Noklian euphonemism

Showing off the new mobile phone with integrated video playback on a bus from Luang Nam Tha to Huay Xai, Laos

Showing off the new mobile phone with integrated video playback on a bus from Luang Nam Tha to Huay Xai, Laos

 

Early morning bus ride to a provincial capital. Grab my sandwich and coffee, as well as three plastic bags with other food. Get on the bus and sit comfortably in a soft chair. Take out my brand new mobile phone and show off a little bit. Just so that those neighbours know that I'm no fool and my husband earns good money.  READ MORE »

Pray or shoot, we still smile cute

Soldiers and girls, agriculture and dams. Poster in Luang Nam Tha, Laos

Soldiers and girls, agriculture and dams. Poster in Luang Nam Tha, Laos

 

Visuals are powerful.

I do not understand the Lao script, therefore I try to decode the picture:  READ MORE »

Muddy waters of Nong Khiaw

Fishing boat on the muddy waters of Nam Ou river in town of Nong Khiaw, Laos

Fishing boat on the muddy waters of Nam Ou river in town of Nong Khiaw, Laos

 

Standing on a bridge in Nong Khiaw town, we were appreciating the view of the sun setting behind distant mountains and reflecting in the muddy waters of Nam Ou river. A local fisherman passed below us, returning from his fishing trip, as he and his people were probably doing for hundreds of years before.  READ MORE »

What's lao-lao to the people of Laos?

Making a bamboo tray for rice in Phu Lao, Laos

Making a bamboo tray for rice in Phu Lao, Laos

 

A man from the minority tribe in Phu Lao, Northern Laos, making a rice pad from young bamboo tree. The hands worked fast, and the creation was born already after five minutes of conversation about Lao-Lao. Which is a typical Lao moonshine made of rice and sipped through long straws put into clay pot.
What else could men talk about?  READ MORE »

Living in obscurity

Plain of jars near Phonsavan, Laos

Plain of jars near Phonsavan, Laos

 

These mysterious stone jars, some of them weighing over 2 tons, sit peacefully in a beautiful valley near Phonsavan in Laos. The historians and scientists still do not have answers to what it exactly is, why were they placed here and who did this.  READ MORE »

Long and cold, lonesome and rainy

Long way home. Street at night in Luang Prabang, Laos

Long way home. Street at night in Luang Prabang, Laos

 

Rushing back to my hotel through rainy, cold and dark street of Luang prabang, I noticed a lone pedestrian, walking slowly.  READ MORE »

Vendor's activity just before the market starts

Production of  handmade postcards in Luang Prabang, Laos

Production of handmade postcards in Luang Prabang, Laos

 

Few hours before going to the night market, a local girl is drawing a picture of three monks under the umbrellas, on a handmade saa mulberry paper.  READ MORE »

Stronger together

A couple walking through heavy rain in Luang Prabang, Laos.

A couple walking through heavy rain in Luang Prabang, Laos.

 

Do you notice any strain in their captured movement? Any sign of discomfort? Unhappiness because of heavy rain and spoiled sightseeing of the day?

Neither do I.  READ MORE »

Asian Madonna

Pregnant woman working as a vendor in the night market of Luang Prabang, Laos

Pregnant woman working as a vendor in the night market of Luang Prabang, Laos

 

Madonna of Asia. We saw her in Luang Prabang, central Laos. A real beauty shines, even if in life it is only represented by a humble vendor of souvenirs on the street.  READ MORE »

A spaceship called "Pha That Luang"

Dramatic view of the Pha That Luang stupa in Vientiane, Laos

Dramatic view of the Pha That Luang stupa in Vientiane, Laos

 

The camera does not matter. The most important thing is the right time and place.

Can shoot with a cheapest and oldest equipment, but if one manages to capture the right moment, there you go.  READ MORE »

Buddhist temple at night

Buddhist temple (wat) at night in Laos, Vientiane

Buddhist temple (wat) at night in Laos, Vientiane

 

Continuing the theme of relaxation - a peaceful view at the Buddhist temple during late evening.  READ MORE »

Most relaxed capital city on Earth

Quiet street on Monday morning, Vientiane, Laos

Quiet street on Monday morning, Vientiane, Laos

 

"Monday morning, a hotel in "insert any capital city". Wake up call in order not to miss an appointment in "any country's" embassy. Quick cup of coffee and rush downstairs to grab a taxi in a busy street."
Could be a perfectly exact description of the working week's start, could fit to most of us.  READ MORE »

How to easily become a millionaire

One million Lao kip, Vientiane, Laos

One million Lao kip, Vientiane, Laos

 

Nearly every one of us, at least men, have asked ourselves the question:
"How to become a millionaire with only 100 dollars in your pocket?"  READ MORE »

A slow boat to an underground river

Three men carrying a boat over a shallow part of the underground river in Kong Lo (Kong Lor) cave, Kong Lo, Laos

Three men carrying a boat over a shallow part of the underground river in Kong Lo (Kong Lor) cave, Kong Lo, Laos

 

How is it that the strongest feelings and most fascinating experiences are so difficult to express?
We have visited Kong Lo cave (though "Cave of Kong Lor" sounds better) today.
It's a 7,5 kilometer long cave under a mountain, connecting two lush valleys. It's high - sometimes up to 50 meters. And it's wide, around 100 or so meters at it's widest.  READ MORE »

Soviet-American combo for good

Anti - narcotics poster in Laos

Anti - narcotics poster in Laos

 

Anti-drug poster that could be seen in towns of Laos. Drawn in social realist style, very much reminds of Soviet type agitation. Notice the American flag (sign of American participation), and a boy in the top right corner, wearing a red neck tie (a symbol of "pioneers", i.e. junior communists).  READ MORE »

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