Thursday, January 21, 2010

Luang Prabang, Laos


Last night we arrived at the boat dock in Luang Prabang at around 5:30 pm. Our two day river trip allowed us the opportunity to sit back, relax and discuss photography, share images and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Mekong river.

On of our last stops along the way was the amazing Pok Au cave, where hundreds of Buddha images have been placed in a large riverside cave. 

Now we're at the Chang Inn right among many of the famous monestaries of this old French provincial capitol of Laos, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Luang Prabang is truly a jewel of a city, known for it's delicious food, friendly locals and countless Buddhist temples.

But the real reason that we are here is to photograph the procession of 600 saffron clad monks every morning. This morning was fantastic and we all captured some wonderful images!

2 comments:

Andrew said...

Hi Karl

Great images as always, it brings back so many memories of my trip with you a couple of years back.

jim house said...

Karl --
Just discovered your blog. I remember Luang Prabang well from last year: the way we had to run ahead of the line of monks to shoot them initially on their trip into the main part of town; the way we caught them on their trip back from the main part of town a few streets over; the images of them back in their monasteries; of the old women long the way offering rice; of the pain in my knees from resting on my knees too long; and, finally, my disbelief at the information--who gave it to me?--that the monks got no other food for the day than what they gathered on this slow-moving walk.

See you in Saigon on March 2.