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photoblog image A short visit to Laos #9

A short visit to Laos #9

Cooler working at night...the main picture is of an outdoor workshop specialising in manufacture of large Buddha icons...it is too hot to work during the day, so they rig powerful lights and work at night.

 

On arrival in Sawannaket, about 1400, we find accommodation, then set out to explore the city which is situated right beside the Mekong River and directly over the water from Thailand's Mukdahan city. Our mode of transport is Shanks' Pony, aka walking, which is a favourite way we usually choose for studying new cities. It is fearful hot, but we know the cold beer tastes better in such conditions and we have a good excuse for frequent stops.

 

So, we walk, eat and guzzle our way around the city until about 2100, by which time bed beckons strongly.

 

Here is a slideshow that will give you some impression of our meanderings around this city:

 

 
 

 

A short visit to Laos #9

Cooler working at night...the main picture is of an outdoor workshop specialising in manufacture of large Buddha icons...it is too hot to work during the day, so they rig powerful lights and work at night.

 

On arrival in Sawannaket, about 1400, we find accommodation, then set out to explore the city which is situated right beside the Mekong River and directly over the water from Thailand's Mukdahan city. Our mode of transport is Shanks' Pony, aka walking, which is a favourite way we usually choose for studying new cities. It is fearful hot, but we know the cold beer tastes better in such conditions and we have a good excuse for frequent stops.

 

So, we walk, eat and guzzle our way around the city until about 2100, by which time bed beckons strongly.

 

Here is a slideshow that will give you some impression of our meanderings around this city:

 

 
 

 

comments (10)

All very good shots of your walkabout!
Ray: We travel many kilometres on these evening walkabouts, Elizabeth.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 13 Jul 2017, 06:18
The Buddha statues look like doing Nordic walking with their sticks.
Ray: They do look that way, Philine...I think the sticks are a temporary tool for preventing the works-in-progress from toppling over.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 13 Jul 2017, 06:25
You must have been exhausted by 2100, but obviously got as much as possible out of the day
Ray: On these short trips, Lisl, the days are long and exhausting.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 13 Jul 2017, 06:41
The works were a good find Ray.
Ray: I found it to be fascinating, Chad.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 Jul 2017, 06:49
Ray: I think the sticks are a temporary tool for preventing the works-in-progress from toppling over, Alan.

The wonderful thing about stumbling about in the hot afternoon is that there is no dispute when someone suggests we declare the sun to be over the yard-arm quite early...in fact, refreshing ales can be guzzled at hourly intervals without anyone feeling guilty as it is just practical re-hydration.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 13 Jul 2017, 06:57
Very interesting to see these views of a place I've never heard of before. I am struck by the lack of people about during daylight hours, this due, no doubt, to the furnace-like heat..
Ray: Mad Dogs and Englishmen [and Aussies] go out in the midday sun...as Tim is English, and I am Aussie, then that makes Koen...
I'm really enjoying this trip with you and your friends Ray, entertaining and eductional at the same time, which is what I suspect was it's purpose in part.
Ray: I like to try to let my SC Buddies know a little about this remote part of the World, Brian...very few foreigners ever visit these places. I enjoy these short trips with my travel buddies.
Never heard of the place and haven't a clue how to pronounce it but this is very interesting stuff Ray
Ray: I liked this place very much, Bill...nice people and very interesting surroundings.
Quite a mixture of ancient and modern.
Ray: Laos is like that, Tom...transitioning very slowly into 21st century.
What a spectacular tree featured in the first two shots of the slideshow.

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