The weekend is here! Let’s jump for joy! Tad Lo, Laos; Southeast Asia

The weekend is here! Let’s jump for joy! Tad Lo, Laos; Southeast Asia

The weekend is here! Let’s jump for joy! Tad Lo, Laos; Southeast Asia

If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it. - Herodotus

Tad Lo is a located off the beaten path in an area of Southern Laos called the Bolavan Plateau. The region is know for their spectacular waterfalls, coffee and various ethnic minority tribes. This was by far the highlight of my motorbiking adventure in Laos.

For about 80,000 Laotian New Kip (about $10 USD) I stayed in a bungalow, just steps from the Tad Hang Waterfall in the middle of the forest with nobody around me but wildlife, the soothing sounds of the waterfall and tons of mosquitoes.

One afternoon some of the local boys were diving off some dangerous looking cliffs. By the time I got to the water’s edge they were done and I missed my chance to photograph them. I asked them to jump off the cliff again and they motioned they would only go if I jumped too! I kindly declined and I persuaded them to jump off this rock.

Afterwards, I had an impromptu photo sharing party as all the boys gathered around my camera LCD to see the results. They all laughed and screamed with excitement. The boy you see in the photograph asked me something in Laotian that I couldn’t understand. Fortunately, there was a local Lao couple nearby who spoke some English. I asked them what he was saying and they replied, “He wants to know how you put him in that black box.”

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