1. Avatar James Morando
    March 8, 2017 @ 8:48 pm

    I recently started following your posts and though it time to give you some feedback. Most immediately, I liked most of this post, as I am much interested in Laos and appreciated hearing about Vientiane, and generally found it entertaining. Very funny discourse about going out for Burmese cuisine.

    At the same time I am really not interested in what I saw as a quite self absorbed discussion at the outset of the personal milestone of having been to 100 countries.

    Also think you should drop the consistent focus on the details about prostitution whether in Laos or even worse in your recent post on Bangkok. While you profess to be personally uninterested due to your girlfriend in Rome, the subject matter and details about the appearance and behavior of women in bars and prostitution seem to be discussed all too often and to a degree that I don’t buy as simply disinterested journalism. The sex industry in SE Asia is a sad story – my suggestion would be to either write about that or focus on other subjects.

    Also was much offended by this line: “Vientiane is as flat as a Lao teenager.” – even more so that it was published on International Women’s Day. Need to clean that up.


    • John Henderson John Henderson
      March 8, 2017 @ 11:42 pm

      Thanks for your constructive feedback, James. I didn’t want to come out as self absorbed which is why I didn’t dwell on my past much. I thought 100 countries, since I’m asked about it so often, was worth a couple of paragraphs. Then I got off it. I planned on not dwelling on it again. Prostitution is a steady theme in Southeast Asia, particularly for new visitors to Thailand. It’s what so many men go there for and I had to bring it up to show all the positives Thai women have achieved. I merely mentioned it in the Laos blog because prostitution isn’t an issue there, even though it’s right over the border.

      Thanks again,


  2. Avatar Un po' di pepe
    March 25, 2017 @ 5:20 pm

    Wow-your 100th country. That is impressive! Auguri! it got me thinking about my list and I counted 16 countries. I have a long way to go! Ciao, Cristina


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