Pakse: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow.
Above Photo: Me Getting a haircut in Pakse before heading into the jungle on a trip to the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
In my novel BACK, a group of British and US backpackers arrive in Pakse in southern Laos, before their ill-fated trip into the jungle. They’re heading to the Ho Chi Minh Trail to look for something left behind from the Vietnam War.
In Pakse, they buy provisions before setting off, and that’s exactly what we did on this trip following in their footsteps, and knowing there is little in the way of provisions as you head to the small towns near the tri-border jungle in the south of Laos.
That also explains why I thought Pakse might be the best place to receive a haircut, in this modest wooden barber’s shop on Pakse’s backstreets.
It was cheap too, although the place looked like it hadn’t been altered (or cleaned) since the Vietnam War.
Next we’re heading down to Attapeu, retracing the steps of the backpackers in my novel, before going into the tri-border jungle to the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
See the trailer for our new film, M.I.A. A Greater Evil. Set in the jungles of Laos and Vietnam, the film deals with the possible fate of US servicemen left behind after the US pulled out of the Vietnam War.
For POWs left behind in Laos, see also:
© Peter Alan Lloyd
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