Thak Baht, Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang, the old Royal Capital of Laos, has always been known as a jewel amongst the already beautiful landscape of Laos.  I’d always wanted to go, but I would honestly have to say that it’s not quite what I expected.  The first chance I had to walk around this UNESCO World Heritage City, I […]

Champa House, Luang Prabang

There’s an interesting establisment in Luang Prabang, a house/non profit set up by Prince (Chao) Somsanith Nithakhong, a Lao artist of royal descent.  (He recently made an appearance on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations episode on Laos) Educated in Laos and France, intelligent and eloquent in many languages, he spoke to us about the mission of […]

Poverty

A tad bit sunny and warm, but in the shade there’s this lovely breeze coming in from the mountains and hills of Xieng Khouang. Dozing off sitting outside, listening to the sounds of chicks and the mother hen, pecking around the airport. Hi-tech and modern, this is not. There’s a little girl squeaking around, her […]

Ban Pahn, Bomb Crater Village

This was another village in Xieng Khouang that the group visited, in hopes of finding another place needing a preschool.  The “road” from Phonsavanh to Ban Panh made the road to Samneau seem like a pleasure cruise, and I had to walk around to clear my head.  It was crazy how after 30 plus years, there […]

375 of 374

She was 12 years old when the missile was launched into the cave that killed 374 of her fellow villagers.  She had been living there for two years, and could remember how the airplanes made the landscape barren and treeless.  On the night before the missile struck inside the cave, she ran out to visit […]

Tham Pui Cave

The Xieng Khouang area is so pretty, with rolling hills and cool weather.  Even in August, the mornings are cool and so vastly different from the swamp like weather in Vientiane.  It was a slight struggle though, climbing up the steps on the small mountain that housed Tham Pui cave, a home to many poor […]

Laos: A Country of Contrasts / Scrap Metal Foundry

Laos is one of the most beautiful and lush countries in all of Southeast Asia.  Even though the people in the remote villages don’t have electricity or running water, or a very high standard of living, the earth provides so much, that there isn’t as much belly rumbling as in other parts of the world.  […]

Bounmi and Toumi

At the Consortium, we met Bounmi and Toumi.  They were volunteers helping educate others on the dangers of UXO’s.  Xieng Khouang province in Laos ranks second behind Savannakhet province in terms of contamination, but first in casualties, as well as having the dubious honor of having some of the poorest villages.  From January to August […]

Jia, Thuy and the Plain of Jars

I got up early once again and decided to walk around Phonsavanh, Xieng Khouang. The town reminds me of an old Western, with its main road and hotels and stores on either side. I was told that this emerging city was where the locals moved to after the bombings 30 plus years ago. While strolling […]

Manophet’s English School

I wanted to stay a bit longer to catch the sunset on the Plain of Jars, but next on the agenda was visiting an English learning school, run out of the house of a person I’d wanted to meet for a long time. I first found out about a Lao gentleman named Manophet through a […]

The Plain of Jars: Xieng Khouang, Laos

Looking back at the photos, I realized that the best images were the ones that didn’t focus solely on the jars, they were the ones of us.  Most had never been to the plain of jars, only read about it.  To this day archaeologists have no clue as to who made them.  This area of Laos […]

Reunion

It was a long day, but it ended nicely, with dinner at the hotel.  FB asked me to translate for him while he caught up with his best friend, Mr. BL, a man whom he met back in the late 60’s, when FB was an educational advisor for the U.S.  He was dismayed at the influx […]

That Luang at Sunrise

Still wasn’t used to the jetlag, so I got up at 4:00am, Vientiane time.  Had nothing better to do so I stepped out of the hotel and started walking to the That Luang Stupa, which is the national symbol of Laos.  It was a somewhat long walk to the site, and at that hour of the night/morning, there was nobody on […]

Lao Disabled Women’s Center

The next day we visited the Lao Disabled Women’s Development Center. It was a place where women could use their skills, no matter their handicap, as well as learn new skills and earn some money creating handicrafts and gift products. There was however a young man, hunched over, working diligently on greeting cards in a […]

Photos: Vientiane, Laos

Vientiane (pronounced Vieng-Chun) is the capital city of Laos, and not overpopulated, probably having about 400,000 residents.  Being drained from the plane ride, I only managed these shots before the day was over.  It’s an interesting place.  Some parts are still very poor, but the other modernized sections (with funding and aid from the Japanese and […]

The Place Where I Was Born

It took me 14 hours to fly from Atlanta to Seoul, South Korea.  I sat in the airport/mall for about 6 hours admiring their almost “clone” like society and their expensive toys.  Then it was another 5 hour flight to Bangkok, Thailand.  There I sat and just people watched in the airport for 12 hours.  The following morning […]

Filters

Notes: Before there was Capture NX and Photoshop, there were old school Cokin filters.