Day 53 Laos – Preserving the historical city at what cost? Spirituality in Luang Prabang

I stumbled on the giving of the alms on my first morning in Luang Prabang. I went for a walk at 5: 45 am and saw rows of seats lined up. I decided to watch not understanding the significance of the ceremony. I went to sit on a chair and a woman rushed towards me … Continue reading Day 53 Laos – Preserving the historical city at what cost? Spirituality in Luang Prabang

Day 49 & 50 Vang Vieng, Laos – “you are so very bravery”

Vang Vieng is nestled along the Nam Song river surrounded by serene cliffs which conflict with Vang Vieng’s party reputation. Just a few years ago most visitors were young backpackers. In 2011, 29 tourists died here and many were injured. Teenagers attracted by the lawlessness of the place and the cheap alcohol took risks that … Continue reading Day 49 & 50 Vang Vieng, Laos – “you are so very bravery”

Day 43 Pakse – Pii Mai ! Imagine a New Year celebration that goes for 4 nights and three days!

I arrived in Pakse just after lunch. Pakse sits at the convergence of the Mekong and the Se Don (Don River). My guidebook did not recommend lingering long so I had booked my next bus trip for the following morning. However, the town was alive with celebrations for the last day of the New Year … Continue reading Day 43 Pakse – Pii Mai ! Imagine a New Year celebration that goes for 4 nights and three days!