Lai Heua Fai Nam in Pakse

By 19:30 hour we were fighting our way into the center of Pakse. It was so crowded and the traffic was crazy. I was still trying to get over a shock from witnessing an accident at the entrance of Ban Houaylao. A man was dead while on his motorbike with his mistress due to alcohol and reckless driving. His mistress was being transported by a Tuk Tuk to the hospital. As we were trying to make our way out of the crowd another accident almost occurred when a drunken teenager who was driving too fast almost hit a Tuk Tuk. People were screaming and cursing at him like crazy but he didn’t care and just sped off and almost drove into a fence.

When we finally found a parking spot and walked toward Wat Luang, it was too crowded and according to Aunt Phone it was too dangerous for me to be walking inside the temple with all the candles and all the fireworks going off indiscriminately. It was an easy call for her since a parade float was stuck at the door, blocking people from entering the already packed temple.


We headed off to Sala Kham to watch the Lai Heua Fai Nam ceremony. I felt brave enough to get a closer view of the ceremony by the riverbank. It was not such a good idea though since it was really dark and I found many broken glasses on the ground and sharp wires. I had a good pair of shoes on or else you would be reading a different story.

2 Comments

  1. Look like you had a lot of fun there.
    Good recording and pictures.
    I love your camera.

  2. I tried to make the best of the situation and had a fun time in Laos. I think the photos would have been better if I used flash but I only test a few photos with flash and the rest were relying on natural lights.

    I missed this tiny but powerful camera. I will have to get Panasonic Lumix TZ7 in the future.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.