A January 1999 trip
to Laos by Heather F
Quote: A slowly awakening land dominated by the mighty Mekong River, rugged tall mountains, friendly people whose lives are dominated by Buddhism and the ever-present monks readily identifiable in their brightly coloured saffron robes. This is Laos, still in its infancy as far as tourism goes.
This is just one of the many wats found on the peninsula formed by the junction of the Mekong and Khan Rivers. The best idea is to take a leisurely stroll and visit any that appeal. Like me you may find the monks make more of an impression than the buildings themselves. As most the novice monks attend school where they learn English, they are always keen to practice and learn about the outside world.
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With the river reaching a breadth of fourteen kilometres it is possible to travel among these islands and see fisherman using hand nets and canoes paddled by oars, freshwater dolphins, colonial villas, impressive rapids and waterfalls, a railway bridge and rusting locomotive and village life at its most relaxed.
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Pak Ou Caves
Overlooking the Mekong River
Luang Prabang, Laos
Attraction | "Buddha Park"
Buddha Park (Wat Xieng Khuan)
25 Km SE from Vientiane