- Posted September 29, 2013 by
Luang Prabang, Laos
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Photo essays: Your stories in pictures
The Path Less Traveled
After arriving to the World Heritage Site, it becomes clear why this place is so important to preserve. It is a sleepy town with an early to bed, early to rise, traditional lifestyle. It provides a safe and relaxing getaway from the hustle and bustle of a big city. Lao PDR is one of the world's least developed countries with a population of only 6 million. There is natural beauty here with diverse ethnicities and ethno-linguistic backgrounds.
If you want to experience a more authentic trip to this destination, it's best to go during low season, which is from April-September. It is during this period where the locals have more free time to spend with curious and lost foreigners. High season becomes hectic and all the locals are busy with their shops, trying to make enough money to tide them over until the next high season.
This photo was taken to show an inquisitive connection between a local and foreigner. With smiles afterward, she stopped to practice her English. It is in this town, without a map and without a clue, that you should take the path less traveled. The kindness and serenity is possibly all you need to find yourself headed in the right direction.