Photo Moment: The Golden Stupa of Vientiane

The Golden Stupa (Pha That Luang Temple) in Vientiane is the most magnificent stupa in Laos and also one of the most recognizable. The ashes of kings of different dynasties and accomplished monks are preserved here, and it is believed to hold a relic of the Lord Buddha. It is the national symbol and pride of Laos, and a symbol of both Buddhist religion in Cambodia and sovereignty in Laos. The 45 meters tall golden stupa was built in 1566 Continue Reading →

Photo Moment: The Misty Mountains of Halong Bay, Vietnam

This photo was taken just before sunset in Halong Bay, Vietnam.  We had just dropped anchor for the evening to spend our first night on a traditional junk boat.  Obviously, I’ve had a bit of photo-processing fun with this image.  I’ve inverted some of the colors to make it look more like a painting.  What do you think?

Vietnam’s Cu Chi Tunnel System

One special area just outside of Ho Chi Minh City played an extraordinary part in Vietnamese history just over 35 years ago. John and I are both interested in the history of the Vietnam War, so a visit to Cu Chi Tunnel system, Ben Duoc Tunnel has been on both our bucket lists for some time now. Located 70km North-West of Ho Chi Minh City, this unique architectural structure forms a system of underground tunnels spanning over 200km in length. Continue Reading →