• Along main street

    The sheets hanging in front of the stores shown here are used to provide some relief from the sun.

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  • Stores: main street

    In these images from 1969, the look of downtown Vientiane at least had not changed appreciably since Halpern's 1957 stay in Laos.

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  • Along main street

    The women in this image are from the Tai Dam ethnic group. This small commercial section of Luang Prabang is not only notable for its economic activity but as this slide makes clear it is also home to…

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  • Along main street

    As of 2005, this street is being redone with brick sidewalks and refurbished shop fronts using UNESCO funds. Its essential look, though, is the same as in 1957.

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  • Main street: cars

    The number of Mercedes on the streets in downtown Vientiane bespeaks the massive influx of aid money into the country, as well as the increasing class polarization.

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  • Along main street

    This is actually a view of one of the side streets just off the main street. The street dead ends at the Nam Khan River, just past the coconut palms at the end of the lane.

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  • Along secondary street

    This appears to be just off the main street of Luang Prabang. Note the temple gate on the right.

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  • Samlaw drivers

    The girl on the samlaw is using an umbrella for protection from the sun. This is done not only to protect oneself from the heat; Lao women do it to keep their skin from becoming darker. The temple in…

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