January 5, 2024 - Comments Off on Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

In the winter of 2016 I felt impulsive and had been thinking about how long it was since I travelled to Asia and what it had meant to me. The first trip I ever had to the region was to Thailand in the early 2000s with dad and my brother and another family from Madeira was a real opening experience. It was not very long after The Beach had been filmed, a film I will admit ignited a fire in me about seeing more of the world.

It was cold in London as expected and I remember there was just the whisper of snow appearing before taking flight - the day after my birthday with a special night in Dalston to celebrate.

I approached that trip with a very open mind, perhaps too open as it got me in some difficult situation in Hanoi no more than a few days into the trip. What came from this experience, for example to believe that Hanoi would be a warm place - was so out of reality. Hanoi was almost as cold as London and I was wearing my jacket at all times. Apart from that, there was nothing stopping me from exploring the city and I was glad I'd chosen myself the freedom to plan some of the trip from there, being open to a return to Cambodia, possibly even a little adventure in Thailand and Singapore was either not an impossible idea. I had a bunch of film rolls with me and no book on the country, not a very wide set of preconceptions at all. The only thing I was set up with was prepared cash from London, and an idea about travel routes within Vietnam. The train to Ho Chi Minh really had an appeal, and I seeked the idea both from Hanoi and later Ho Chi Minh but decided not too, as I ran out of time and I believe demand was extra high also.

The images I share here are from the second tail of the trip, I decided to fly out of Hanoi coldness to Luang Prabang, whom a friend of mine from Seattle - Matt recommended me as he'd done this route himself. He shared a good amount of info to digest, a good starting point. One-way tickets, surely with the need to feel the temperature and vibe of the place. The trip had a real turning point coming there, as to how to feel about a place. Hanoi had me into some edge and Luang Prabang felt like an enchanting quiet hub; I wanted to believe good things even though my knowledge of the history of Laos keeps me very wary and on the lookout. Once, in the company of the tempels and monks I thought I would be fine, it was intriguing and like a dream to see this place.

Published by: Joachim in Blog

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