Laos – Part 4 The Rugged Road to Vilabouli

On the rugged road to Vilabouli (Vilaburi), left to right: Producer Denise Blazek from Perth, Australia; Soundman Martin Geissmann from Bangkok, Thailand; a Laotian guide; Soukhasavanh Sanaphay, Vientiane Ministry of Foreign Affairs Press Department; Reporter Linda Moulton Howe; Associate Producer Jax Hayes, Bang Productions Ltd., Hong Kong. Photograph by Videographer Brad Dillon from Hong Kong.
On the rugged road to Vilabouli (Vilaburi), left to right: Producer Denise Blazek from Perth, Australia; Soundman Martin Geissmann from Bangkok, Thailand; a Laotian guide; Soukhasavanh Sanaphay, Vientiane Ministry of Foreign Affairs Press Department; Reporter Linda Moulton Howe; Associate Producer Jax Hayes, Bang Productions Ltd., Hong Kong. Photograph by Videographer Brad Dillon from Hong Kong.

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July 12, 2001  Xepon, Laos – On June 29, the Bang Productions Ltd. crew, Phoudai Travel representatives, Mr. Soukhasavanh Sanaphay of the Vientiane Ministry of Foreign Affairs Press Department and I got into an old Soviet military truck in Xepon, Laos to follow the trail of “wildmen” sightings.

June 29, 2001 on rugged Route 9 from Xepon to Vilabouli, Laos. Photograph by Linda Moulton Howe.
June 29, 2001 on rugged Route 9 from Xepon to Vilabouli, Laos. Photograph by Linda Moulton Howe.
Videographer Brad Dillon, Soukhasavanh Sanaphay and Phoudoi Travel representatives assessing river height. Could we cross? Photograph by Linda Moulton Howe.
Videographer Brad Dillon, Soukhasavanh Sanaphay and Phoudoi Travel representatives assessing river height. Could we cross? Photograph by Linda Moulton Howe.
The wild, remote country en route to Vilabouli, Laos. Photograph by Videographer Brad Dillon.
The wild, remote country en route to Vilabouli, Laos. Photograph by Videographer Brad Dillon.

Could we cross rivers in the rainy season? Would we find hard evidence of an unknown creature that haunts the remote jungles in the region of Vilabouli (Vilaburi) not far from the Ho Chi Minh trail and Vietnam border?

To see that adventure unfold and others in the Bang Productions Ltd series, Modern Mysteries of Asia, watch for The Discovery Channel listings.

Archive Note: The series was broadcast late 2001 in Asia, Australia, China and New Zealand. The September 11, 2001 horror in the U. S. interrupted all broadcast schedules. As of July 2002, the series had not aired yet in North America.



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