Savannakhet, Laos

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by BlairMacKay, Mar 18, 2010.

  1. BlairMacKay

    BlairMacKay Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 8, 2010
    Calgary, Alberta
    Savannakhet (Savan) is one of the largest cities in Laos. It was held in high regard by the French during colonial time as a trading post with Thailand. The city has a certain charm and is best veiwed by walking the uncrowded streets or having coffee in the local cafes.

    Savan was our favourite city in Laos by far. The crumbling French architecture is beautiful, the people are friendly and the city is super relaxed. The sounds of petang (bochi ball) can be heard all over town. Getting lost in the streets or drinking a coconut on the Mekong were our favourite ways of enjoying Savan.

    French building

    Centre Square



    Gov't Building




    Breaking coconuts

    Marina at a cafe

    Thanks for looking, C&C welcome and appreciated!
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  2. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    Blair, thank you so much for continuing to show your fascinating trip photos... This does sound like a wonderful city with so much history, as well as the more relaxed and uncrowded atmosphere and these great sights you've shared here.

    I particularly find your color photographs to be really enjoyable. Naturally these are only my own reactions. The colors of the objects, buildings, etc., in them give the images more impact...and, for me, they also engage me much more in the scenes themselves and give me a feeling of being there through your eyes. I really can't say which is my "favorite" because I enjoy looking at them all. There's always a certain extra pull when I see monks in their saffron robes...and there's no denying that that little girl who was looking right at you as her father (?) was cutting open the coconuts is awfully cute!

    Many thanks, Blair!
  3. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    I agree with BB Blair, your colour images have a much stronger 'presence' and draw my attention into the scene.

    Thank you so much for sharing your adventures with us here!


  4. BlairMacKay

    BlairMacKay Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 8, 2010
    Calgary, Alberta
    Thanks guys! My orignal plan was to have to whole set in B&W but once I saw the pictures on the big screen I decided to keep most of them in color. The blues and reds on the streets really stick out.
  5. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    Blair the colors really are such a huge part of those images. Not having been where you've been, I can't comment on reality...but sometimes the real thing just craves the reality of color. I love a great black and white photograph, don't get me wrong but those scenes that we saw of yours in color made me feel as though I were there. To my mind that's a pretty good thing.
  6. BlairMacKay

    BlairMacKay Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 8, 2010
    Calgary, Alberta
    Thanks, it was a great spot to take pictures. There was no traffic and the spot just felt timeless.e
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