Fun Sally, pronounced Phongsali, is not feeling the love. She possesses a disdain for me and every other bone-rattled traveller disgorged from the dusty mini-van arrivals terminal onto the chicken scratched road into town.
Mekong Boating Adventure Interview with Sam Bove | Vagabond TV Episode 1
Adventure is not dead, and Sam Bove is my living proof. It is rare that I meet another traveler who not only dreams up fantastic journeys, but actually does them. In the vein of Richard Halliburton, Bove seems to seek an understanding of the world through direct and close experience, and he is not hesitant to use unconventional means in this pursuit. Though only 21, he has already undertaken multiple adventures through the world, having ridden a bicycle from Oregon to Central America and back up to Florida, walked across Italy, sailed yachts through the Caribbean, built a boat by hand and sailed it down the Mekong River, and is currently planning to buy a horse and ride into the mountains of Chiapas.
Wild Mekong! Hundreds of New Species Found in Mekong Basin
Over 1,000 previously unknown species have been found in the Mekong basin in the past decade. In 2010 alone, scientist have found 100 plants, 28 reptiles, 25 fish, and seven amphibians that were previously unknown to science. The Mekong river and its surrounding watershed is one of the most bio-diverse regions on the globe. Though [...]
Impacts of the Xayaburi Dam on the Mekong River Interview
The Mekong River is currently under siege by a proposal for a major dam on the river’s main stream in northern Laos. Recently, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam agreed to put construction of the Xayaburi Dam on hold until an official impact assessment can be made of the potentially adverse environmental, social, economic, and food security effects of [...]
Xayaburi Dam is the Greatest Threat Facing the Mekong River
Construction of the Xayaburi Dam, the first of eleven dams planned for the Mekong River, was postponed on December 8th, as Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam concurred that more data is needed on the potentially adverse environmental and social impacts of the project. Many environmental and social groups working in the region applaud the decision, [...]
Photos From Laos
Travel photos are like maps, they are easy to dream into. I have been collecting and publishing travel photos for a long time. My wife Chaya and I try to publish 50 a day, and we hope that our daughter Petra will one day get one of those big plastic little kid digital cameras and [...]
The following links lead to photos from Laos. Ancient Buddha Caves in Laos Kuang Si Waterfall in Laos Water Buffalos Swimming Deforestation in Laos Tourist Attractions in Laos Girls Bathing in Laos Buddhist Monks and a Lonely Planet Guidebook Girls Dancing in Laos Dancing Girls in Laos Elephants in Laos Tigers in Laos Boats in [...]
Asia Travels with Stubbs, 2005
These are from my Asia travels with Stubbs in 2005. We had a real romantic notion of travelling to India from the sea. So we took off from Hong Kong and travelled accross southern China, Laos, Thailand, and then jumped a little into India. Stubbs is another Archaeologist vagabond who is just tramping through this [...]