your wallet. And besides, they're already happy without your candy. Instead, learn a few words in their local dialect, show them their own photos, or learn a magic trick. Those are all guaranteed to be big hits!
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