Our last motorbike adventure ended up being a week long trip to the east. It turned into a much-needed history lesson on the devastations of the Secret War. We visited the Viengxay caves close to the Vietnamese border that was vital for the survival of the Laos people when the bombs hit during that Vietnam War. Communism is very prevalent in this area and the communist and Laos flag fly together. In the mornings and evenings the loudspeakers come on encouraging the communist values and lifestyle.
As usual the highlights of this trip included the moments in between the tourist attractions. One of my favourite memories happened after we stopped to buy a scarf from a woman at a small weaving village. She gestured to the fields and then back to the indigo dye they were using on the silk indicating the natural dyeing techniques. As we rode away I was wondering if the brighter magenta in my scarf could possibly be from natural dyes. A kilometre later a few kids caught my eye because they were climbing in trees with long-handled bug nets. They jumped down eager to check out the foreigners and proudly dumped out iridescent bugs from a glass jar. I pointed between my scarf and his bugs and he nodded enthusiastically.