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Land of Laos

Laos is a beautiful country with jagged peaks and rich vegetation. The rice fields follow the valleys between the peaks. Buddhist temples can be found in every village, and almost on every corner in the cities. Ancient altars, burial urns and stones, and magnificent wats are there to be discovered. The mighty Mekong wanders through the land, sometimes muddy, sometimes clear. There are waterfalls for tourists, and hidden falls where only the village children can direct you. You can find yourself reluctant to leave.

Note: I returned to Laos this March (2011) and have added photos of the area around Vientiane. Laos is rapidly changing--the river side is being developed and has been turned into a landscaped park. Large, new homes and buildings are going up. Rice paddies are being drained for development.
Peaks and rice fields
Peaks and rice fields
Idyllic View
Idyllic View
Wat Phra Phome Phao in Luang Prabang
Wat Phra Phome Phao in Luang Prabang
Dragons Guarding Wat
Dragons Guarding Wat
Wat Phousi from my window
Wat Phousi from my window
Ancient Buddha
Ancient Buddha
Kouangsi Falls near Luang Prabang
Kouangsi Falls near Luang Prabang
Kouangsi Falls
Kouangsi Falls
Swimming in Koangsi Falls
Swimming in Koangsi Falls
On the road from Luang Prabang to Vientiane
On the road from Luang Prabang to Vientiane
Peak in the Distance
Peak in the Distance
Another View , , ,
Another View , , ,
And One Last Glance
And One Last Glance
Taking the Bus
Taking the Bus
Lao Bar
Lao Bar
Snacks on the Ferry
Snacks on the Ferry
Ferry
Ferry
Movie Night in Vang Vieng
Movie Night in Vang Vieng
Teeter Totter
Teeter Totter
Fishing in the Mekong
Fishing in the Mekong
Lao home
Lao home
Rice Fields
Rice Fields
Mists in the Mountains
Mists in the Mountains
Layers
Layers
Bamboo Bridge on the Nam River in Luang Prabang
Bamboo Bridge on the Nam River in Luang Prabang
Nam River
Nam River
Standing stones or menhirs in Houaphanh Province
Standing stones or menhirs in Houaphanh Province
More menhirs
More menhirs
And more . . .
And more . . .
Plain of Jars near Xieng Khoang
Plain of Jars near Xieng Khoang
Plain of Jars
Plain of Jars
Old bomb casings used as fence posts
Old bomb casings used as fence posts
Selling pigs off truck in Xieng Khoang
Selling pigs off truck in Xieng Khoang
Street Scene Vientiane
Street Scene Vientiane
Preparing for Night Market in Luang Prabang
Preparing for Night Market in Luang Prabang
Four Thousand Islands
Four Thousand Islands
Four Thousand Islands - Southern Laos
Four Thousand Islands - Southern Laos
Sunset at Four Thousand Islands-Mekong River
Sunset at Four Thousand Islands-Mekong River
Sow and piglets
Sow and piglets
Water Buffalo
Water Buffalo
No vacancy
No vacancy
Khmer Ruins of Wat Phu at Chompasak
Khmer Ruins of Wat Phu at Chompasak
Through Wat doors
Through Wat doors
Path through the rice field
Path through the rice field
New construction
New construction
Neighborhood house
Neighborhood house
Street scene
Street scene
Cooking eggs
Cooking eggs
Riverside scene in Vientiane
Riverside scene in Vientiane
Monk's quarters
Monk's quarters
Fishing in the rice paddies after the rain
Fishing in the rice paddies after the rain
Following the creek to Tad Xai Falls
Following the creek to Tad Xai Falls
Tad Xai Falls, dry season
Tad Xai Falls, dry season
Reflections in a Lily Pond
Reflections in a Lily Pond
Retired Tuk-tuk
Retired Tuk-tuk
Neighborhood house
Neighborhood house
Walls
Walls
Home mini-market
Home "mini-market"
Vintage tribal wear
Vintage tribal wear
Beautiful vintage embroidered costume
Beautiful vintage embroidered costume