Photographer's Note

‘Banks of the Mekong (between Pak Beng and Luang Prabang)’

I’m posting this photo under Pak Beng, the starting point of the boat trip on the Mekong to the town of Luang Prabang.
But all the photos (including those in the WS) were taken somewhere along the way.
It is not possible to give a more detailed indication of the locations. Many small villages were not on the map.

There wasn’t any part of the route that was more interesting than the rest. During the entire journey I had the feeling of sailing through a fairly untouched landscape.
Just north of Luang Prabang (between half an hour and an hour by boat from LP) there were two large bridges under construction.
One bridge is for the future train line from China to Bangkok.

From this opening up of Laos to the north (to China) much is expected. Some are looking forward to it (certainly China is). Others fear it. A country with fewer than 8 million inhabitants borders a country with more than 1.394.000.000 people of which a large group has a lot more money than the Laotians.
Thinking back to the behaviour of some Chinese tourists in Luang Prabang (who have now travelled by plane), I fear that after the opening of the train line the Laotian people will be overrun by their northern neighbours.
Who will benefit from the money that those Chinese visitors will bring??? It often happens now that Chinese tourists stay only in hotels owned by other Chinese …

Because of Black Friday: four pictures in the WS.

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  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5664 W: 17 N: 13703] (54737)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2019-12-24
  • Exposición: f/0.1, 1/21 segundos
  • Versión de la foto: Versión original, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2020-11-26 23:48
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