Laos at Night

Bun Awk Phansa (Full Moon), Luang Prabang The October Full Moon marks the end of the three-month rains. People release small banana-leaf boats decorated with candles, incense and small flowers at the rivers Mekong and Nam Khan. Paper lantern boats are constructed in the monasteries and paraded in a candlelight procession to the rivers. Royal Palace Museum, Luang Prabang Night market, Luang Prabang Pha That Luang, Vientiane That Dam Stupa, Vientiane Mortar round candle holder, Phonsavanh, Xhieng Khouang More photos from Xhieng Khouang in Northern Laos by Keith Kelly   Other posts on Laos: Laos: A gastronomic adventure Laos: Regional Getaway . … [Read more...]

Laos: Regional Getaway

Published in AsiaLIFE Phnom Penh, January 2008 More photos from Northern Laos by K Kelly Because the world has largely ignored this small country, its way of life, and religious and traditional structures have been preserved, creating an old-world charm. With an inviting reception all around, and life carrying on unhurriedly, Laos is sure to be a memorable destination. With growing interest in the unchartered northern provinces, especially the protected and just recently accessible areas of Luang Nam Tha and Phongsali, exploring a wider range of destinations is now possible through a responsive and well-coordinated tourism sector. Sleep in a tree-house with the gibbons and zipline to breakfast. Or go on a wildlife trek to sight any … [Read more...]