Children of the Mekong
Here is another group of pictures from my trip in Asia last august.
This group will be composed of photographs of children. Most of them are children from ethnic groups living in all kinds of small villages that you can find around the Mekong. For those unaware of it, the Mekong is one of the biggest river in East Asia. From its origin in the Tibetan Plateau it flows almost 4500km to the Pacific ocean, running through China’s Yunnan province, Burma (Myanmar), Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
Little guy from Bolaven Plateau
After crossing the border from Vietnam to Lao, we went to a town called Pakse. There we found a great guy that really helped us to find a trip to the Bolaven Plateau. We spend 2 days there, slept in a Tod Lao, a small town close to a wonderful waterfall and we took a little trip to visit some ethnic groups in the surroundings. The first thing that strike us is that the children are really autonomous. There you will find some child washing clothes or dishes, here they will drive each others around in lawn-tractor… This little guy was taking a shower with some fellows, all real young, but carrying their stuff around and pumping water on their own.
We felt a little bad and awkward watching those guys living. It seems voyeuristic in a way, but most people welcomed our presence and looked happy to make fun with and of us.
But I guess they are accustomed to tourist as they charged them with few dollars to walk trough the village. Good or bad, it was an experience to see this people living almost the same way as they did 50 years ago. I doubt it will last long….
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