It was a village on the way from Luang Prabang to the beautiful Kuang Si waterfall. It is a bit disheartening to see how the village puts out the children to encourage the tourists to buy.
But the kids seem like they are mainly having fun and the truth is it is likely about the best way, right now, for them to bring in a bit of extra cash. It is far from perfect but I thought it was a nice stop and something that benefits the village more than it hurts it. Figuring out way to have local populations benefit from tourists is very important to raising standards of living in a sustainable way.
They had various handicrafts for sale and some food.
Related: Chomphet Hike, Luang Prabang, Laos – Mosaic Art at Wat Xieng Thong, Luang Prabang, Laos – Electrical Outlets on Tree Trunk in Luang Prabang – Jianshui Wet Market in Yunnan, China
In Indonesia I am asked to have my photo taken with people much more than anywhere else. This one is at a very small temple (Candi Sambisari) that I don’t think gets many tourists but I think these girls were just waiting (and enjoying talking with each other) to get there photo taken with tourists.
The girls asked the only other tourists there during my time there for photos also. I am wearing my Curious Cat t-shirt in the photo.
Related: Child in Action (too fast for the camera) – Me, with My Walking Stick, Fraser’s Hill, Malaysia – Getting An Early Start Traveling Around the World in Bangkok, Thailand
John Hunter, Fraser’s Hill, Malaysia – from a few years ago.
Georges Seurat’s painting Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte at Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. The inspiration for the musical, Sunday in the Park with George.
John Hunter on Huricane Ridge, Olympic National Park
Photo of John Hunter on the Hurricane Ridge trail in Olympic National Park, Washington, USA. A great hike.