The first Laos kids we met were in the village of Pakbang, where we spent the night during our two day trip down the Mekong River. As we walked down the street (the only street), a group of kids playing soccer kicked the ball to me. Later on, another group of kids followed us for about 200 meters. They sang the ABC song and counted from 1-20.
The next day, when we stopped at Pak Ou Caves just upriver of Luang Prabang, there were kids selling birds in cages. Pay the kid a dollar and they set the bird free...and then capture it again to sell to the next dumb tourist.
David was the only one to set a bird free. I took picutures of the kids and then gave them some money. I gave the four kids together in the picture below one dollar after taking their picture, then I motioned for them to release their birds.
They just laughed at me, especially the cute older girl in the back.
Cheeky little bastards.
Yesterday we ran into a few kids as well. During the drive to the waterfall, almost every kid we passed waved to us.
Then later in the afternoon when we were walking through town we came across some kids playing double dutch with a jump rope made out of rubber bands tied together. They greeted us as we walked by...and I even tried my hand at double dutch.