South East Asia diaries – Laos, Luang Prabang

I am officially back from another exciting adventure and I thought it would be nice to share some of my memories. My constant search for unusual gear didn’t stop… if anything my obsession got worse (much to the dismay of my poor boyfriend). There were the most fantastic markets that I have ever seen. They were an array of vibrant colours and hand made clothing, jewellery and textiles. Laos was one of my favorite places, both for the lifestyle and the shopping. We traveled into Laos by long boat from Thailand along the mighty Mekong river. These photo’s were taken in a place called Luang Prabang which was extremely beautiful. Within each region of South East Asia the local people specialise in slightly different creative techniques. In this region they seemed to concentrate on hand embroidery and beautiful hand made silver jewellery. There was a fantastic night market and all the shops that lined the street were also filled with similar sort of things. My boyfriend found the market frustrating because… well he has created some shopping rules; 1) He can only handle shopping when there are no other people around. 2) I am always on a strict time limit for each shop or stall. 3) I am not aloud to shop in sales with him. I think the years of shopping with me have gradually made him into a broken man. This market bought it’s own additions to the rules… He moaned constantly because he is quite tall, and Asian people are quite small, so their markets reflect this. Poor Steven hit his head all the way along the length of the whole market! So now we are only aloud to shop in places that cater for tall people! 

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My thrifting has gone global!

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I haven’t written anything in a long time because I have been preparing for a long trip around South East Asia. I was going to take a break from the blog and just continue to update my thrifty finds when I returned… But as it turns out I have been shopping just as much here as at home. I have been taking some beautiful photo’s along the way so I thought I would share them… and I know my Nan looks forward to seeing my compulsive purchasing.

I only get limited internet access so my Asia updates may be somewhat sporadic, better than nothing though?

I am currently in Thailand. It is beautiful here and there are hundreds of markets selling lots of unusual local craft, as well as the shabby knock off’s. I don’t know how you feel about ‘Crock’s’  yes the  weird looking non sandal, non shoe or trainer… Although they do serve a purpose; they protect your feet but keep them cool, without being ‘cool’. Saying that they are ‘all the rage’ here. They come in every shape and form. The shoe that I would not be seen dead in (even if they are functional) comes in the standard slip on (as we recognise it), as well as a shoe (this style reaches the ankle), a boot (past the ankle bone), ones with ears, lace up, the list goes on. This style is it’s own subculture!

Although I am not sure there is a huge market in the UK for ‘New age Crock’s’… We are a spoilt bunch, with our even ground that we so flippantly walk on!  But they look great all lined up military style! I’m getting a pair with cats ears…