What I like about drawing my travel experiences, is that it allows me to picture things that are impossible to catch on photo.
Like when I arrived in Don Det, a popular island in the Mekong river in Southern Laos.
Don Det is a backpacker magnet. The backpackers outdo the local population by at least 7 times, and the island has turned into one long strip of fairly cheap, river overlooking bungalows, bars and restaurants.
“Happy” (meaning: containing weed) shakes, muffins, pizza’s or whatever are sold on every corner, and Beerlao is sold more than bottled water here.
While backpackers cycle or walk their way across the island, the locals lay around dazy in their hammock all day and seem not to care: all the travelers deliver good money after all. But do they really don’t give a shit about how turning into a traveler’s hot spot has instantly faded local Lao customs? I doubt it.