I have just started reading the opening of the latest edition of Brett Dakin‘s Another Quiet American.

There first few pages are about his recent return to Laos, and are a reflection on the changes since he arrived. I feel I would share some of his sentiments, such as the disgust that Swensens and The Pizza Company chains are now apparently in the city.

Apparently the National Museum has been sold to a developer and may be demolished.

I strongly recommend any recently departed expats download the kindle sample to read the opening few pages.

A few things I learned were that the average age is Laos is less than 20, making it the youngest country in Asia. This really shouldn’t be too surprising in a country whose life expectancy is barely about 50 though.