Feeding monks in Laos

Every morning before the sunrise in the cities of Laos you can see the monks walking down the streets with baskets. People give food, mainly sticky rice and the monks pray for them. In Luang Prabang the morning procession has become a popular tourist attraction.
Here in Vientiane feeding monks is just a natural routine. We witnessed this humble procession at the bus station when we arrived from the North early in the morning by a sleeping bus.

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Slow-boating between Thailand and Laos

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We stayed in Chiang Mai (Northern Thailand) for a week and then reserved a tour right from our favorite Like Home Hostel to go to Luang Prabang by minivan, bus and two-days slow boat. You can get to Laos by bus and train from Bangkok but it’s not as picturesque as down the Mekong river, though faster of course.

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Trekking in North of Laos

Trekking in the villages. Northern Laos.

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‌After we arrived in the city Luang Prabang and checked out the night market and the hill with a temple in the city center, we decided to head a bit North to the villages of Nong Khiaw and Muang Ngoy. Some Internet sites described them as off the beaten path places though it’s not the case anymore.

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4000 islands, cycling around the island, South of Laos

‌4000 islands Si Phon Don (Si means four, Phon – thousand and Don means island in Lao language)

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After reading about the islands on the Internet( asking tour agencies and people) we chose the biggest (and more non touristic) one called Don Khong. The other ones seemed either too touristic or up the budget.

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