Friday’s Photo of the Week (Monks in Laos)

One of the general rules in Buddhist countries it to not take pics of monks without permission.

It is a bit of a tricky conundrum since I am not a fan of posed photos. I prefer to capture the moment as it happens. I still try to respect the local traditions.

Sometimes life offers up opportunities too good to pass up…

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Such as in Vientiane, where the wats are big and the number of monks required many, so trucking them about between temples becomes a necessity best suited to a sawngthaew (literally ‘two rows’) pick-up truck.

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And when the young saffron-robed monk hoists up his own digital camera… on the banks of the Mekong en route from Pak Beng to Huay Xai… well… that’s just an invitation to snap a pic back.

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