Last Thoughts on Laos

Laos was not a country I was prepared to like. I’d opted to visit based solely on enthusiastic but vague recommendations from other travelers — they’d all had wonderful things to say about the place, but were never able to completely illuminate what, specifically, all that wonder was pinned to. And now, a full two…

people chasing monks luang prabang

Feed the Monks!

I was barely awake and not six inches outside my hotel gate in Luang Prabang before the woman caught sight of me. “Feed the monks!” she cried, shoving a woven basket full of tiny bananas at me. “Bananas, very good for monks. You feed the monks, the monks come here!” It took me a moment…