This lovely Buddha statue sits inside Wat Xieng Muan, a monastery dedicated to training young monks in woodcarving, painting, and Buddha-casting - the artistic skills required to maintain and preserve Luang Prabang's historic temples.
Post #15. The Rehumanization Tour: Phase 3 - On the Road Again... February 21st 2010 Believe it or not, the 20-hour sleeper bus from Hanoi to Vientiane, Laos was not a wretchedly horrible experience! The bus was clean, warm, and quiet (after they stopped blaring Asian pop Karaoke). We started our journey in Hanoi at 5:30 pm on a Thursday afternoon. In true Vietnamese style, we were shuffled from bus to bus and from one waiting area to another for the next 2.5 hours, so we didnā ... read more
Asia » Laos » West » Vientiane Laos was under the control of Siam (Thailand) from the late 18th century until the late 19th century when it became part of French Indochina. The Franco-Siamese Treaty of 1907 defined the current Lao border with Thailand. In 1975, the Communist Pathe... ... read more