Last month I got my first peek of the south of Laos, visiting Pakse city and Paksong District, on the Bolavan Plateau. The air on the plateau was crisp and cool, even as Vientiane boils this time of year at 90+ degrees each day (and far more with humidity). It was just a quick two day excursion for a work project, but a nice glimpse into the friendly south. Here, I saw another bend of the Mekong as it curves down toward Cambodia. The streets seem wider, the traffic lighter, and the seafood more bountiful. The highlights of two days working here were tasting locally grown coffee, visiting Pakse’s most famous wat, and magnificent waterfalls, and taking in the smells and sights of the fresh fish market.