Laos (VI): Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang was to be my last stop in Laos before returning to Tailand and it would be in a stretch because I hadn´t much time to cover all the distance I wanted. I guess it is the normal dilemma for all travelers who have some degree of choice: Travel deep, taking the time to see people and things properly or to travel wide and see more places but staying on the surface only?
Luang Prabang may well be gathering the best of two worlds; It is prepared to receive foreigners and travelers, so it is possible the stay comfortably lodged in one of the many guesthouses in town. One can eat, drink, shop and stroll whenever one likes because there is plenty of choice. On the other hand, some things run as they did hundreds of years ago and that makes all the difference…
One of the great emotions of being in places like Luang Prabang is the inner conscience of knowing that they won´t stay as they are for much longer. It´s like watching a world being lost, slowly but irrevocably, for ever. That feeling does make my eyes open widely and all my senses become sharply attuned. In no time, I feel the humble responsibility of being a witness and share those experiences…
Seeing myself – after so much time not noticing me – can be an unexpected surprise. I forget myself easily when I´m wandering around…
Two great rivers meet in Luang Prabang: The Mekong and the Nam Khan.
It took a rough and slippery journey inside the Tham Phu Rham cave to see the reclining Buda up close…
The narrow elevated paths stretching for miles within the rice fields are an invitation to endless walks.
Time to say goodbye to Laos…
All photographs by António Marques – © António Marques Photoblog, 2014