For most of the month of May, we were hopping through Laos, Vietnam, Singapore, and Taiwan. Since I was born in Vietnam and husband in France, we alternate our vacations between Europe and Asia. Last year was Spain and this year, Southeast Asia. I brought my trusty Olympus PEN-PL1 with the Panasonic pancake lens and took a bunch of photos. Enjoy.
Our first stop was in Luang Prabang, which is the old capital of Laos, and a UNESCO heritage site. This is our second time in this forgotten city in the highland next to the Mekong river. We love this city with its slow pace, beautiful temples, and home to the Laos master silk weavers.
There are dozen of temples scattered throughout the city. But this one is most historic and beautiful. Wat Xieng Thong (Golden Tree) temple.
Each the morning, Buddhist monks walk barefoot for alms. Sticky rice and sweets are offered by laypeople while sitting or kneeling. This is a quiet and solemn ritual. The months walk quickly through the streets then return to the temples for their only meal of the day.
I asked the hotel to cook some sticky rice and we woke up early to give alms. I was sitting on the ground and took this shot. I love this image because it looks like the monk was walking on air.