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Coffee Hour: Laos

Author:Author unknown, Issue: May 2000, Topic: Coffee hour

International Exchange Room Coffee Hour May 24

As part of its activities, the Tsukuba Information Center sponsors a bilingual discussion group the fourth Wednesday of every month from 2 to 4 pm, with invited guests giving a presentation from their area of expertise or experience. This month, we are pleased to have Mr. Marshall Hughes, from the U.S.A. He will not, however, be speaking about the U.S., but about Laos. Here is what he writes:

"People interested in Southeast Asia probably most often head to Thailand, with its friendly people and nice beaches, Singapore, with its small size and high-class standards, or Indonesia, with its slightly more exotic fare. For a less-traveled but maybe more rewarding trip, I'd suggest Laos, the landlocked country of less than five million people located between Thailand, Cambodia (another good choice), Myanmar and Vietnam. One of the charms of Laos is its lack of major tourist sites, allowing you to visit a still relatively untouched part of Indochina without the camera-toting hoards buzzing around like so many gnats. Laos won't cost you very much either. A day in Vientiane, the capital, can cost less that 2,000 yen for hotel, three meals and a bicycle rental, if you go with a budget hotel."

The Coffee Hour is meant to be an informal exchange of information and opinions. English and Japanese are both used with efforts made to make sure those who can't understand one or the other are able to at least get the gist of the conversation. Likewise, you don't need to commit yourself to the entire two hours and can come and go freely. So drop by, whether for a short time or for the entire two hours, and enjoy some free refreshments along with a stimulating discussion. Please let us here your opinions as well.

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