Below are 32 photos (out of 350!) from a trip I went on with my husband to Vientiane and Luang Prabang in Laos.
(The Buddha Park must be seen to be believed. Or rather, even after you’ve seen it, it’s still unbelievable…)
I always feel weird walking on the tarmac at small airports.
Alley in Luang Prabang.
Electric tuk tuk photobombs the antique. Also, note the typical combination of national flag and party flag.
This is what Luang Prabang is for (chilling by the river).
This is one of two bamboo bridges built during dry season only.
The wat where the Prabang Buddha is kept.
Part of my “stop signs of the world” collection.
Look all you want, but don’t touch.
One of Luang Prabang’s top tourist sites.
Tourists are not exactly swarming.
It’s the high season, but we’ve practically got the place to ourselves.
Supposedly a lotus bud, but looks like an artichoke to me.
Close up of amazing facade.
Confluence of the Mekong river and that other one.
Papaya leaf. So. Much. Detail.
Main street at sunset.
Mountains at sunset!
LOTS of buddhas.
Decrepit arc de triomphe.
Nice views, though.
J.J. Abrams gave me a hand with this one.
Giant concrete reclining buddha.
Among many strange, strange statues.
Did I mention they’re strange?
View from up high.
Awesome creatures out in front of the Vientiane Great Stupa.
Even with dramatic lighting, though, the national icon of Laos can’t hold a candle to the massive gold-clad stupa in Yangon…