Coffee and Tea, Crazy Colours and Falling Waters ~ Last of the Southwestern Laos Impressions (Attapeu V)
Some trips are such a jumble of colours and textures that they more closely resemble a crazy quilt than a tidy tapestry. So it was for me on the short trip to Attapeu Province in Southwestern Laos in January: a mix of Wats (temples), waterfalls and monuments; rural plantations and rough-board housing rubbing shoulders with chic French-style coffee shops; dusty streets with brightly coloured clothing; and ‘peaceful’ monks racing over sun-lit sands.
So, this last post in the Attapeu series is a scrapbook of scattered impressions; a crazy quilt of clashing colours and cultural contrasts.
Washing Away Any Sins ~ Wat Pra-ong San Sukharam, Ban Sakae, Attapeu
Monks' Dormitories ~ Wat Pra-ong San Sukharam (วัดพระองค์แสนสุขสําราญ)
Airing the Orange ~ Monks' Cloths, Wat Pra-ong San Sukharam, Ban Sakae
Morning Blues: Rinsing the Bike in the Xe Kong, Attapeu, Laos
Purple and Red! A Child's Coat Brightens the Dusty Street Scene, Attapeu Market
Is it Cool Enough Yet? Oye Man Checking the Temperature of the Clay Pit Kiln, Ban La Yao
White and Gold Against a Cloudy Sky : With War on One Wall and Peaceful Agrarian Industry on the Other : The Two Nations (Laos and Vietnam) Monument, Attapeu
Golden Comrades in Arms: Lao and Viet Soldiers at The Two Nations Monument, Attapeu
Colours on the Beach ~ Monks on the Run ~ Attapeu
Shades of Lao Coffee, Bolaven Plateau
Green and Dusty: Coffee Bush, Bolaven Plateau
Contrasting Bedding ~ Airing the Blankets ~ Coffee Grower's House, Bolaven Plateau, Laos
The Coffee Planter's Wife Taking Time Out ~ Out of the Heat of the Day
C'est Charmante! A Little Piece of France ~ Sinouk Coffee Resort and Café, Lakkhao, Laos
Fresh Green Tea Leaves, Pakxong, Bolaven Plateau
Still-Life: Basket of Tools for the Tea Harvest, Pakxong, Bolaven Plateau
Still Waters: Kong Dung Waterfall... Waterfall? Where?
Bridge to the Pasuam Waterfall: Constructed from Locally Recovered Driftwood
On the Bridge: Visiting Soul Sisters ~ The Kmer Buddhist Nun and Her Cambodian Friend
Orange and Green: Buddhist Monk from Cambodia at Pasuam Waterfall, Laos
Monks' Day Out: Photographing Each Other, Pasuam Waterfall, Laos
Nature at Work: Pasuam Waterfall
‘Till next time ~ enjoy your days in full colour, and happy travels.