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  •  Just wait for China! (3+ / 0-)

    In Xishuangbanna China, you can see what will soon happen to Laos.  There, many of the ethnic locals have been moved into an "amusement park", where they play water festival daily and try and sell you t-shirts.

    The huge Kunming-to-Bangkok highway is getting closer to completion, ensuring masses of Chinese trucks driving through rural Laos.

    Laos is one of my favorite countries... but not for long.  China will flood it with its tourists, its ideas of progress, and all that is unique and beautiful about that country will be lost.

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