2017 Trip to Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia

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Laos

 

A statue of the Buddha greets visitors at Haw Phra Kaew temple in Vientiane. Wat Si Saket is one of Vientiane's oldest temples. Dragon shaped handrails guard the entrance to the Royal Palace Museum (Haw Kham) at Luang Prabang. Inside Wat Visoun temple.
 

Xieng Thong temple. The residents of Ban Xang Hay are famed for their rice whiskey, bottled with venomous animals to add a little extra bite! Meg returning to our private boat on the Meekong river. The Pak Ou caves, overlooking the Meekong, are home to hundreds of statues of Buddha.
 

 

 

Our guide, a member of the Hmong, invited us to the Hmong new year celebrations, where men and women dressed in contemporized traditional costume.    
 
 

Vietnam

 

Decorations line a street in downtown Hanoi. Preparing to capture the perfect shot of changing of the guard at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Exploring the compound from which Ho Chi Minh led his revolution.
 

A solitary candle in Quoc Tu Giam, Hanoi's first university. Water puppets, controlled by submerged aparatus in the hands of puppeteers. Enjoying beautiful Ha Long Bay from the deck of our overnight boat.
 

Visiting Vung Vieng, a floating village of fishermen and women. The striking seascapes of Ha Long Bay have made it a UNESCO World Heritage site. Tim and Meg practicing Tai Chi on the poop deck at sunrise.
 

Sunrise turned the sky and water to gold. Our ship and its sister ship.
 

Hue's sprawling Forbidden City was modelled after the one in Beijing. Khai Dinh tomb.
 

On route to Huyen Khong cave. Huyen Khong cave with Buddah.
 

Traditional dance at the My Son ruins. At My Son, a series of temples constructoed between the 9th and 14th centuries still stand. A Sanskrit tablet.
 

At night the streets of Hoi An are bejewelled with colourful latterns. Motorbikes make up 94% of vehicles in Vietnam, making for some very interesting traffic, such as seen here in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon. A woman selling her wares at the Cai Be floating market on the Meekong Delta. Enjoying a fresh pineapple at the floating market.
 

 

 

 

A live toad for sale at the wet market.      
 
 

Cambodia

 

Royal Palace Keo Pagoda in Phnom Penh. The remains of more than five-thousand victims of the Pol Pot regime were recovered from the Choeung Ek killing fields outside of Phnom Penh.
 

Visitors to the killing fields leave coloured bracelets to honor the victims. View from behind the barbed wire at the Genocide Museum, formerly the S-21 torture, interrogation and execution center. Only seven of its 14,000 prisoners survived. Statues of Buddha with offerings within Wat Phnom. The South gate of the temple complex of Angkor Thom.
 

Carvings inside the walls of Angkor Thom.
 

Statues of Buddha adorn Bayon Temple inside Angkor Thom.
 

Baphoun Temple within Angkor Thom. Corridors encircle the temple.
 

The North gate of Angkor Thom. Preah Khan temple.
 

East Mebon temple. Angkor Wat temple complex.
 

 

The library at Angkor Wat. Sunset at Angkor Wat.
 

Traditional Khmer dance, fashioned after the carvings on the temples. Ta Prohm temple, made famous by Tomb Raider. The inexplicable Stegosaurus carving.
 

 

Banteay Kdei temple. Pre Rup temple.
 

Do you have anything in a size 16? Banteay Samre temple.
 

Banteay Srei temple.
 

False door. Water buffallo are the traditional draft animals of the region. Receiving a blessing from a Budhist monk upon our visit to Lo Lei temple.
 

Preah Ko Temple. Ba Kong Temple. Lillies growing in the moat surrounding Ba Kong temple. How's my driving? Call 1-800-COW-CART.
 

 

 

 

Life in Kompong Phluk village on Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia.      
 
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