On a recent school holiday I had the opportunity to travel to Laos. Laos is a landlocked mountainous country about a 3 hour flight North of Malaysia. From my travels on school holidays this past year Laos has been my absolute favorite. We arrived in Luang Prabang an ancient capital with a delicate mix of buddhist temples, french colonial architecture, and royal palaces. The whole city sits on a peninsula at the confluence of the mighty Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers. The city has nearly 33 Wats (temples) intertwined amongst the webbing neighborhood streets.
Restaurants spread along the shore looking out towards the Mekong slowly floating by.
View from atop Mount Phousi in the center of the old town.
Intricate architecture at the site of the Royal Palace in Luang Prabang. We took a day trip out to the blue waters of Kuang Si Waterfall.
A Laotian Khao Jee sandwich, similar to Vietnam's Bahn Mi!
We woke up at dawn for the Alms giving ceremony, where 200+ Buddhist Monks collect their only meal for the day consisting of donated rice from locals. A beautiful and humbling daily ceremony.
Visited the Unexploded Ordnance Centre, run by an NGO that provides education to rural communities in Laos about the dangers of UXOs. Laos was the most heavily bombed country per capita in the world, and many of the bombs remain unexploded. At least one person per day is still injured, this NGO seeks to deactivate these bombs and make the forests and rural farm areas safe for Laotians.
Traveled four hours south to Vang Vieng, a picturesque valley surrounded by rising limestone hills and caves.
Learned to cook with bamboo, and it was delicious!