Jennifer Patience's Laos Posts

One afternoon on the 4000 islands it rained so hard and for so long that we were reduced to taking photographs of the weather.

Taken on Phu Si, a hill overlooking Luang Prabang. I was trying out black and white photographs as I wanted a kind of “lost world” feel to the pictures:..

Taking the river boats [photoblog.com] either along the Mekong or the Nam is an inevitable part of Lao travel. Inside the seats are wooden and you are given a…

The Lamvong is basically a circle dance in which people move continuously round in a large circle, gracefully moving arms, legs and bending fingers to the music…

Around Phonsavan and the Plain of Jars [photoblog.com], where the US bombing had been at its worst, there has been a great deal of work to try and clean up the…

Inside Pha That Luang [photoblog.com], and indeed inside other temples around Laos were these stone dragons at the bottom of steps. The mouths were always open…

Just ten minutes outside of the bustling centre, and away from the handicraft markets of Luang Prabang was a regular Lao market. It always seems to be…

Vientiane's Pha That Luang [photoblog.com] is so recognisable that the challenge is to try and capture it inconspicuously.

On the north and south sides of the Pha That Luang in Vientiane are two wats. While the main golden stupa is the famous symbol of Laos and Vientiane, the two…

It's name means World-Precious Sacred Stupa and it is the most famous monument in Laos. The legend has it that in the 3rd century BCE a missionary from India…

And, dinner probably from the Mekong. In the evenings in Vientiane all along the river, stalls start setting up around 5pm to serve food and drink. The smell…

When the weather is generally the kind of weather that makes you want to be outdoors, it's not too surprising to see the kind of things you usually associate…

Surrounding the town of Vang Vieng is some beautiful scenery [photoblog.com]: caves, rivers and karst mountains. A little outside of the main town are caves…

A favourite theme of mine is to look for patterns [photoblog.com] . Climbing to the top of monuments to get a view of the street below is always a good way to…

One of the lovely things about Laos was the traffic. What traffic? Exactly. In what capital city can you stand in the middle of a big main road to take a…

I'm a big fan of Martin Parr [blog.magnumphotos.com] and while I'm nowhere near his league, I often look at scenes and think, “How would Martin Parr shoot this…

Once again, another photograph from the village in Phonsavan. The reason many people go there to visit is to see how the villagers have made use of discarded…

Opposite the Royal Palace Museum in Luang Prabang [photoblog.com] is a hill, Phu Si . Climbing to the top gives you a great perspective of the town and rivers,…

In the temple district of Luang Prabang there is this little gem of a museum. It was built at the beginning of the last century for King Visavang Vong and…

Adding to the regular menagerie of dogs, cats, pigs, ducks, geese and water buffalo, that roamed the streets around Champasak were goats. They were too cute to…
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