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By Andrew Burke

Detect LaosWeave your personal direction in the course of the temple-lined streets of worldwide Heritage-listed Luang Prabang.Find out why Katang villagers sleep with their heads pointed in the direction of an out of doors wall.Explore the traditional Khmer's 'imitation of heaven' at mystical Wat Phu Champasak.Join locals for a riverside Beerlao because the sunlight units over the Mekong in Vientiane.In This Guide:Three authors, 1472 hours of on-the-road examine, sixty one mapsOur advisor is devoted to delivering tourists with environmentally and culturally conscious shuttle adviceVisit for up to the moment experiences, updates and visitor insights

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Staple ingredients include locally raised phák (vegetables), pąa (fish), kai (chicken), pét (duck), mǔu (pork) and sìin ngúa (beef) or sìin khwái (water buffalo). Because of Laos’s distance from the sea, freshwater fish is more common than saltwater fish or shellfish. When meats are used, Lao cooks prefer to emphasise savoury tones imparted by grilling, roasting or mixing with cooked ingredients that are inherently savoury, such as roasted rice. To salt the food, various fermented fish concoctions are used, most commonly nâm pąa, which is a thin sauce of fermented anchovies, and pąa dàek, a coarser, native Lao preparation that includes chunks of fermented freshwater fish, rice husks and rice ‘dust’.

64 E N V I R O N M E N T • • W i l d l i fe Marco Polo was probably the first European to cross the Mekong, in the 13th century, and was followed by a group of Portuguese emissaries in the 16th century. Dutch merchant Gerrit van Wuysthoff arrived by boat in the 17th century. In 1893 the French and Siamese signed the Treaty of Bangkok, designating the Mekong as the border between Siam and French Indochina. The Mekong: Turbulent Past, Uncertain Future (2000), by Milton Osborne, is a fascinating cultural history of the Mekong that spans 2000 years of exploration, mapping and war.

The question is, does Laos – and the companies looking to cash in on the resource – have the latter? Habitat Loss Deforestation is another major environmental issue in Laos. Although the official export of timber is tightly controlled, no-one really knows how much teak and other hardwoods are being smuggled into Vietnam, Thailand and especially China. The policy in northern Laos has been to allow the Chinese to take as much timber as they want in return for building roads. The Lao army is still removing huge chunks of forest in Khammuan 71 Several non-government organisations are working in Laos to help preserve, promote and protect the environment.

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