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 […]

The Pak Ou (Tam Ting) Caves

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The Pak Ou (Tam Ting) Caves Transcribed from signs around the Pak Ou (Tam Ting) caves: “History: The first us of the caves for religious purposes was at the time when the local population worshiped Phi, or the spirits of nature. It is said that the caves are associated with a river spirit. It is believed that the Lao […]

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 […]

Southeast Asia – 6 Months in the Making…

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Southeast Asia – 6 Months in the Making… As this posts, I am hopefully in a self-induced Ambien coma somewhere over the Pacific on my way to Phuket, Thailand. I had flown from Denver to Boston last Wednesday, spent a couple of days with my folks, and then hitched a ride with some friends down to […]

 
 
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