Buddhism, Community, Lao Tradition, Thai Tradition

Merit Making Traditions During the Buddhist Lent

The tradition of Buddhist Lent or the annual three-month Rains Retreat known in Thai  and Lao as Khao Pansa marks the beginning of the three month Buddhist 'Lent‘. Laypeople provide monasteries with stacks of new robes for Lent monks, since during the Lent period monks are restricted to their monasteries for a prolonged period of… Continue reading Merit Making Traditions During the Buddhist Lent

Laos, Laos Trip, Travel

Talat Dao Heuang Pakse New Market

My family were from Muang Kao, right across the Mekong River from Pakse.  When I was little, there was no bridge here, and we had to take the boat to get across, but I don‘t recall ever visit Pakse with my mom.  Today, Pakse is the capital of Champasak province in Laos, one of the… Continue reading Talat Dao Heuang Pakse New Market

Laos, Laos Trip, Travel, Wildlife

What Lies Behind This Curvy Road?

I’ve traveled along curvy roads before, but nothing like Highway 13 along Vang Vieng towards Luang Prabang, just the name tells you something and the many dangerous sharp curves made me even more nervous.  We would be traveling for hours, but didn’t get very far, just from this mountain to the next, as the road… Continue reading What Lies Behind This Curvy Road?