Here is something dirty but most of people can't get enough of... MONEY!
Gerhard's Lao trip gives him the first hand experience of having too much money. As of 1/29/09, 1 USD is worth about 8500 Kip! Here is a link to how the Lao currency/ banknote looks like. http://www.banknotes.com/la37.htm
Another trivia. What's the least valued currency in the world? Click the link for answer. It takes 40,000,000,000,000 "dollar" to exchange 1 US dollar!