The Luang Prabang Local Market In Fine Detail

Whenever I travel, I always get amazed at how some places lend themselves so easily to great photographs. Hoi An, Seoul and virtually any beach in the Philippines are the photogenic places that instantly come to mind from my travels. Though I am by no means a professional,I love taking pretty pictures, the kind that can hold a memory of a moment intact long after that moment and that adventure has passed. I love looking at pictures I took from my travels and being reminded of how it felt to be there, what the weather was like, what I was listening to, who I was with.

Jen and I finding the Luang Prabang local market was by all means a moment of serendipity. Every traveler has one of those - you take a wrong turn in a little alley and find yourself not in the place you were headed for, but in a place you prefer much more anyway. We had just witnessed the alms giving ritual very early in the morning, and were looking for some breakfast and coffee to wake us up. Eventually we found ourselves in a little alley with stalls and stores that sold the most interesting things. Local markets are always vibrant and full of life, which is probably why they make such ideal settings for interesting photographs.

I took so many photos of the Luang Prabang local market but these are perhaps my favorites. They don't capture the entirety of the market, but instead its little details - from writhing live insects, spices with colors as rich as their flavors, to the most delicious deep-fried sausages. 

In your own travels, which places have you found to be the most photogenic?


Ephraim Arriesgado said...

Wow! Your shots are very beautiful and colorful. :)

Turista Trails said...

I'm always fascinated by gardens so I seem to enjoy framing parts of one whenever I make a visit that has a garden.

Daene | Filipina in Flip Flops said...

Ephraim: Thanks so much for the kind words! I still have a long way to go when it comes to photography, but I'm trying to learn as best as I can. :)

Daene | Filipina in Flip Flops said...

Turista Trails: I like gardens too! From well manicured ones to ones that are slightly unkempt, they all have a unique poetic beauty to them. I especially like gardens with old, sad-looking statues - they're hauntingly beautiful. :)

paul | walkflypinoy said...

I find old towns and markets intrinsically photogenic. The same goes for otherworldly landscapes. Hoping to head to LP soon. Yep, haven't been. I hate myself.

Daene | Filipina in Flip Flops said...

Paul: I agree! Old towns are also a joy to photograph. I know you love Hoi An too - it's such a quaint little ancient town. I miss it terribly.

As for otherworldly landscapes, I felt the area surrounding Mt. Pinatubo was like that. Would someday hope to hike up Mt. Roraima - it looks quite fascinating as well. :)

Thanks for the visit! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi. Just want to asked if you have the itinerary and total of travel expenses on this trip. And how did you get to Laos. Thanks!

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