Making a Living

One thing I noticed about Laos is that you can make a living doing various things, and age or gender is not a factor at all.  Here we’ve a young girl selling Lotus seeds at a bus stop.

selling Lotus seeds

Lotus seeds

Also at a bus stop, an elderly Vietnamese lady selling noodle dishes.

selling noodle dishes

Selling noodle dishes

Eagerly awaiting customers.

young customers

This is a Vietnamese man working on the road construction in Paksan.

road construction

One of my favorites, fruit cart vendor.

fruit cart vendor

A Paksan welder, it scares me to look at him working, no safety equipment whatsoever.


A local weaver making ethnic handmade cloth.

local weaver

A local weaver


My cousin bought me one as a gift.


I feel for this lady, it looks very heavy.

selling Lao crafts

And lastly, bananas anyone?

selling at the local market

I think she is laughing at me, 🙂  still puzzled why, I thought I look normal.

selling vegetables at the local market


  1. lady0fdarkness, life is full of struggle no matter where you are, but we all are thankful that we still have our friends and family in time such as this, and I think that Lao people are always smiling because of their warmth community, a land of smile one might say.

    The little girl does look like your daughter. 🙂

  2. You’ve captured some great shots here. It should be part of a photo book, “A Day in the Life of Laos”.

    I enjoyed all the photos, especially the young girl with lotus seed.

  3. Salat, I’ve a clearer picture of the girl, but didn’t post, and I’m not sure why, thinking back now, I should have bought the Lotus seeds. I remembered it tastes good when I was little, but back then I just go to the pond and picked out the seeds.

  4. Great site. I stumbled upon it from google-ing ‘laotian weddings’.Anywho, I enjoy reading your blogs, its very entertaining and at the same time very informative. Is your family from Paksan bc in your blogs you mention that part of the county alot…just wondering bc my family is from there.its a small world.

  5. Hi Audrey, same name as my friend Audrey that commented earlier. 🙂

    My family was from Pakse area, but my aunt is married to a Paksan man, so her family is there, and she has 9 children. We stayed with her for over a week, and it’s nice there, I like the country side of Laos.

  6. Hey Ginger, I’m sure we’re somehow cousins along the line. hehe It’s so nice to hear someone is familar with Paksan bc when I tell people that’s where my mom is from they say “do you mean Pakse?” And majority of Paksan folks are Catholic and my friends are totally wowed by the fact that there are laotian Catholics hahaha they must of skipped out on the french-laos history hehe jk.

    Anywho, keep up the great blog!

  7. Audrey, you never know, you might be my cousin from my uncle-in law side of the family. It’s kind of strange how people pick up accent, all my cousins have a Paksan accent, except for one that can speak some Pakse accent, but I think he only does it to tease us. I’m glad you enjoy the photos, and thanks for your visit. 🙂

  8. It is insulting for other Laotians to make fun of other Laotians accents. (It sort of implying their accent is better/should be the dominance one. That is the insulting part)

  9. Dallas, I guess I’ve a very strong Tai Tai accent, but I didn’t feel insult by it. It’s kind of odd that we all have different accents, even people in Southern Laos have slight variations of accent that I noticed.

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