Hello! Bamboo! (Yangshuo, China)

The bus dumped me on the streets of Yangshuo at about five-thirty in the morning.  The roads were empty, and large limestone cliffs encircled the town and sheltered the buildings from the sunrise. I was exhausted.  My one-week bender in Hong Kong was tiring enough, but trying to sleep in the tiny metal shoebox on … Continue reading

American Bombs (Luang Nam Tha, Laos)

At the crossroads – Trekking – Development Challenges – Luang Nam Tha – Laos’ Future, Past and Present – American Bombs I crossed the Mekong at dawn.  Instantly I felt the subtle differences between Thailand and Laos.  The pace of life was slow in Laos: the border guards had not yet stumbled into work when … Continue reading