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Laos' Highway 3 to be paved
But I'm not as excited as perhaps I should be. My experience riding along that windy, dirty orange road is one I recount often when I'm talking about my travels. Standing around pathetic green-twig fires and sleeping overnight in the jungle because the bus was stuck in the mud is the type of traveling authenticity you can't cultivate or buy on a tour.
Is it selfish of me to wish that some roads could remain unpaved, and that some travel remains slow? Probably. But I guess I have to suck it up and be happy for people whose ways of living will arguable improve.