Land of a Thousand Elephants, and even more monks and temples.

Photo Slideshow: Laos

Laos was one of the first places I visited after I moved out of the States, and that almost certainly colored my perception of the places. I had a good time and went some cool places, but it would be interesting to see with what eyes I would understand the country if I were to … Continue reading »

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Vientiane in Photos

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Unlike Pakse, the town of Savannakhet left me with far less guilt on my conscience.  From my view, it was all about temples and monks and lots of color. And of course sunset over the Mekong, looking into Thailand.

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Tired of spending day after day on busses, after leaving Champasak I decided that I needed a few days of walking.  The first of these was in Pakse, a regional center on the Mekong River. The part of the city that sticks out the most in my mind is the provincial museum. Like most areas … Continue reading »

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Wat Phu

Not wanting to stick with the crew I had been traveling with in Luang Prabang, I decided to skip past the popular stop of Vang Vieng and headed as far South in Laos as I could. Wat Phu, near the city of Champasak, is an old Khmer temple built on the side of a mountain … Continue reading »

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Luang Prabang

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Villages of Luang Nam Tha

In addition to random nature scenes, the area around Luang Nam Tha is also littered with small villages.  Many of these are home to distinct minorities with their own customs, costumes, and cultures.  Many are also relatively poor, living at subsistence level on the rice they grow and animals they raise.

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Laotian Countryside

One of the main draws of going to Laos, for me, was the ability to explore the countryside a bit and continue the nature experience I had left in the Chinese rain-forest of Xishuangbanna.  Of anywhere I found in Laos, Luang Nam Tha was the area most equipped to deal with this.

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