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Notes on the Geography of Laos: Houayxay Vicinity 1

A local driver offered a ride down the road.

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The road to Louang Prabang is very circuitous and bears in a northeasterly way out of town. Here, a couple of miles from town, it's already unpaved.

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Yet here, a few miles further along, there's a house with concrete foundation posts, a motorcycle, and manufactured railings and rooftiles.

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Another house, equally suggestive not only of wealth but of a familiarity with the building materials of industrial society, like concrete blocks.

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Even a house of wood and woven-leaves has a corrugated roof.

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And here, although the house is entirely of traditional materials, a TV antenna imports foreign ideas.

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A stroll through a village.

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Why on posts? Snake protection?

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Why not on posts?

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Extraordinary how far television reaches--here received from an antenna on a bamboo pole.

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One last glimpse. Why the red tips?


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