India seems to be a place where different religions can co-exist, and even merge together, perfectly well. Even at the sarong stall.
It’s temples galore in Chaing Mai. At the entrance to the temples there are often statues of great serpents, or naga. This one was particularly beautiful.
I arrived in Chaing Mai, Thailand today after a LONG tuk-tuk/bus/tuk-tuk/boat/mini-bus journey.
I happened to be visiting this temple when a session of worship began. The monks sat and chanted for about half an hour, followed by some spoken prayers and the silent contemplation/meditation. I found it hard enough just sitting cross-legged for an hour.
Today is my final day in Laos and I spent it wandering around the city and visiting some of the beautiful temples. There’s a little hill in the middle of the city with wonderful views of the Mekong river.
Today I went cycling in and around the city of Luang Prabang. These monk robes were drying in the yard of one of the temples.
Day 141 was a 27 hour bus ride, including 4 hours at the Vietnam/Laos border.
Day 142, however, proved an absolute joy exploring the beautiful city of Luang Prabang, Laos. Local monks wander the streets in the bright orange robes and the whole place has a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere.