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Notes on the Geography of Laos: Houayxay Vicinity 2

A bit farther along the same road, the village of Lao Huay.

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The village pump.

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The village miller.

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A typical house.

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Note the heavy thatching and lack of chimney.

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Inside, pretty spare.

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Kitchen, with smoke having to thread its way through the thatch.

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The household treasure--and source of income.

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Beautiful stacks of bamboo for thatching.

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Nearby, coarse rice paper dries.

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Who built this control structure? Best bet: an NGO or possibly the government through a development bank.

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A fuller view, showing villagers about to fish.

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The tube has a thin pole with a plunger on the far end. Pulled swiftly out of the tube by the man on the right, it creates suction that brings fish into the submerged end.

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Getting ready to yank. The fish were tiny, averaging 3 inches.


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