November 2008


The movie, Bomb Harvest, is currently playing on ABC TV. It’s an excellent film and anyone with a remote interest in Laos should watch it. The movie’s accompanying website is very good.

From a review by “At the movies” on ABC TV:

During the ‘Secret War’ that the Americans conducted in South East Asia during the conflict in Vietnam, nearly 2 million tonnes of bombs were dropped on neighbouring Laos.

Many of those bombs failed to explode and are embedded in the landscape. A new documentary BOMB HARVEST follows Australian bomb disposal specialist Laith Stevens in his work for the humanitarian organization Mines Advisory Group.

You can watch a video of the film on Google Video.

I can’t recommend the Bokeo Gibbon Experience in Laos enough.

Jurgen Treue has some excellent photos of the Australian band Regurgitator playing in Vientiane, Laos.

A source tells me the Lao people weren’t so receptive to Regurgitator. The band hit the stage at around 9:30pm, but by that stage it was getting pretty close to curfew so a lot of Lao people decided to leave. Regurgitator’s music is a little too contemporary for Lao tastes. Someone should have told them to try playing some Thai-pop covers or a bit of “Hotel California”.

The highest value currency is the 50’000 kip note. It’s worth about 5 USD.

A Lao cooking article from The Australian.

Sep Lai!

Here is an interesting article by The Independent on Ruby Wax’s trip to Laos. I haven’t had time to read it yet.

I found a hilarious quote from the Lao characters from the American TV show, King of the Hill:

Hank meets Kahn for the first time.

Hank Hill: So are you Chinese or Japanese?
Minh Souphanousinphone: No, we are Laotian.
Bill Dauterive: The ocean? What ocean?
Kahn Souphanousinphone: From Laos, stupid! It’s a landlocked country in South East Asia between Vietnam and Thailand, population approximately 4.7 million!

Hank ponders this for a few seconds.

Hank Hill: So are you Chinese or Japanese?
Khan Souphanousinphone:: D’oh

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