Travellers often come back from Laos a little wistful. ”It’s like Thailand 15 years ago,” they say. “I wish it could stay the same.” Tourism and development change a place quite quickly and in Laos’ case, the slower-paced country has remained at its own rhythm, but pockets of touristed towns like Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang have been in the news more frequently.
In addition, In the coming years the country is planning to continue building large hydro-electric dams (11 of them in total thus far), requiring resettlement of thousands of people and the inundation of biodiversity hotposts. As Laos struggles with development, and neighbouring countries eye it for the effects on their own lands, we wanted to share some photos from above Luang Prabang, 6-hours north in Nong Kiow and Muang Ngoi. You can access these towns via local bus and boat from Luang Prabang.