Thursday, February 10, 2011

Hmong village in rural Laos

We drove into the mountains outside of Luang Prabang, Laos to two villages in close proximity to each other. This is the Hmong village.

Traditional Laos dances

In Luang Prabang we were treated to a welcoming ceremony that included traditional Laos dances.

Morning market in Luang Prabang, Laos

We walked through the morning market in Luang Prabang, Laos, with a large assortment of meat, fish, poultry, fruits and vegetables.

Alms giving in Luang Prabang, Laos

We participated in alms giving in Luang Prabang, Laos, to the monks, at 6am. Hundreds of Buddhist monks parade slowly and single file through the streets collecting food offerings.

Mekong River, Laos

We took an excursion on the Mekong River in Laos. The scenery was beautiful and the lunch was good. We visited a river village and the PakOu Caves with hundreds of Buddha statues.

propeller plane in Laos

Yes, there are still planes with propellers. This one flew us from Vientiane, Laos, to Luang Prabang, Laos. Vientiane is the capital of Laos. Luang Prabang is the ancient, royal capital of Laos. It is located on a peninsula between the Mekong and Khan Rivers. The city is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so buses are not permitted in this small city. We took a bus part way from the airport, then transferred to a Tuk Tuk (from the sound they make when the engine starts). A Tuk Tuk is like a high-powered 3-wheeled motorcycle with covered seating for several people.

Great Sacred Stupa

In Vientiane, Laos, we visited the Great Sacred Stupa and saw this Buddha and monk.

Cooking class at a local Laos home

In Vientiane, Laos, we learned how to cook a Laos meal with sticky rice, pork, and vegetables.

Vientiane, Laos

We were in Vientiane, Laos, at the Patuxay Victory Gate Monument, when we saw several photographers with portable printers. They could take your picture with the Gate Monument in the background, then print it and sell it to you.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Cambodia - Banteay Srei Temple

Siem Reap, Cambodia, is also the site of the Banteay Srei Temple, built in AD 967. This temple is a tribute to the beauty of women. Detailed carvings are in sandstone.

Cambodia - Angkor Wat

Siem Reap, Cambodia, is the site of the Angkor Wat Temples, a holy city covering 96 square miles. This temple was built between AD 1113 and 1150.

Cambodia - floating village

We took a boat ride on a river near Tonle Sap Lake. Many people live in huts built on bamboo rafts. One hut had a floating pig pen. Numerous people in small boats gathered at the edge of a floating community center.

Cambodia - fishing with a net

We took a boat ride on a small stream. Many people were fishing using home-made nets with weights, so the net could be tossed in a circle and then sink to the bottom of the stream.

Cambodia - ox cart ride

In Cambodia we visited a farm and took an ox cart ride. Notice that the boy driving our cart is ten years old.