CARRY A STRONG MOSQUITO REPELLANT
Luggage and bags: CARRY AN INTERNATIONAL POWER PLUG THAT WILL BE COMPATIBLE IN ALL THE DIFFERENT COUNTRIES THAT YOU WILL VISIT...
I ALWAYS CARRY A SMALL SELF WINDING TORCH FOR THOSE DARK NIGHTS ETC..
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I CARRY A LIGHTWEIGHT PONCHO THAT ROLLS UP TO POCKETSIZE..THIS CAN ALSO COVER A BACKPACK THAT YOU MAY BE CARRYING..
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: ALWAYS PACK ANY MEDICINE PRESCIPTIONS THAT YOU HAVE FOR ENQUIRERS SO THAT THEY WILL KNOW WHAT YOU ARE CARRYING.
ALWAYS CARRY A VERY GOOD MOSQUITO REPELLANT AND USE IT..IN THE TROPICS..
IN MY BAG IS ALWAYS ANTISEPTIC HANDWASH AND A PACKET OF FACEWIPES FOR THE HUMID HEAT AND.... A SMALL PACK OF TISSUES WHEN THE ROLL IS EMPTY!!!
Photo Equipment: MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE YOUR DIGITAL BATTERY CHARGER AND SPARE MEMORY CARD..
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: CARRY A GOOD SUNBLOCK CREAM AND LIP SALVE
Miscellaneous: ALWAYS CARRY (IF YOU USE) A SPARE PAIR OF GLASSES..Related to:
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Na een carriere die hijzelf graag briljant noemt, maar die in werkelijkheid vrij middelmatig was, heeft ex-ambassadeur Louis Kessler zich teruggetrokken in Luang Prabang, de vroegere hoofdstad van Laos.
Jarenlang heeft hij via de diplomatieke post oosterse kunstvoorwerpen naar België gesmokkeld. Door zijn grenzeloze hebzucht heeft hij zich bovendien gecompromitteerd met Birmese drugdealers. Met zijn butler, die hij behandelt als een slaaf, leidt hij een rustig vrijgezellenbestaan tussen porno-videofilms en boeken over de Tweede Wereldoorlog.
Hij heeft vriendschap gesloten met een Vietnamese kruidendokter, die hem onder meer inwijdt in verdraaid confucianisme.
Dat deze een mol is van de communistische geheime dienst kan hij uiteraard niet vermoeden. Evenmin dat zijn eigen butler zwarte magie bedrijft.
Het is evident dat deze situatie alle elementen bevat voor immanente gerechtigheid.
The Ravens; Pilots of the Secret War of Laos
Officially the war in Laos did not exist. Both North Vietnam and the USA denied they had troops there.
In fact, thousands of North Vietnamese were invading the country and pouring down the Ho Chi Minh Trail on their way to the South, and the Americans were fighting a vigorous war against them from the air, and on the ground via the CIA-led Meo (Hmong) tribesmen
The Ravens were the American pilots, all volunteers, who flew through heavy groundfire to identify targets and call in air-strikes.
Their mission was top-secret. they wore no uniforms and carried no identification.
Mavericks to a man, they accepted the murderous casualty rates in return for a life of unrestricted flying and fighting.
They did their job with extraordinary skill and crazy courage, in with a zany humor all of their own.
This is their story ...
The Vietnam War Years
Laos; Caught in the Web
The small nation of Laos, wedged between Thailand and Vietnam, is little know to most Westerners. When the author and her husband, a USAID worker, moved to Laos in 1971, it was a quiet country falling increasingly under the effects of a heavy but unacknowledged U.S. military presence, as part of the failing effort in Vietnam.
Befriended by two young Laotians, the author became a part of village life, joining holiday celebrations, weddings, funerals and feasts.
Over a four year period, she developed a deep admiration and affection for the Lao people.
The humor and pathos of these chaotic years before the Communist take-over of the Government in 1975 are chronicled by following one Lao family from Communist controlled - re-education camps to their eventual resettlement in the United States.
Field Guid (Birds)
Birds of South-East Asia
This concise, up-dated edition of the award-winning A Field guide to the Birds of South-east Asia is the most comprehensive compact guide to this magnificent bird-rich region.
Over 140 full-colour plates by a range of expert artists it covers about 1.270 species in detail.
A complete field and reference guide to the birds of Thailand, peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Ilse and Birgit Schrama
Buddhist Temple Life in Laos
This book gives an intimate glimpse into the day-to-day lives of the monks, novices and nuns of Wat Sok Pa Luang.
Who are these boys, men and women and why did they become a novice or why did they ordain?
Although the focus is on the mundain, the significance of Buddhism in their lives shines through.
Behind the peaceful and contemplative atmosphere of the temple complex, layers are revealed; desires for love and sport, family problems, malaria, poverty and education perils.
