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Images of Laos

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  • Laotian Novice [Muang Sing]

    Taken on a walk through some local villages, very close to the Laos border, this rather glum pose belies the very happy demeanour of this young man. He was very happy to have a chat in broken English (and far worse Lao!), and I think that he thought that a photo should be posed 'properly'.

  • Shop fronts on market day [Luang Prabang]

  • Preparing temple tributes for Pii Mai Lao [Luang Prabang, Louangphrabang Province]

  • New Year Banners [Luang Prabang, Louangphrabang Province]

  • Indigenous tribes children [Muang Sing, Luang Nam Tha]

  • Akha youths hand fishing [Muang Sing, Luang Nam Tha]

  • Akha girls collecting bamboo [Muang Sing, Luang Nam Tha]

    Taken on a four-day trek originating in Muang Sing - I don't recall the nearest actual village.

  • Hilltribe girls fishing [Muang Sing, Luang Nam Tha]

    This was taken on the first day of a four-day trek originating in Muang Sing. I can't for the life of me remember what the nearby village was or the tribe. All I can recall is that the village was heavily UN-sponsored, (perhaps this was the reason behind the general lack of willingness to communicate with us travellers), and that the village was close to the Mekong river NW of Muang Sing.

    Can someone get in contact and help me discover the name of the tribe? A tall order given the lack of traditional clothing worn by young girls generally in south-east Asian hilltribes. But maybe someone can help given the headscarves, the physical location and the UN-sponsored clue?

  • Merry-go-round [Luang Prabang, Louangphrabang Province]

  • Bamboo banners [Luang Prabang, Louangphrabang Province]

  • Little Miss contestant [Luang Prabang, Louangphrabang Province]

  • Fruit barrow [Luang Prabang, Louangphrabang Province]

    Fruit for sale on the street during Pii Mai Lao (Laos New Year): apples, guava, watermelon, mango and durian.

  • Pii Mai Lao [Luang Prabang, Louangphrabang Province]

  • School Bell [Unknown]

  • Tree of Life [Luang Prabang, Louangphrabang Province]

    The Tree of Life glass mosaic of a bodhi tree on Wat Xieng Thong.

  • Hilltribe girl [Muang Sing, Luang Nam Tha]

  • The Unusual Suspects [Luang Prabang, Louangphrabang Province]

    From my first moments in Laos, when I was offered some marijuana for sale by some young teenage Novices, I had had my doubts about the Buddhist monks in the country, but this portrait really sums up my suspicions that some monks are there as an easy 'out' of a prison sentence. Just look at those faces - some none too happy folk there!

  • Laotian novice monks [Luang Prabang, Louangphrabang Province]

  • Pii Mai Laos [Luang Prabang, Louangphrabang Province]

    Children having fun with water pistols during the Laos New Year.

  • French Colonial house [Luang Prabang, Louangphrabang Province]

  • Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham [Luang Prabang, Louangphrabang Province]

    This novice monk was finishing his term in Luang Prabang before returning home.

  • Street Dentist [Muang Xai]

    The town of Muang Xai has a large Chinese population. And they need their teeth fixed! Whether or not they use the services of the market dentist probably has more to do with their financial status than choice, though.

  • Temple Dragon at Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham [Luang Prabang, Louangphrabang Province]

    A temple guardian in the centre of Luang Prabang, Laos at Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham.

    These dragons are commonly found at the bottom of a stairway leading up to a temple entrance.

  • Little Miss Luang Prabang [Luang Prabang, Louangphrabang Province]

  • Wat Xieng Thong [Luang Prabang, Louangphrabang Province]

  • Morning Mist [Nong Khiaw (Green Pond)]

    The scenery that you pass as you navigate the rivers in Laos can be spectacularly beautiful. The limestone hills are often thick with forest, and in the early morning, the mist can look lovely.

  • Princess [Luang Prabang, Louangphrabang Province]

    The celebrations for Laos New Year (Pii Mai Laos) last for a week or more and include a beauty contest. There is also a contest for the junior entrants. I don't know who won, but this one of the juniors in 1999.

  • Flowers for Pii Mai Lao (New Year) [Luang Prabang, Louangphrabang Province]

    Laos New Year is a time when everyone goes to the temple to bless the Buddha images. These beautiful floral bouquets are for sale everywhere.

  • Wat Xieng Thong [Luang Prabang, Louangphrabang Province]

    OK, it was posed. But this girl was just a regular visitor to Wat Xieng Thong on the edge of town. Dressed up in her 'Sunday Best' and paying her respects at this most beautiful old temple, I asked if she would be kind enough to pose for me.

    I chose the situation, and asked her to 'nop' (the Laotian word for the greeting by bringing the hands together in a prayer-like fashion - known as 'wai' in Thailand). She very kindly obliged, and I rattled off a couple of shots before her boyfriend whisked her away!

  • Muang Sing [Muang Sing, Luang Nam Tha]

    The village of Muang Sing and the surrounding area in northern Laos has the highest concentration of minority tribal peoples in the world. It is mainly for this reason that people come to visit.

    When I was in the village (1999), there were no trekking agencies - and you didn't really need one - all the tribal groups live nearby and frequent the local market daily.

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