The That Dam in Vientiane is somewhat incongruous, now forming a roundabout in the middle of a city street.
Known as the ‘Black Stupa’, many locals believe this mythological structure was once inhabited by a seven-headed dragon (now dormant) that stood to protect the city from the threat of the Siamese. Another tale that does the rounds says that the gold that once graced the surface was taken when the Siamese army ransacked Vientiane back in 1828.
Taken and posted as a contribution to Paula’s Black and White Sunday with the theme of “always there”
The Mekong River forms the border between Laos and Thailand.
Laos and Thailand share a common border and both states have an interest in making the Mekong River “a river of true peace and friendship”—as their respective prime ministers called for in 1976—also provides a north-south artery during the rainy season.
Taken this afternoon and posted as a contribution to the Weekly Photo Challenge theme of partners
I’m struggling t o get out and shoot new photos at the moment – I am trying to run three days a week on my lunch break and it is dark in the mornings and evenings here in Wellington. Raewyn’s animal friend of the week challenge, however, gets my looking at my archives. Here is another one from my visit to the zoo a few weeks ago