2015 A view of the Complex from Vat Xieng Thong Sim Temple in Luang Prabang, Laos
2015 A view of the Complex from Vat Xieng Thong Sim Temple in Luang Prabang, Laos

Our home base in Laos was the small city of Luang Prabang while on our Three Kingdoms of Indochina tour.  Laos was my favorite of the three countries on this tour and seemed to be far less ‘Westernized’ than cities in Vietnam or Cambodia.  We ventured through the countryside to the Kuang Si waterfalls passing rice fields and small villages along the way.  Returning to town, we boarded a traditional river boat for a trip up the Mekong River to the Pak Ou Caves where we saw hundreds of Buddhas.  Temples visited were Vat Xieng Thong, Vat Hosian, Vat Mahathat, and those at the National Palace Museum. A highlight was a visit to an elephant rescue camp nestled in a jungle valley on the banks of a river where we learned how mahouts train their elephants.

2015 Our home for three nights was the Sanctuary Resort in Luang Prabang
2015 Our home for three nights was the Sanctuary Resort in Luang Prabang
2015 Breakfast at the Sanctuary was hearty and included Pho soup, crepes, and fruit
2015 Breakfast at the Sanctuary was hearty and included Pho soup, crepes, and fruit
2015 Our Breakfast Pavilion at the Sanctuary was outdoors by the Lotus Pond
2015 Our Breakfast Pavilion at the Sanctuary was outdoors by the Lotus Pond
2015 Gardeners at our hotel clipping the lawns by hand during our stay there
2015 Gardeners at our hotel clipping the lawns by hand during our stay there
2015 The confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers was within walking distance
2015 The confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers was within walking distance
2015 Buddhist monks collect alms from our group at a 6:00 am ceremony
2015 Buddhist monks collect alms from our group at a 6:00 am ceremony
2015 We visited an Elephant Rescue Village in a Jungle Valley near Luang Prabang
2015 We visited an Elephant Rescue Village in a Jungle Valley near Luang Prabang
2015 Rescued from the Timber industry, our gentle Elephant was named Hamong
2015 Rescued from the Timber industry, our gentle Elephant was named Hamong
2015 We took Small Boats from the Elephant Camp to the Nursery Across the River
2015 We took Small Boats from the Elephant Camp to the Nursery Across the River
2015 We were allowed to feed bananas to this tiny elephant in the camp nursery
2015 We were allowed to feed bananas to this tiny elephant in the camp nursery
2015 On a visit to a Lettuce Farm we met this charming child
2015 On a visit to a Lettuce Farm we met this charming child
2015 Our local guide explains our visit to beautiful Tat Kuang Si Waterfalls
2015 Our local guide explains our visit to beautiful Tat Kuang Si Waterfalls
2015 The Stunning Tat Kuang Si Waterfalls are within an hour's drive from Luang Prabang
2015 The Stunning Tat Kuang Si Waterfalls are within an hour's drive from Luang Prabang
2015 A Monk poses at the lower falls of Tat Kuang Si - a Tropical Paradise
2015 A Monk poses at the lower falls of Tat Kuang Si - a Tropical Paradise
2015 Grilled meats and fish sold by vendors at a tiny village at the entrance to the falls
2015 Grilled meats and fish sold by vendors at a tiny village at the entrance to the falls
2015 Vendors sold a variety of wares in a small market village near the falls
2015 Vendors sold a variety of wares in a small market village near the falls
2015 One of our travelers gets hands-on experience plowing with a water buffalo
2015 One of our travelers gets hands-on experience plowing with a water buffalo
2015 We attended a special "Calling of the Souls" Baci Ceremony one evening
2015 We attended a special "Calling of the Souls" Baci Ceremony one evening
2015 Laos National Museum was a former Royal Palace in Luang Prabang
2015 Laos National Museum was a former Royal Palace in Luang Prabang
2015 The Gardens at the Laos National Museum are Beautifully Maintained
2015 The Gardens at the Laos National Museum are Beautifully Maintained
2015 Removal of visitors' shoes is required for a visit  to the Laos National Museum
2015 Removal of visitors' shoes is required for a visit to the Laos National Museum
2015 Vat Ho Pha Bang is a Gorgeous Golden Temple at the Laos National Museum
2015 Vat Ho Pha Bang is a Gorgeous Golden Temple at the Laos National Museum
2015 Here we are with Shoes removed before our visit to the museum
2015 Here we are with Shoes removed before our visit to the museum
2015 We chartered this traditional Riverboat up the Mekong to the Pak Ou Buddhist Caves
2015 We chartered this traditional Riverboat up the Mekong to the Pak Ou Buddhist Caves
2015 The Gleaming Teakwood Interior of our Riverboat ride on the Mekong River
2015 The Gleaming Teakwood Interior of our Riverboat ride on the Mekong River
2015 Pak Ou Caves on the Mekong River in Laos have hundreds of Images of Buddha
2015 Pak Ou Caves on the Mekong River in Laos have hundreds of Images of Buddha
2015 One of the Altars at the Pak Ou Caves with offerings for the Lord Buddha
2015 One of the Altars at the Pak Ou Caves with offerings for the Lord Buddha
2015 The Stairways up into the Caves at Pak Ou wind up and up and up
2015 The Stairways up into the Caves at Pak Ou wind up and up and up
2015 Images in this part of Pak Ou Caves include a Stunning Jade and Gold Buddha
2015 Images in this part of Pak Ou Caves include a Stunning Jade and Gold Buddha
2015 Across the River from the Caves at Pak Ou we visited a small village with this Temple
2015 Across the River from the Caves at Pak Ou we visited a small village with this Temple
2015 This Cute Child was anxious to show us his new Cell Phone
2015 This Cute Child was anxious to show us his new Cell Phone
2015 The Temple Complex at this little village had this Wonderful Elephant Shrine
2015 The Temple Complex at this little village had this Wonderful Elephant Shrine
2015 For sale in the little village is Rice Wine with Snakes and Scorpions - good for virility
2015 For sale in the little village is Rice Wine with Snakes and Scorpions - good for virility
2015 This Stairway flanked by Seven Headed Serpents Leads to Vat Mahathat
2015 This Stairway flanked by Seven Headed Serpents Leads to Vat Mahathat
2015 The Entrance to Vat Mahathat is through this Magnificent Doorway
2015 The Entrance to Vat Mahathat is through this Magnificent Doorway
2015 The Terrace and Stupa at Vat Mahathat Near our Hotel
2015 The Terrace and Stupa at Vat Mahathat Near our Hotel
2015 This Expansive Stairway leads from the Mekon River to Vat Xieng Thong
2015 This Expansive Stairway leads from the Mekon River to Vat Xieng Thong
2015 The Temple of Xieng Thong Sim features an Elephant Fountain to one side
2015 The Temple of Xieng Thong Sim features an Elephant Fountain to one side
2015 The Temple Complex of Xieng Thong includes a Carriage Museum
2015 The Temple Complex of Xieng Thong includes a Carriage Museum
2015 Two of us Decided to Make an Offering at Vat Hosian near our Resort
2015 Two of us Decided to Make an Offering at Vat Hosian near our Resort
2015 I purchased this small Banana Leaf and Marigold Offering and left it before this Buddha
2015 I purchased this small Banana Leaf and Marigold Offering and left it before this Buddha
2015 A View of the Mekong River from a Vantage Point in Luang Prabang
2015 A View of the Mekong River from a Vantage Point in Luang Prabang

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