136 Laos and Thailand

Phil talks about his travel in Southeast Asia, particulary Laos and Thailand.


Todd: So you went to Thailand, right?

Phil: Yep, I spent some time in Thailand. Unfortunately I didn't see very much of it. I saw Bangkok and Ko Samet.

Todd: Oh, OK. Those are, Ko Samet is a nice place.

Phil: Ko Samet is really nice. Good swimming.

Todd: Did you go to any countries around Thailand?

Phil: Yeah, we spent 2 weeks in Lao and I really, really enjoyed Lao. Lao is a very poor country. There's not much industry, a lot of it's still mining, fishing, on the Mekong you still see women panning for gold, but my favorite place in Lao is a place called Luang Prabang, and it's, we really didn't do very much. There's lots of things to do. You can go to caves. You can take inner tubes and go down the river, basically we just ate. The food is really good, a lot of French cuisine, the Lao cuisine is good as well, but we just hung around, read books, and enjoyed our days because it was really, really hot, and really, really dry. This was in February.

Todd: Actually, I've been to Luang Prabang and I remember joggin along the river and, just right outside the city and we would jog for miles and miles, on this little trail. It was just beautiful.

Phil: Yeah. Yeah, it's nice. I really like Luang Prabang. We went to Vietienne as well. It's not so much, it's not as cultural as say Luang Prabang is, but a lot of people like to go there to relax, hang out. That's where a lot of people take the tubes and go down the river so, but once again it was so hot we didn't really do any of that either.

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There's not much industry in Laos.

"Industry" is trade or business activity.  Business activity can be the production or manufacture of items.  Notice the following:

  1. Because there is no real industry here a lot of people are unemployed.
  2. Wine is a big industry in California.


We spent 2 weeks in Laos.

To "spend" 2 weeks in a place is to stay there for 2 weeks.  Notice the following:

  1. You spend a lot of time traveling for your job.
  2. How much time do you spend with your boyfriend?


The food is really good, a lot of French cuisine.

A "cuisine" is a style of cooking.  Basically there is a lot French food.  Notice the following:

  1. What is your favorite cuisine?
  2. Do you like Greek cuisine?

as well

Lao cuisine is good as well.

"As well" is similar to "too" and "also."  We use it to add additional agreeing information.  Notice the following:

  1. I didn't know you were studying Italian as well.
  2. My sister is coming with us as well.


We would jog for miles and miles on this little trail.

A "trail" is a path or a very small dirt road that is used for walking.  Trails are not wide enough to drive on.  Notice the following:

  1. On Sundays we go biking on the public trail.
  2. There is a trail that goes from my house to the river.


Answer the following questions about the interview.

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