In July of 2015, representatives from WARECOD led a Thaibaan research group from Viet Nam on a study tour of Southern Laos to visit other village research groups. Here are some impressions from the individuals who were part of the trip.
After a 7-day trip to Laos to learn and share with Laotian fellows on Thaibaan research, I was impressed with many things. Some of them are:
Firstly, two project officers of WARECOD were leaders and interpreters during the trip. These two officers took good care of other members during the trip so we could understand the places we visited.
Secondly, when we arrived in Laos, local people welcomed us with their hospitality and sincerity. They enthusiastically shared with us how they did Thaibaan research. When we asked questions, they answered all of them in detail.
Especially when visiting the Khone Phapheng Falls where people’s main livelihood activity is fishing, we had a chance to witness the traditional fishing tool – the ly fishing trap. These traps have been used from many generations. They are made of woods, and are placed at waterfalls to catch fish. I could see the falls from upstream on the Mekong, bringing huge amount of sediment and fish to my hometown in the Mekong delta of Vietnam.
In general, the scenery was beautiful with fresh air and magnificent big falls – it was all amazing!
I am deeply grateful for this 7-day trip, during which time I learned useful knowledge and had a great time travelling in a neighboring country. I gained an understanding of how Thaibaan research is done in Laos. When I return to my village, I will share what I experienced with other members of my Thaibaan group and other villagers.
Written by Truong Van Khoi. Featured photo by Le Phuoc Thao.
Translated by Duong Thu Hang of WARECOD. This study tour was funded by Oxfam Australia in collaboration with the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems.