Indochina Loop Revisited
 

Buddhist's Day

I was at Doi Suthep, a temple outside of Chiang Mai on Buddhist Day. The monks were having a special ceremony where they walked around the large stuppa in the middle of the temple 3 times chanting before their normal daily chanting.

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Hands from the White Temple

You may remember pictures of the White Temple near Chiang Rai, Thailand. Here is another one but a close up of the "hands" that are on the way to cross the bridge leading into the temple. I am not sure the significance of them but they make for an interesting photo.

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Views along the Mekong

This photo was taken as I was working my way down the Mekong on a slow boat to Luang Prabang, Laos.

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Hmong Woman

We stopped and visited a Hmong Village (one of the many hill tribes in Laos). This lady was so cute I had to take a picture.

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It really is a small world!!!

When I was in Laos in December of 2005, I traveled from Northern Laos all the way through Southern Laos into Cambodia. Along the way I met a guy named Jules from Holland who I traveled with for about a week in the south. Just to show how small of a world it is, I went to dinner in Luang Prabang at my favorite 50 cent food stall and as I sat down I looked up and saw Jules who happened to be back in Laos visiting with his mother. Wow....

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Blacksmith

As part of our tours we offer an option to go on a handicraft tour when in Luang Prabang. Some of my passengers went so I tagged along to see what it was all about. The first place we visited was a village with blacksmiths. Here this couple is making knives to be sold in the market for about $1.50 each.

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Saa Paper

The next place we visited they were making Saa Paper. This is paper made from the Saa tree. They use it to make lanterns, shopping bags, journals, photo albums, etc.

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Saa Paper drying in the sun

After the lady has made the paper she sets it out in the sun to dry.

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Lao Lao

The Laos people have their version of what we would call moonshine back at home. They call their's Lao Lao and it is a rice wine. I can't say I have developed a taste for it yet. We visited a local place where they distilled (if that is what you want to call it) the Lao Lao.

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Monks on a tuk tuk

Even the monks need to hire a tuk tuk to get back to their monastery.

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Halong Bay

We were upgraded this time on our boat in Halong Bay. Our standard boats were all sold out so we got to go on the Bien Ngoc Cruiser. The boat was a little bigger and a little swankier than our normal boats.

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Food Garnishes

And the chef was pretty good with a knife. This is a picture of one of the garnishes. The flowers are made from carrots, cucumbers and garlic cloves.

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Cruising in Halong Bay

Wandering through the rock formation that make up Halong Bay.

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Overcast day in Hue

After a long train ride, we got out into the countryside and rode motorbikes around Hue. The rice is just turning color to yellow which means it is almost ready to be picked.

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Shoppers Paradise

You can shop until you drop in Hoi An. This city is known for its tailors and you can get anything made in less than a day at a pretty cheap price.

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Classic Picture

One postcard that is seen throughout the area is of someone in a cone hat riding a water buffalo through the rice paddies. Well I finally got the opportunity to take this picture.

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Transport

This is one of the many trucks that are pieced together with old spare parts from who knows.

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Round Boats

These round boats are used for fishing throughout central Vietnam. If you were to put me in one I would just spin in circles!

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Drying in the sun

These masks were drying along the street in Hoi An. They will be decorated and sold to an unsuspecting tourist!

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