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Re: Poll: Which Southeast Asian country is the most impoverished?
Reply #15 - 23rd Apr, 2015 at 3:49am
 
Again admin that is not true.

There is a huge market in Laos, Thailand and Myanmar for trekkers and tourists who want to see "original village and tribal life."

Guides take tourists hiking into "traditional villages" where they can see undisturbed local ways of life that are impossible to find in places like England and America where these tourists come from.

It is especially big in Luang Namta with the Akha tribe and western tourists.

To peterpan: My point of view on this is that education sure is important and as the years go by it is getting harder and harder to live without education. If you don't have it you will basically be a slave. The people I'm talking about are subsistence farmers and they are too naive to deal with the outside world. When they get exposed to that subpar education they immediately implode and they will sell outfor a buck due to their naivete.

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Re: Poll: Which Southeast Asian country is the most impoverished?
Reply #16 - 11th May, 2015 at 2:18pm
 
Admin Saovaluck wrote on 22nd Apr, 2015 at 10:33am:
I'm not from the rural area so I don't see people working the fields. From my understanding, the fields in Thailand are much bigger to feed their growing population, and to sell internationally, so they need more resources like a tractor to help do the job.

Thais are snobs, especially those in the city. Using Facebook or not going out in the sun has got nothing to do with it, it's their personality that bothers many Laotians.

There are more tourists enjoying themselves in cities like Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng, than those roaming out to rural areas to see poor people. Tourists don't care if the locals are rich or poor, it's all about the entertainment and the sightseeing.

Most people travel to Laos for sightseeing which includes visiting beautiful rural areas and touring Luang Prabang for a few days. The beautiful scenery and historically laidback Lao people are what attract tourists to the country. The forests are starting to disappear and locals in tourist areas are increasingly becoming more unfriendly and jaded. Overall, the number of tourists who travel to Laos is dependent upon those who travel to Thailand. There is a correlation because Bangkok is the hub of the region and most people visit Laos only after stopping over in Thailand for awhile.

The prices in Thailand have been rising by the day and more and more are losing interest and choose to travel to other destinations. There has been an increase in Chinese and Russian tourists and the Chinese will frankly ruin wherever they visit because many Chinese litter and they are generally stingy travelers.

The growth rate for tourism in Thailand will probably reach its peak soon and plummet quickly. THere is also a huge real estate bubble in the PRC, which when it bursts, will have profound implications for Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam. By extension, Lao will also have problems.

Once Laos loses its resources and once it loses scenery, it will also lose its primary ways of making money and the economy will start to unfold.
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Reply #17 - 11th May, 2015 at 2:24pm
 
Also only a few people benefit from tourists visiting Vang Vieng and Vientiane. Tourists are not really beneficial to the average Vientiane resident and if anything drive up already expensive prices due to increased demmand and limited resources and infrastructure to supply that demand.

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Re: Poll: Which Southeast Asian country is the most impoverished?
Reply #18 - 4th Jun, 2015 at 2:24am
 
What can we Westerners do to help increase poverty in Southeast Asia and alleviate the problem of economic development among locals and also eliminate aspirations to become more than peasants?

We must hold a seminar at the ASEAN headquarters for further discussion.
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