The house I stay in at Tong Wai - 30 Kms from Paksong - 13 Kms from Huay Gong - when I am in Laos.  

                                                                                                             

DORM

                   

 Low-cost acommodation                   

                                                                                                                         

 

The single guesthouse 

The double guesthouse 

 

 

 

I am in touch with a website : Retire cheap in Asia.com and for a long time wondered why they didn't mention Laos as a retirement destination – only Thailand and Cambodia – so I emailed them and they said  Laos is absolutely not recommended as a retirement destination  for various reasons ( some of which I have personal experience of ! ) The latest recommended destination is Vietnam - but I think Cambodia is the best option.

 

Green Tree Boa - This beautiful green snake is about a metre long and was seen on a tree branch overlooking the river 

 

 

 

 Big snake in a plastic sack ( Python ? )

This was for sale in the local shop ( 280,000 Kip ) it weighs 14 Kgs and the shopkeeper said it does not bite and is easy to handle (!)

but she made no attempt to wake it up and remove the bag so I could get a better photo !

 

 

 

 

 

This amazing spider keeps its legs together in pairs and does zig-zag webs

This bulky spider lives in the downstairs toilet - it's nearly as big as the housebrick !

This medium-sized spider was just outside the toilet

This spider has really long legs - for a few days there were hundreds of them outside the window (!) and then they all departed 

 Baby spider exo-skeleton - found in my room ! Don't know how many times they shed their skin, but they get much bigger than this. Scale is centimetres - not inches !

A BIG hairy moth came into the workshop

Here it is next to my hand to give an idea of its size

Another pretty moth

The biggest Moth I have ever seen - about 12" wingspan

It was in a difficult place to photograph

 

 A similar, although smaller, moth

Next to my hand to give an idea of its size

 

Dragonflies are common and hover over the lake

Green and blue butterfly

 

Orange butterfly seen in Pakse next to Mekong river

Striped butterfly on coffee beans - it keeps one set of wings folded on left side and has a big white spot on one wing only

Moth - a bit tatty

 

These bugs are quite heavy but have powerful wings and slam into lights outside at night - the Lao eat them !

A big bug

The caretaker holding the same big bug

I think this is a Mantis ?  - quite big - on kitchen door

Wasp nest