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.
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)
One of the seven dragons that protect the ancient city Luang Prabang, according to the local legends, as seen from air!
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
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!
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!
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!
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!
The multi tiered waterfall changes color from every angle!
The highest plunge at Kuang Si waterfall
a guide to visit Kuang Si waterfalls from Laos!
A traditional Laos headgear
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.
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!
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!)
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!
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:
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