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The gold points of Pha That Luang, Laos' national symbol, in Ventiane, the capital city.  
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A food stall open for business at night on the banks of the Mekong River in Vientiane. They sell several types of fresh and roasted fish.  
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Lush green scenery in the mountains of Laos.  
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Wats (temples) like this one line all of the streets in the ancient capital of Luang Prabang, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In this tiny town of only two main parallel streets about a mile long, there are more than 30 wats.  
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Monks' robes drying on a line in Luang Prabang.  
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Two young girls ride around on a bike after school gets out in Luang Prabang.  
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Young monks peer out of the doors of their temple home. Though monks are not allowed to touch women, they are very friendly to everyone and are eager to practice their English skills.  
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Two modes of transportation: Tuk tuks (like motorcycle taxis), which are everywhere in Southeast Asia, and cars, which are much less frequently used.  
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Sunlight falls on the cushions set on the floor in front of the altar to Buddha in a wat.  
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A staple food in Southeast Asia, sticky rice is set out in the sun to dry.  
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Monks gather in the wat to pray several times a day, creating a beautiful chant that can be heard throughout the town. Light from the late afternoon sun illuminates one young monk's robe.  
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At night the main street in Luang Prabang fills with local vendors selling goods like umbrellas, shirts, scarves, jewelry, lanterns, and woodwork.  
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A woman and her children wait for customers at their lantern stall.  
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A poignant daily early morning ritual, townspeople gather to give alms to the town monks, who walk single-file silently around the town wearing baskets to collect the offerings, usually in the form of rice or biscuits.  
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Longboats on the muddy waters of the Mekong River, which runs down the length of Laos and into Cambodia.  
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