Despite the extremely sober life style, as documented in this book, the stories of the novices and monks are often heart-warming
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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you go up north from December to February, you need to bring some warm clothing. During my trip in February, I'd met a couple of people who thought they were going to the tropics and were totally unprepared for the cold.
Sports sandals are best for walking around.
Laundrettes are everywhere and they are cheap and fast. I got mine done in Huay Xai in 2 hours.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: It's better to bring your own medicine as the local pharmacies may not have it. Mosquito repellent is a must because there are mozzies everywhere...even in the plane! Having said that, malaria pills are not necessary. I thought it was and actually started taking before my trip but i forgot to bring it with me and am fine without it.
Miscellaneous: Travel adaptor. In Laos, two types of plugs can be used. They are the flat-blade and round 2-pin plugs. Refer to http://kropla.com/electric2.htm.
Random acts of kindness
Miscellaneous: Before we take a trip around SE Asia, I have my kids go through their toys and put aside some to bring to the kids we will encounter: cars, action figures, small balls...my kids always end up playing with local kids or interacting in some way. Sometimes therearekids begging...so we they give them these small toys. The kids (mine and the local ones) love it!Related to:
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Warm clothes in winter
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: We headed north in January from Malaysia, where it was hot, to Laos and Vietnam, where it was quite chilly at night. The bus windows wouldn't shut, so we should have had at least long trousers, socks and shoes, and a light jacket.Related to:
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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It can get cold in Lauang Prabang in winter, some hotels have air con but no heating. I had to wear my thermal undies in bed for 2 nights I was there even tho it was quite warm during the day!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There are lots of shops that sell toiletries by the big multinationals eg Unilver, Colgate, Proctor and Gamble. Did not check out if Tampons are hard to come by.
Photo Equipment: You can get your photos downloaded onto CD in Vientaine. There are a few shops around including one opposite the main market.
It's hard to get many items!
Luggage and bags: easiest with a backpack, and a smaller one for day travels.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It is hot here so bring summer clothes. But also remember to bring some longer items that cover your shoulders and knees for the Wats. Also the air conditioning can get pretty clod in places. Bring a comfortable pair of running shoes and sandals. I also brought a few sweatshirts for the night. But if you do forget clothes they are so cheap at the markets, ex Morning Market in Vientiane.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito repellent is very important (with at least 30% deet), malaria pills and take cholora before you go. Also "wet ones" is what we have in canada, moist toweletts anti bacterial becasue if you have to go to the bathroom not in your hotel or major travel destination they don't have running water in their bathrooms. Also bring toilet paper on your daily outings.
Photo Equipment: it is cheap to put your digital pictures on a cd but I never really had to buy anything for my camera so I am not sure.
Bring What You Need
Luggage and bags: Backpack / haversack is the most convenient.
A small day-pack for day trips out of town.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: T-shirts and shorts (not too short though) due to hot weather.
Comfortable walking / hiking shoes for treks.
Slippers / flip-flops for easy travelling around town.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring wet disposable towelettes in case there isn't any showering facilities or you get yourself so dirty that you need to freshen up.
Normal stuffs like Lomotil for tummy aches, Panadol/Aspirin for headaches, Lozenges, Malaria Pills, Charcoal Pills, Deglogen, etc
Photo Equipment: Digital Camera and Memory Cards
Analog Camera and films / slides
Miscellaneous: Insect Repellent. Torchlight for the occassional black-outs. Bandana / Cap for the hot weather and to cover your head from the dust. Travel Guide. Money Bag. MP3 Player.Related to:
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wish we could have brought him home
Luggage and bags: Backpack is the way to go here as in many places you will not have the option of a taxi to your squeaky clean hotel.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You will need some light clothing in the warm months though wearing long sleeves and pants is advisable due to malarial concerns. Hiking boots come in handy for the long hauls but some sandals are great for hanging out in the cities.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Anti-malarials should be carried but if in cooler months, I would not personally take them until you actually come down with symptoms.
Photo Equipment: Wide angle and polarizer are essentials.
Miscellaneous: This praying mantis was in our room in Vang Vieng and we missed him after we left.
Miscellaneous: Kips are the local currency in Laos. Right now 1 USD = 10.000 kips approx.
You can use dollars everywhere here, if you pay with dollars they give you back kips, but if you change kips at a bank they give you a better rate. Try to spend them all before you leave, as they are difficult to exchange outside Laos.
I didn't find any ATM in Laos.
A very good camera!
Luggage and bags: Bring bags that are easy to carry, as you're often stepping on and off tuktuks, buses and you don't wanna be lugging huge heavy bags around.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Get a good pair of walking shoes that cover your feet well. Many Laotian roads have stones, rocks and planks by the side. Also, some areas are muddy and some swmapy areas have leeches. So be prepared with leech socks as well.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Carry a disinfectant with you. These things are not easily available in village areas.
Photo Equipment: A good camera goes a long way! And lotts of film. Slide film also recommended.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Everything should be outdoor gear if you truly want to enjoy Lao the way it is :)Related to:
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