Alms-giving ceremony for Buddhist monks in Luang Prabang

People wait to give alms to Buddhist monks during a daily alms-giving ritual at sunrise in Luang Prabang. IMAGES

Laotians build sand stupas during New Year celebrations

Worshippers in Laos carve on the sandy banks of Mekong river knee-high sand stupas known as ‘Toppathatsay’ decorated with images of beloved monks and holy flowers, as Lao New Year or “Pi Mai” celebrations draw thousands to the UNESCO-listed city of Luang Prabang.

‘Kung Fu’ red pandas settle into new Laos sanctuary

Three red pandas, nicknamed Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee and Peace, who survived being trafficked from China into Laos in cat-sized crates are making a new home for themselves in a wildlife sanctuary in the hills of the tourism town Luang Prabang after they were rescued in January.

Laos youngsters seek ladder out of poverty through religion

For many teenagers getting up before dawn to walk barefoot across town is the stuff of nightmares, but for hundreds of novice Buddhist monks in the Laotian city of Luang Prabang, it is part of a strict daily routine.