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...]

Myanmar: Stupas, Temples Everywhere

The farthest politically-incorrect limb does insufficient justice to painful Khmer cultural events {{{shoot me now}}. The weeklong annual rowing olympics in Phnom Penh-- replete with the requisite influx of a squillion country folk-- triggered a panic resolve for escape. So to Myanmar I followed fellow expat Andreas, where brilliant bursts of flora across the mountainous terrain do the departed monsoon rains proud. Within driving span of a quick nap (by us, not the driver’s) one passes from rainforests and evergreen highlands to dry tropical plains. This picturesque diversity perks a spirit stunted by the unyielding uniformity of an arid Cambodian landscape.It was very cool on Inle Lake with its idyllic floating villages and farms, … [Read more...]