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Laos is the most laid back country I have been to. You cannot take it at your pace. You have to go with the flow - meander around the town on foot, take a boat down the Mekong, get up early in the morning to watch the monks receive alms. This is as close to the romantic Indochina you can get.

 

The entire city of Luang Prabhang is a UNESCO World Heritage Site - "It is an outstanding example of the fusion of traditional architecture and Lao urban structures with those built by the European colonial authorities in the 19th and 20th centuries. Its unique, remarkably well-preserved townscape illustrates a key stage in the blending of these two distinct cultural traditions."

 

The monks are the fabric that weaves the entire city together. Every Lao Buddhist male is expected to be a monk for a period of time in his life. This can range anywhere from as little as a week to a lifetime commitment. Of course, they make fascinating portrait subjects too.

 

#55 on Explore.

 

Luang Prabang, Laos

2009

 

Arjun Purkayastha · travel & fine art photography ·

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Taken on January 2, 2009