From the Window Seat: travel memories of 2018

From Window Seat

I have been dreaming of buying a drone for over a year now and was on the verge of buying one thrice this year at multiple international airports. I wanted to be a pro aerial shot taker. However, Indian (and many international destinations’) custom rules are yet blurred about drone photography and importing one. Hence, … Read more

16 Christmas Destinations in India with Unique Customs and Culture!

There are census reports capping Indian Christians community at a minuscule percentage of 2.3 %. And then there is an ancient nation with billion people laughing at that report and brings out faithful from every nook and corner of the Indian subcontinent, especially during Christmas! Indian Christmas is unique in homegrown traditions and customs, vividly … Read more

Rivers Around the World: 50 Fascinating Pictures

Zambezi river

Hoogly River and the famed Howrah Bridge, Kolkata I had to start the post with Ganga. Hoogly as the geography books would call her. The tributary of Ganges that nourishes West Bengal. Kashi Mitra burning ghat, Hoogly River, Kolkata A Hindu cremation ghat where rumors say Satidaha took place till late 60s.  Old Ghat by the … Read more

In picture: Colors of Naropa Festival: A Photoblog

Naropa Festival Photos

I love region specific festivals since they bring you closest to the people. Despite extreme geographic condition set amid a bleak mountain landscape, Ladakh’s population is a fun loving as well as colorful lot! Naropa festival is an initiative by Live to Love organization under the Drukpa lineage of Buddhism. Also referred to as the … Read more

Naropa Festival: Tracing Back Antiquity at the Kumbh mela of Himalaya at Hemis Monastery, Ladakh

The Naropa Festival at Ladakh, High Passes of Himalaya: Touching the Peaceful Soul of Ladakhi Culture A riot of colours splashed against the bleak mountains of highlands of Ladakh as the monks from Hemis monastery emerged from the fold of barren lifeless Ladakhi mountains. The relics dating back to antiquity, believed to be handed down to Naropa … Read more

Luang Prabang Timeless: 25 Beautiful Travel Photos

About this blog: 25 beautiful pictures from Luang Prabang and surrounding area that I loved. My attempt at photo journaling Luang Prabang travel memories!

Click here for more Travel blogs on Laos!

Mekong River Laos
Wooden fishing boats sleep at a fishing village by the banks of Mekong river. The ongoing project of building a dam on the Mekong in quest of hydropower threatens the fishing community at large.  Not to mention the the fate of endangered Irrawaddy dolphin.

Fishing villages at mekong River in Laos
If you give a Laos man a fish from the sea, he would not like it. He would say, “It does not smell of the earth!” River Mekong bears testimony!

When the water rises, the fish eat the ants; when the water falls, the ants eat the fish.

(A Laotian proverb)
Drone shot of Luang Prabang
One of the seven dragons that protect the ancient city Luang Prabang, according to the local legends, as seen from air!
Discarded bombs at Laos
Laos is one the most bombed countries in South East Asia during the American war on Vietnam! Remnants of a cluster bomb adorn the entrance of a cafe. Note the dates mentions: 1967-1977

Also read, a very emotional walk through the Saigon War Remnant Museum!

A lady sells plenty of greens (local produce and quintessential Laotian cuisine) at a local night market at Luang Prabang. 
This little man’s smile made my day!

Also read: Complete Guide to explore Nong Khiaw: a remote mountain paradise in the Northern Laos!

Another little man is busy making an enclosure for his kittens at one of the temple complex of Luang Prabang while his sister is busy watching a YouTube video!
One of the many gorgeous temples of Luang Prabang downtown. “Templed-out” is a word that Luang Prabang added to travellers’ lingo and there are good reason for the same!
temple at Luang Prabang at night market

Also read: 3 days in Luang Prabang: a suggested itinerary for the first time visitor!

Luang Prabang Buddhist Temple
Buddha and his teachings, as engraved on the wall of a temple wall at Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang is also known as the land of thousand elephants! 

Also read, Memories of a Melancholy named Luang Prabang!

No trip to Luang Prabang will ever be complete without a quick visit to the very famous Kuang Si Falls as a day trip!

There are many beautiful fishing spots across Laos. If you are an adventurous type of traveler, bring a good backpacking fishing pole and take advantage when you are there.

the most beautiful place in Luang Prabang
The multi tiered waterfall changes color from every angle!

Also read, Guide to UNESCO Famed Luang Prabang, Laos: Travel Tips and Best things to do for a Cultural traveler!

The highest plunge at Kuang Si waterfall

Also read, a guide to visit Kuang Si waterfalls from Laos!

Laos head gear and dress
A traditional Laos headgear. One of the most beautiful souvenirs from Luang Prabang!
Laos National Flower Dok Chompa
A traditional Laos food platter, sticky rice wrapped in banana leaves. Notice the Dok Chompa, national flower of  Laos used in decoration!
The finery of serving food!
A carp fish, grilled and served and supposed to be eaten with sticky rice. 

Also read: My grandma and a recipe of Pabda Mach inspired by hers!

Pork intestine, a typical Laotian delicacy along with many other Laos Street food
Silver ear rings on sell at the Lunag Prabang Night Market!
A Bell fruit tree at a Laos house garden!

Also read: 2 weeks in Myanmar, a complete guide!

The quintessential French feel as a remnant of the French Colonial days. At the Sofitel Luang Prabang, which used to be a French governor’s villa a few decades back!
(An honest review of Sofitel Luang Prabang: timeless luxury at the heart of Luang Prabang!)

Also read: Taj Madikeri, India’s only Rainforest Resort!

A flying bird as a home decor in front of a Laos household at
Luang Prabang!
Snake wine being sold at the Luang Prabang night market. Note many other insects are put into local liquor bottles too!

Also read: How to see the great migration at Masai Mara, Kenya!

Mekong river Luang Prabang
Mekong river embraces Luang Prabang!

In case you want to read a few books touch the nerve of this landlocked country from South East Asia, my recommendations are listed below:

  • One foot in Laos
  • Ant Egg Soup
  • Thirty Three Teeth

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