In August-September of 2012 Vasyl Tkach, Jefferson Vaughan and I went to Laos to collect digeneans as a part of a project on Neorickettsia funded by the NIH (funded to Vasyl and Jeff). In Vientiane, Laos we were hosted by the diagnostics laboratory built by the Oxford University. Dr. Paul Newton and Dr. Sabine Dittrich provided us with the space and all necessary facilities in the lab. Moreover, both Sabine and Paul have generously allowed us to explore the water bodies in their backyards (a lotos pond and the Mekong River shore) for snails. We had very successful market and field collecting time during our visit. We collected and examined a large number of snails for cercariae and fish for metacercariae.