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    I have travelled all my life but never before have I been in a country where the principal characteristic of the people seems to be their smile. Despite Laos poverty and isolation, its people were some of the kindest and most outgoing we've ever met. Its delightful old world charm has not been despoiled by the slow but steady pace of modernization. A number of kids played along the paddy fields greeted us. This sweet girl were taken care of her water buffalo while her parent working in the pdaddy fields. This is Laos, a land of ethnically diverse inhabitants but where gentle, open, beaming smiles surround you wherever you go. And never since my school days have I heard so much giggling, both in cities and in the countryside, as both young and old go about their daily activities. A naturally sweet nature seems to have survived centuries of fighting and turbulent change, while the results of the intense barrage of bombs and Agent Orange dropped on Laos during the Vietnam war still affects, in some way, almost every family in the country. To Westerners, with our grumbles and grouses about the slightest inconveniences to our lives, it is a revelation. Until recently Laos was an Asian backwater. When it opened its doors again to foreign visitors in the Nineties there were few modern amenities and no tourist infrastructure. Now this sleepy, rural land is waking up to tourism

    Photo of a lovely girl taken on the island Don Det - Laos. The little island located in the Mekong river. While her father is ploughing in the rice fields and her mother transplanting rice seedlings this young girl taking care of her water buffalo. A great place to explore some of the lesser-known areas of the southern region of Laos. A place to meet the friendly Lao people despite their poverty and isolation. A place to meet Beauty and the Beast.

    Si Phan Don, ook bekend als 4 duizend eilanden is gelegen in het zuiden van Laos. Hier is de Mekong op sommige gebieden wel 14 km breed. Don Det eiland is een oase van rust want gemotoriseerd verkeer is er nog vrijwel onbekend. Je kunt hier heerlijk wandelen langs tempeltjes, rijstvelden, lotusvijvers en kleine dorpjes. Don Det is wel een beetje een backpackers paradijs met goedkope bamboehutjes, pancakes en Frans stokbrood. Samengevat: peace & happiness. Voor de gemiddelde toerist is er erg weinig te doen, maar voor mij is de omgeving schitterend en heel rustgevend. De omgeving nodigt uit tot het maken van flinke wandelingen, maar je kunt het eiland ook prima per fiets verkennen. We hebben dan ook maar een fiets gehuurd en een rondje gemaakt. Werkelijk prachtig en heerlijk om door onbedorven dorpjes en de prachtige groene rijstvelden te rijden waar iedereen ons zwaaiend met Sabaidee begroette. Een land naast Thailand van de glimlach. De glimlachjes die ik hier overal krijg toegeworpen zijn oprecht. Ik voel me jarig, alsof ik de hele dag kadootjes krijg. Naast vriendelijk is Laos ook nog eens mooi. Als er een Authentiek Azië; bestaat, moet het Laos zijn. En als je ook maar enigszins je best doet om contact te krijgen met de bevolking zal je worden uitgenodigd om binnen te kijken en wat te eten en drinken. We hebben verder naar veel kinderen gezwaaid, veel glimlachjes teruggegeven. Zeker voor de avontuurlijke reiziger herbergt dit land een grote hoeveelheid aan onontdekte natuurschatten, vriendelijke mensen en een gevoel dat veel nog puur is.

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    1. Ramirez kiko 57 months ago | reply

      hermosa mirada.

    2. aetos76_ISO1600 57 months ago | reply

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    3. ~Ranveig Marie~ 57 months ago | reply

      What a wonderful photo of a beautiful little girl!

    4. Ocean Calling 57 months ago | reply

      Man and Beast living in peace.
      Beautiful. I too have been there and it was their smiles that showed me what rich really meant.

    5. Deno L 57 months ago | reply

      I saw this in the 100+ Faves group and Faved it.

    6. romagnoli_e@yahoo.it 57 months ago | reply

      che dolce ottimo ritratto bravissimo ..ciao

    7. cpcmollet 56 months ago | reply

      Very nice portrait !
      Excellent light

    8. Roeselien Raimond 56 months ago | reply

      Heel mooi, sprekend portret....

      I saw this in the 50+ Faves group and Faved it.

    9. ElinS_70 56 months ago | reply

      wow - that girl is really special...! What a lovely portrait you've done.

    10. windekind1973 56 months ago | reply

      Sterke compositie en een heel mooi moment en een zeer sterk portret

    11. ILINA S. 54 months ago | reply

      so much personality in her eyes!

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    13. Emmanuel Arruda 47 months ago | reply

      Excelente composição!

      Luz, cor, ângulo, enquadramento. Tudo forma uma imagem harmonioso, criativa e bela.



      Excellent composition!
      Light, color, angle, framing. All image as a harmonious, creative and beautiful.


      Excellent composition!
      Lumière, couleur, angle, cadrage. Toutes les images, comme un développement harmonieux, créatif et beau.


      Composición Excelente!
      Luz, color, ángulo, encuadre. Toda imagen como un desarrollo armonioso, creativo y hermoso.

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    14. Jennyfer Vigue 45 months ago | reply

      Superb portrait!

    15. Percy 59 41 months ago | reply

      ♦COMPLIMENTI per la tua foto

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