Bus stop, Savannakhet

Vendors at a bus stop in Savannakhet, Laos Actually this photo could have been taken just about anywhere in Laos; it illustrates a typical scenario that unfolds upon pulling into any rural bus station here. Even before the bus comes to a complete stop, women frantically run to the bus waving sticks of grilled chicken, bags of sticky rice or mangoes, grilled eggs, buckets of drinks and tubes of nyaa dom (nasal inhalers). I don't tend to see too many purchases, but the number of vendors suggests it must be at least a somewhat profitable venture.