Rapid urbanisation has transformed Laos from a backwater to a regional hub.
CIA involvement in Laos redefined it, taking it from from occasional assassinations to large-scale paramilitary actions.
The Akha once maintained a large degree of political autonomy from lowland centres – a condition of statelessness.
Because time is a loose concept in Laos, sometimes an hour or two of dinner would pass before any stories recommenced.
One sport has played a surprising role in defining Laos and the Lao. Tikhi survived independence in 1954 and regime change in 1975.