Lisa Kopf, For the Baltimore Sun
December 1, 2010
Last summer my husband and I took a trip to Japan, Thailand and Laos. Luang Prabang, the ancient capital city of Laos, was one of our favorite places that we stayed. After a two day boat trip down the Mekong river, we arrived there and found a comfortable guest house to stay in across the street from one of the many Buddhist temples. In the morning we were eating breakfast at a noodle shop along the banks of the river, when I noticed these two monks paddling across the river. They landed in the reeds right below where we were sitting as I took this picture. I like this photo because for me it sums up the feeling of having traveled back in time to a land that moves at a much slower pace than ours.