The Faces of Laos

Faces of Laos - Hmong Girl in Headdress

With no glitzy malls or sparkling beaches to call its own like neighboring Thailand, and without the cache of traveling to Vietnam, Laos just might be one of the most underappreciated countries on what is known as the Banana Pancake Trail.

After my recent trip, though, I’m beginning to realize that Laos’ greatest resources are its land and its people. It felt strange to drive by long stretches of undeveloped land. How long that will last is a disheartening guessing game, most likely accelerated by its accession to the World Trade Organization in early February 2013. In the meantime, I’d like to share with you just a few photos of the beautifully gentle people of Laos.

Children of the Hmong minority villages

Faces of Laos - Hmong children

Faces of Laos (7 of 18)
Faces of Laos (12 of 18)
Faces of Laos (6 of 18)

Faces of Laos 3 (1 of 2)

Faces of Laos 2 (3 of 4)

Faces of Laos 3 (2 of 2)

Ridiculously Photogenic Monk

Faces of Laos 2 (2 of 4)

The Women of Laos

Old Woman in Vang Vieng (1 of 1)

Faces of Laos (8 of 18)

Faces of Laos 2 (4 of 4)

Faces of Laos 2 (1 of 4)

Faces of Laos (18 of 18)

Faces of Laos (17 of 18)

The Men of Laos

Faces of Laos (1 of 18)

Faces of Laos (15 of 18)

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  1. [email protected]

    Lovely collection of an even lovelier people.
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    1. James Post author

      Really? I can’t believe you didn’t see any while in LP! The surrounding areas are full of minority villages. Not necessarily authentic, but still!

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