Hello my friends,
In a little while I will be heading up river to where the electricity is produced by generators which run only from 6pm til 10pm. I will be leaving the one internet connection in Nong Khiaw behind, and expect no more til I reach Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam, whenever that might be.
In addition, Vietnam censors Facebook. Some work arounds are possible, but photos cannot be uploaded. For this reason, I have tried to do a bit of catch up here and get a few photos up. Of course, I am still miles behind, but at least have made a start.
The photos from here in Nong Khiaw really reflect the difference in traveling where tourists are more of a rarity. The openness of the people – and the truth one sees of who they are and of the conditions of their lives – is much easier to catch. In other places I have felt it was a very rude intrusion to put a camera in someone’s face, or to too obviously record what I was seeing. The images are vivid in my head, but I am not really able to show them to you.
So this is farewell for now. Will be returning when I can to bring some impressions from Vietnam.