Binthabat: Alms giving ceremony in Luang Prabang, Laos

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In Luang Prabang, Laos, one of the most beautiful sights is the sunrise alms giving ceremony called 'Binthabat' in Lao. Binthabat takes place every morning at 5:30 am and is performed in about 30 minutes. It is a profound expression of generosity, a cardinal virtue for the Lao people, and is a significant source of [...]

The night market in Luang Prabang, Laos

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Luang Prabang night market is located along Sisavangvong Road from the Royal Palace Museum. It is open daily from 5pm to about 10pm. Every evening a kilometre-long stretch of road is closed to vehicle traffic and turned into a walking and shopping street while the market takes place.   Sisavangvong road during day time Vendors [...]

Photo of the Week: Monks in Luang Prabang, Laos

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  This shot was taken at Luang Prabang in Laos. Binthabat is a profound expression of generosity, a cardinal virtue for the Lao people, and is a significant source of religious merit for the Buddhist community. It is probably the closest religious interaction between lay people and monks. Whenever it is performed, it is done [...]

Luang Prabang Temples (Wats): Jewel of Laos (Part 2)

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For me, without a question, the best part of Luang Prabang is its temples. There are seemingly dozens, all rather different, all filled with an ethereal calm I’ve rarely experienced. To stroll through the grounds of a wat is to enter another world. The buildings, the saffron-robed monks, the sound of the temple gongs, the [...]

Temples (Wats) of Luang Prabang: Jewel of Laos (Part 1)

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The closest English can come to translating “wat” is with the word “monastery” or “temple,” but neither fully explains its significance. As the focus of Luang Prabang town, a wat is the religious center, meeting place, school, and house of healing. The temples include various buildings serving religious and administrative tasks. Despite the unusual surroundings, [...]

Luang Prabang and its Ancient Temples (Wats)

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Luang Prabang in Laos has one of the highest concentrations of Buddhist temples among the Southeast Asian countries. Temples, monasteries, stupas and pagodas are scattered throughout the countryside and towns alike. Temples is the best part of Luang Prabang and there are apparently more than 30 of this in here. Although the town has both [...]

Its Vacation time!

The bags are packed, the car is loaded and it is time to get away. The winters can be so long and dreary that a sunny vacation, is nothing short of spectacular. Create the best trip you can by planning ahead, this will save you and your family both time and money. Book Ahead- This [...]

Photo of the Week: Golden Crown of Sapa, Vietnam

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  This shot was taken in Sapa, Vietnam. Sapa in Lao Cai province of Vietnam is also known as the silent city. April and May is the best time to witness the scenic beauty of Sapa. During this time, Sapa is blooming with flowers in different colors and sizes while grasses are green. You can [...]

Luang Prabang, Laos: Treasure of the Mekong River

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After two weeks in Hanoi and a week in Sapa and due to the fact that my Vietnam Visa is about to expire, I had to leave Vietnam and cross the border going to Luang Prabang, Laos for another month of new adventures. The journey from Sapa to Loang Prabang was long and winding, dusty [...]

15 Photos (reasons) why you should visit Vietnam

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Vietnam is a country any serious traveler should visit at least once in his/her life. It’s one of the few travel destinations that encompasses incredible scenery and an intriguing culture all in the same place. Travellers usually go to Vietnam for significant place due to its history, its natural wonders and other great thing about [...]

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