The Mekong River in Laos

The Mekong River in Laos

One more of Alain Dayan’s films set on the rivers of SE Asia, this time finds the crew in Laos and sailing along the Mekong.

They start in the capital Vientiane, looking at the iconic Wat Pha That Luang, before heading down river to Pakse, to see how people make their living on the river.

There is an excursion to Wat Phou, a ancient, and quite ruined, Khmer Hindu temple dating at present from the 11th century. Part of the complex has now been converted to a Buddhist shrine, with some remarkable Buddha statues, one of which is the featured image.

We then travel to Si Phan Don, the four thousand islands archipelago, located along the Mekong, and see some of the life there, including an abandoned French-built 14 kilometre railway.

Later in the film we jump to the north and the ancient capital of Luang Prabang, which is such a photogenic city. We learn something of temple life and see some of its best temples, murals and statuary.

We also visit the Pak Ou Caves upstream from Luang Prabang, before heading out on the final part of the journey to see life in some tribal villages and meet a local shaman.


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