I’ve decided to start adding some photos to this blog along with some commentary on what’s happening.

This photo is of a group of Lao youth acting as security guards for the Boat Racing Festival in Vientiane. They were all senior high school students and had to inspect bags and pat down anyone entering the festival.

The students were divided into gender groups. If you’re a woman you walk towards the female students who get to pat you down. If you’re a man it’s the boys that get to inspect you.

The system seemed to work pretty well as there weren’t large queues to get into the festival. They seemed to be pretty strict about inspecting everyone. This photo shows one Falang getting a particularly close look over. Everyone looks pretty smart in their uniforms.