top10: Cultural Laos

Here we go; the last top10 from the beautiful country of Laos. These are the ten best photos I took while I was there. Picked because they are interesting, characteristic of the place, because they encapsulate a vivid memory, or just because they are beautiful shots.

This set is a change of pace from the last one; these are to showcase a bit of the culture of Laos.

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#10 – Monks
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Paying tribute to the buddha in Vientiene.

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#9 – Vientiene Temple
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I don’t remember which temple in Vientiene this was; there were a lot of beautiful examples. This one was particularly nice though.

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#8 – The Naga
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The traditional water spirits of northern Thailand and Laos, guarding a temple.

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#7 – Mending boats on the bank of the Mekong
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Or possibly even building one from scratch.

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#6 – Housing on the road to Vang Vieng
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This was taken from a window of the minibus from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng. One of the most picturesque bus journeys I’ve ever taken.

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#5 – The Vang Vieng skyline
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The view from the top floor of my hotel. It wasn’t the prettiest town, but it was a lot of fun, and the scenery around was spectacular. Those rocky mountain ridges surrounded the whole river valley.

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#4 – Luang Prabang temple
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This Buddhist temple is in the grounds of the Royal Palace Museum (formerly the Royal Palace, until the communists took over). Bonus tuk-tuk in the foreground.

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#3.1 & 3.2 – Tuk tuk journey
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Standard Laotian traffic, and sturdy bridges. Every journey out of the towns was an adventure.

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#2 – The Buddhas of Vientiene
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These lined a huge courtyard around a temple in Vientiene. Hundreds of them.

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#1 – Home sweet home
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IMG_3584A stunning location, but not many amenities; this photo sums up Laos beautifully.

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