The Tak Bat Morning Alms

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The Tak Bat Morning Alms Luang Prabang, Laos The Tak Bat (morning Alms) ceremony is totally overrated. Yep. For the Tak Bat Morning Alms, each morning at sunrise, saffron-clad monks file out of their monasteries carrying large lidded bowls attached to a strap around their shoulders. With the oldest in front, they shuffle silently single file down the […]

The Monks of Luang Prabang

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The Monks of Luang Prabang Luang Prabang, Laos In Luang Prabang, the Theravada Buddhism culture is instantaneously discernible and adding to the town’s general harmony, there’s a certain level of spirituality to be found observing thousands of monks and novices go about their lives and perform their rituals amidst a thriving town. Around 2,100 monks […]

Tat Kuang Si Falls in Luang Prabang, Laos

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Tat Kuang Si Falls Luang Prabang, Laos The roller-coaster of a road to Tat Kuang Si Falls heads south of town through terraced rice fields before meeting up with the Mekong River and winding back up into the limestone hills. We putted past the farms and through the small dusty villages on our motorbikes, dodging some water buffalo […]

Royal Palace of Luang Prabang

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The Wats & Royal Palace of Luang Prabang Luang Prabang, Laos From my Luang Prabang Post: Adding to the town’s general harmony, there’s a certain level of spirituality to be found observing thousands of monks and novices go about their lives and perform their rituals amidst the growing modern world. All Lao boys are expected to […]

Luang Prabang in Pictures

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Luang Prabang in Pictures Before even getting to Luang Prabang, I think I had already made up my mind that I would love it. I hadn’t read one negative thing about the charming little town and for the most-part, everyone I had spoken to who had been there all told me it was hands-down their favorite […]

The Harmony of Luang Prabang

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The Harmony of Luang Prabang Luang Prabang, Laos Before even getting to Luang Prabang, I think I had already made up my mind that I would love it. I hadn’t read one negative thing about the charming little town and for the most-part, everyone I had spoken to who had been there all told me it […]

Boat from Nong Khiaw to Luang Prabang

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Slowboat from Nong Khiaw to Luang Prabang: Apparently toothpicks are a tool? Laos *UPDATE: Apparently there was a dam built and as of November 2013, this boat trip is no longer an option.* One of the reasons we had ended up on the Nagi of Mekong from Thailand into Laos was because we had read […]

Nong Khiaw (Muang Ngoi), Laos

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Nong Khiaw, Laos Nong Khiaw (Muang Ngoi), Laos was peaceful to say the least. Situated right along the banks of the Nam Ou River, it’s a dusty, sleepy market town engrossed in luscious green jungles with limestone mountains towering a thousand feet overhead. Other than the sheer beauty and the back-in-time authentic atmosphere, there didn’t seem to be much […]

Attack of the Huntsman

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Attack of the Huntsman Nong Khiaw, Laos Our private minibus was speeding through the dark on windy back-roads of Laos on our way to Nong Khiaw. For some reason, we hadn’t booked rooms in advance before getting to Nong Khiaw so in severely broken to non-existent English, our driver somehow got us to agree to staying at […]

Along-the Banks of the Mekong River – Day 2

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Along the Banks of the Mekong River – Day 2 The Mekong River, Laos It was a pretty gloomy morning in Pak Beng, as were all mornings along the Mekong River for us. The low hanging clouds were not helping our moral as we trudged down the piers and boarded back onto the Nagi of Mekong. We […]

Crossing into Laos – The Nagi of Mekong

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Crossing into Laos – The Nagi of Mekong The Mekong River, Laos I think the biggest internal conflict our group had in planning this trip was how we were getting from Thailand to Luang Prabang, Laos. We knew about the public ferries down the Mekong River, but it seemed like everyone’s review online essentially said, […]

 
 
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