I recently returned from South East Asia and my highlight was visiting Laos. Laos is way off the beaten path yet so worthy of a visit.
Here are 8 pictures (all photos taken by or of me) which give you a taste of why I liked Laos so much:
Laos is full of natural beauty, ranging from waterfalls to meandering rivers to limestone karst with overlooks.
People, Culture, and Food
In spite of Laos being a communist state and one of the poorest countries in South East Asia, the Laotian people have a resilient warmth and the family units are strong. They hold sincere pride in their culture.
There is a peace in the land from the stunning temples, orange-robed monks, and Buddhist stories and icons.
Although Laos has been stable over the last 20 year, it had a tumultuous and unfortunate history from the 50s through 90s. The low point was probably the United States bombing the living hell out of Laos in the “secret war” of the 1960s and 70s. Hearing about this history from Laotians certainly gives a different perspective.
Over the coming month I will share a few more perspectives of Laos.
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