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Emily Swindall’s Thailand & Laos

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133/04 Samsenthai Rd, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR, Vientiane, Laos
Amazing Buddha collection near Vientiane, next to the friendship gate of the border with Udon Thani.
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114 Rue Pangkham, Vientiane, Laos
Monk making the rounds in the inner courtyard of Wat That Luang in Vientiane, Laos. The temple was built in 1566 and is now considered to be one of the most important national symbols in Laos.
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Xieng Nyeun, Vientiane, Laos
The name “Nampou Coffee” is a relic of the previous shop and belies the deliciousness inside just as much as the overly typical entrance does. Nothing that you can see from the outside does justice for the restaurant in a way that I would like to...
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Sisavangvong Road, Luang Prabang, Laos
Wat Mai, Luang Prabang, Laos. Rubbing shoulders with tangerine-robed monks in Laos is one of the best parts about any visit to Luang Prabang. The young monks are often eager to converse with respectful visitors; this young fellow peppered me with...
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Historic District, Luang Prabang, Laos
Sunset over the Mekong River as seen from the Riverside Sunset Bar in Luang Prabang, Laos. Absolutely the best place in town to take in the setting sun, with cheap Beerlao, super laid-back atmosphere and good food.
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Huangphrabang Village 93, Louangphrabang (Luang Prabang) 0600, Laos
The morning alms walk happens daily in Luang Prabang, Laos right around sunrise. Hundreds of monks, whether aged 7 or 70, walk silently in single file along the beautiful french-colonial city's main street to receive their only food supply for the...
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Luang Prabang, Laos
On a deck overlooking the Nam Khan River and with just 6 tables, Rosella Fusion Restaurant is a secret favourite with expats in Luang Prabang. The restaurant offers amazing value for tasty Thai and Lao dishes like pad thai and spicy Lao beef...
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Muang Ngoy, Laos
The sleepy Laotian village of Nong Khiaw, in the north Luang Prabang province, can be deceptive. Before you arrive, you think, "Looks quite dull. Will pass through overnight and make my way somewhere more interesting." But once you arrive and see...
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Kingkitsarath Rd, Luang Prabang, Laos
we had just arrived in Luang Prabang and were "starving" from an early morning flight from Hanoi. we got to the Art House cafe and were served an incredibly tasty meal that started with this salad and went on to perhaps the best herbed omlette I...
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Luang Prabang, Laos
I cross Settathirath Road, cross it again, and Mount Phousi towers above me. The steps lead to infinity. Or feel like it, anyway. Actually, the climb to the office is 190 steps and another 138 separate me from the top from there. Buddhas of all...
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Kingkitsarath Rd, Luang Prabang, Laos
The restaurant is good, but the cooking school is wonderful. Located just outside of Luang Prabang on the shores of the Mekong, it's an all day affair with an excellent teacher. Call the restaurant to reserve a place.
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Su Thep, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Thai massage is also known as passive yoga and can be very good when done by a skilled practitioner and it is absurdly cheap by western standards. In Thailand, the blind are thought to be the best at giving nuat thai, and in Chiang Mai there are...
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Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
If you ride a motorcycle, a motorbike is a great way to get around Chiang Mai and the surrounding areas. Mr. Mechanic and Mr. Beer are two reliable bike rental shops. Only do this if you are a confident and experienced rider; the traffic in...
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103 Road King Prajadhipok Phra Singh, Muang District, Chiang Mai Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Chiang Mai, Thailand has more temples and monasteries than you can visit in a week. This photo was taken after a ceremony that reopened the old women's prison as a new cultural center. The monks were walking home and one was texting on his cell...