Discovering Laos 2018

The past 3 decades I had been to neighbouring countries over 70 times, but never made it to this land-locked nation. Time to go to discover Laos.
Luang Prabang  Kuang Si Waterfall is the biggest in the Luang Prabang area with three tiers leading to a 50-metre drop into spectacular azure pools before flowing downstream. December 2018 Luang Prabang  The Kuang Si Falls also have cascades of up to five metres high with deliciously cold water due to the shade given by the surrounding lush tropical jungle, if you don’t fancy a swim then you can relax in the shade and watch others having fun jumping in and out of the water. Luang Prabang - December 2018 Luang Prabang  The Kuang si Waterfalls make great swimming holes and are very popular with both tourists and locals. December 2018 Luang Prabang  Kuang Si is the biggest waterfall in the Luang Prabang region in Laos and an awesome day trip. December 2018
Luang Prabang  Pretty smiles of Laos - December 2018 Luang Prabang  Swinging in hammocks, playing with tires and generally frolicking in a wonderland made just for the them, the bears at the Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre have plenty to be happy about since they were all rescued from poachers looking to harvest their parts. December 2018 Luang Prabang  For a serious meal, head over to the end of the market (where Sisavangvong Road meets Settathilat Road) and you will find the Night Food Market as well as food vendors down the narrow lane just next to it. December 2018 Luang Prabang  Colourful ceramic bowls found at the nightmarket of Luang Prabang. December 2018
Luang Prabang  Wat Mai as seen from the Night Market in Luang Prabang. December 2018 Luang Prabang  The Night Market in Luang Prabang is a daily event that takes place between 17:00 and 23:00 beginning at Wat Mai and running along Sisavangvong Road to the town centre. December 2018 Luang Prabang  I love night markets in Asia. They are always full of tasty snacks and stalls with all sorts of souvenirs for sale. December 2018 Luang Prabang  Vat Xieng Thong temple is one of the most interesting examples of Buddhist art and architecture in Luang Prabang. December 2018
Luang Prabang  The UNESCO World Heritage City of Luang Prabang is the perfect place to see one of the most sacred Lao traditions, the Buddhist Alms Giving Ceremony. December 2018 Luang Prabang  Laotian couple. December 2018 Luang Prabang  The town of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, houses many historical temples. December 2018 Luang Prabang  Young monk at Vat Xieng Thong. Luang Prabang - December 2018
Luang Prabang  Luang Prabang - December 2018 Luang Prabang  Shades protecting the face of this monk at Wat Xieng Thong. December 2018 Luang Prabang  Planting rice at rural Laos. December 2018 Luang Prabang  As in most Asian countries; in Laos, rice is life. They eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so I made an effort to stop at countryside on my way to Nong Khieu and wander around a bit. December 2018
Luang Prabang  Luang Prabang - December 2018 Luang Prabang  The historic town of Luang Prabang contains French colonial architecture and more than 30 Buddhist temples, or wats, that welcome visitors and are home to monks and novices. December 2018 Luang Prabang  My final day at Laos, before I had to go to the airport, we made a stop to participate at a Laotian celebration where I was welcomed by the locals to taste Beer Lao. Who am I to refuse the invitation ? December 2018 LP-42  The ever smiling face of a new friend Loung Phonemany. December 2018
Luang Prabang  Having a beer with the locals before returning to the airport. December 2018 Luang Prabang  Night Market at Luang Prabang - December 2018 Mekong River  I'm a vivid enthousast of taking pictures from sunsets around the globe. Here, on the shores of the Mekong in Luang Prabang, I took dozens of images. Here's one example. December 2018 Nam Ou  The rivers are undoubtedly the most important veins to achieve transport of all kinds. December 2018
Nam Ou  The dramatic Nam Ou River provides access to the remote minority regions of northern Laos, using the small settlement of Nong Khiaw as a base. December 2018 Luang Prabang  Laotian beauty in Luang Prabang. December 2018 Nong Khiau  Having breakfast overlooking life at the foggy Nam Ou river. December 2018 Nong Khiau  Fisherman throwing his net on the Nam Ou river.
Nong Khiau  They seems to knew of my arrival at the small settlement along The Nam Ou as Beer Lao arrived right on time. December 2018 Nong Khiau  Proud mom and child at one of the small villages near the river. December 2018 Nong Khiau  The rivers are undoubtedly the most important veins to achieve transport of all kinds. December 2018 Nong Khiau  View from the local restaurant where I took lunch. December 2018
Nong Khiau  Traveling makes one thirsty. December 2018 Nong Khiau  Fisherman early morning at the River Ou. December 2018 Nong Khiau  If you are looking for one of the most beautiful regions in Laos, Nong Khiaw is the right place. The small, sleepy village lies on the banks of the Nam Ou. It is hard to call a village as it is no more than a few streets. December 2018 Pak Ou Caves  One of the most respected holy sites in Lao; Pak Ou Caves have a history dating back thousands of years. Packed with over 4,000 Buddha icons, the caves, a shrine to the river spirit and Lord Buddha, are set in a dramatic limestone cliff at the point where the Mekong joins the Nam Ou River. December 2018