Surprising Sight on the Mekong River
Above Photo: Hammer and sickle flying alongside the national flag of Thailand.
I’m spending a few days relaxing in Nong Khai, a place I always enjoy coming to. Life up here moves much more slowly, and I drop into a different daily rhythm to the one I live by at home.
No day is complete without a hot mid-morning walk (for me, that is – my wife won’t venture out in the sun at that time of day) along the banks of the Mekong River, where today I was surprised to see a hammer and sickle flag flying next to a Thai flag on a boat.
I don’t think I have ever seen this before in Thailand, in many years of living here, and it serves as a timely reminder of the deep political divisions that still remain in the countryside.
Seeing the hammer and sickle flying was another indication that the Vietnam War and the ideologies that provoked the conflict remains unfinished business in Asia, when, just across the Mekong, the Old Enemy of now-firmly Communist Laos remains just a short boat ride away.
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: