Laos: Luang Prabang

My final destination in Laos was Luang Prabang in the northern part of the country. The name of the town means “Royal Buddha Image.” This is because of many Buddhist temples and monasteries around.

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Very calm little side street.

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Local fruit market.

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And local spicy noodle soup.

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The Royal Palace.

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Another little street leading to the Mekong river.

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Accidentally stumbled upon at the UNESCO heritage zone (Heuanchanh Heritage House).

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Inside one can sit or lie down for a drink.

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Tried butterfly pea flower tea for the first time.

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Primary school: the age of eternity.

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The Nam Khan river which flows into the Mekong river.

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A bamboo pedestrian bridge across.

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Alms giving ceremony in the morning. This is an ancient Buddhist tradition. Unfortunately, there are TOO many tourists observing.

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The view of the town from above Mount Phousi.

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Wats get even more charming at night.

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About 30 km away from Luang Prabang is a natural gem – the Kuang Si Falls with three levels.

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The colour of the water is mesmerizing.

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For the brave ones there is natural food.

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At the origins of the Kuang Si Falls: life is an act of delicate balancing.

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Laos: Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng is a small touristic town in Central Laos. It is located at the Nam Song river, and is a major attraction for nature-lovers and adventure-seekers.

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Cruising through picturesque hills on the way to Vang Vieng.

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First glimpse of the Nam Song river.

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View in broad daylight: the river is very shallow.

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Fascinating Maylyn guest house.

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Exploring the neighborhood.

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Life in colours.

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Kayeng Nyui waterfall is away from trodden tourist paths. One can get there by riding a motorbike through the forest, along a deep mountain river valley, and across a local village.

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The waterfall.

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Very cute garbage bin in the area.

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The Elephant Cave: a stone inside resembles an elephant.

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A snake is guarding the Cave …

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while Buddha is chilling out :).

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Walking across the abyss. Literally.

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Z-plan is very popular here. Brings out lots of adrenaline!

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Lao food is simple and very tasty.

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Some more tourists in the guest house 🙂

 

 

Laos: Vientiane

Since a few years I have maintained a tradition to meet New Year in a different country. This is why I flew in Laos on the 31st of December, 2017.

Welcome to Vientiane, the capital of Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

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Vientiane is incredibly quiet and relaxing for a capital – even on the 1st of January.

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A morning walk starts with nice temple garden.

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The city abounds with serene Buddhist temples (wats). On the photo: Wat Inpeng – a very colourful temple with beautiful murals.

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The inside of the temple’s door.

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Next to the main building of the temple there are smaller sights.

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Including a little horse.

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Local transport – “Eye of the Tiger.”

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Xieng Nyeun Temple – one of the most important Buddhist monasteries.

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Laos used to be a French colony. The Patuxay war memorial is reminiscent of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

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View from above the Monunent onto the capital’s main avenue – Lane Xang.

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The former French presence can be still traced in the street names.

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Government’s Office.

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Pha That Luang – a large a gold-covered Buddhist stupa.

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Tradition and modernity: Buddha and 4G internet.

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Buddha’s feet.

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Lively atmosphere at the Mekong riverside at night.

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Time for local delights.

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People chilling out at the riverside. Mekong is central to the livelihoods of many Southeast Asian countries.