Thursday, February 21, 2008

Laos - A lot of tourists

Chinese New Year has come and gone. There are still a lot of tourists in Laos. In Luang Prabrang, a UNESCO World Heritage site, arguably one of the best preserved historic cities in SE Asia, tourists easily outnumber locals. During the morning alms collection, there are more tourists photographing than monks with alms bowls. I know we are subtracting from the experience by being there ourselves. LP has long been on my list of places to be. It is a little underwhelming, but I could not say that I am disappointed.

Monks receiving alms.
Luang Prabang, Laos

Now we have gone up the Nam Oo, a tributary of the Mekong, to a tiny village called Nong Khiaw. Again tourists almost outnumber locals here. It is easy to see why people are attracted to this place, the scenery is awesome.

Nong Khiaw: Our bungalow on the far right.
View from Bridge - Nong Khiaw, Laos

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