Xiangkhouang - Swiss Of The East

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May 12th 2012
Published: May 12th 2012
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Beautiful Mountains, Beautiful Shades
Xiangkhoang, on the north east of Laos, border to Vietnam. The capital is Phonsavan literally means "Hills of Paradise". Its original name was Muang Phouan. A population of 37,000. Its lush green forest, with pine trees everywhere, rugged kartz formation, valley with plenty of rivers, caves and waterfalls. People are friendly, mostly agricultural and livestock. Peaceful and breathtaking. People have other names for this place. I called this place, The Swiss of The East.

About two kilometres from the town, there is a plateau which was named Unesco World Heritage. It is the Plain of Jars. It is about 2500 years old, a megalithic archaelogical landscape, scattered at the low foothills and uphill valley. The archaelogists has discovered prehistorical burial artifacts and human remains. There are about 400 jars discovered this moment.

In the morning, we went to the market, met some monks in safron robes, collecting alms and food. Such practices can be seen in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. They are known as the Theravadas. Self Cultivation. They are allowed two meals a day, breakfast and lunch by 11.00am. By noon, no more meals except drinking water, light soya drinks, milk or bean (blended)
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Beautiful Landscape

Best time to go is in the rainy season, sometime in September to December.

The common indigenious people are the Hmongs. There are Thais, Chinese, Viets and other indigenious group that I have no record of.

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Early morning mist settled on the mountains
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The Safron Robes 1

street after street, house after house, they chant, in the hope someone will offer them food
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The Safron Robes 2

devotees offering alms and food
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The curious one
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Working Girls

Farmer girls on the way to work. This is the road to the Plain of Jars.
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On the slope of the hill

trying to get the calf moving
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Plain of Jars

From a distance, I see light
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Plain of Jars 2

The height is just below my jaw
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Plain of Jars 3

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only the lonely under the tree with the jars
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hotelier leading us out to main entrance
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At the market 2

family together, woman look on
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behind the greens

13th May 2012

Lovely Photographs!
They capture and convey the landscape, people and practices of Laos. Look forward to seeing more blogs from you!
13th May 2012

Thank you
More to write about with pictures, Vientienne, Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng coming your way. Glad to have met you on the social media conference in Kuala Lumpur recently. You are a great blogger.

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