COMMENT | “Laos is like Malaysia in the 1980s” said a friend when I announced I was heading there for an eight-day backpacker’s trip.
Well you know what – once you get past the technological backwater element, maybe that’s not as bad as it sounds.
For Malaysia in the 1980s was a roaring tiger - definitely a more upwardly mobile, optimistic place to live in. Not to mention one that was relatively skyscraper and pollution-free.
I should explain that it’s a habit of mine to try and draw lessons for Malaysia from the countries I visit...