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I want to start by saying Happy Mother’s day to all the mamas reading this post today, especially my own mom and grandmothers. My mom has been one of my biggest fans and supporters in my travels and zany career pursuits! She gave me the gifts of independence, financial responsibility, and creativity that have made me who I am. I wouldn’t be the world traveler I am today if it weren’t for her special brand of parenting. I love you Mama!

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Photographically this was a challenging week. Challenging because I did almost nothing worth taking pictures of. In Vientiane, Laos, I did little other than come down with a horrible bout of food poisoning/mystery illness and have a dramatic run in with the law (details to come). Then I spent the second half of the week in Bangkok where I did not more than flop around in the luxury of my amazing hotel room. Hence, all my Photo of the Week prospects are from one day!

This Photo of the Week project has been funny like this… some weeks I put aside over twenty photos from each day of the week and feel that there is no way I can possibly narrow things down. Other weeks I’m scraping through wondering how I managed to take not even one decent photo!

Photo A

At the Buddha Park in Vientiane. On the left, taken by me, on the right, taken of me.

Photo B

Aerial view of the Vientiane Buddha Park.

Photo C

And yet another of the Buddha Park!

Photo D

And finally something a bit different… taken at the herbal Lao-style sauna in Vientiane. Probably my favorite image of the week but unfortunately taken with my point and shoot so not the best quality.

What do you think? Leave a vote for your favorite in the comments below!

  • Fidel
    May 13 2012

    Photo B! I love natural framing photos. That is an amazing picture.

    Sorry to hear about your bought with food sickness. Feeling better?

    What hotel in BKK did you splurge at?
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    • Meihoukai
      May 14 2012

      Thanks Fidel! My stomach has recovered… it was one of those awful 24 hours of misery things. As for the hotel, it was the Four Points by Sheraton. I used the points I won at the New York Times Travel Show! (see my review for the whole story!)

  • wes
    May 13 2012

    D is a shoe-in for me.

    • Meihoukai
      May 14 2012

      Glad to hear we have the same opinion šŸ™‚

  • Emma
    May 13 2012

    Photo C!

  • Dad
    May 13 2012

    B…I agree with Fidel

  • John
    May 13 2012

    Photo B for sure. I love natural frames.
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  • Rachel
    May 13 2012

    I’m liking D.
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  • Hannah
    May 13 2012

    Definitely D – I would put that on my wall right now šŸ™‚
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    May 13 2012


  • Laura @Travelocafe
    May 13 2012

    I love the Aerial view of the Vientiane Buddha Park in photo B. Amazing shot of some amazing place.
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    • Meihoukai
      May 14 2012

      It really is a cool spot, isn’t it! I have a full post to come with many more photos and the whole story behind the place.

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    May 13 2012


  • Andrea
    May 13 2012

    I like photo B, it’s an interesting composition with the stone framing the edges. šŸ™‚
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  • Krista C.
    May 14 2012

    Photo B is my choice, although I love all of the options.
    I hope you are feeling better, nothing like being sick while traveling. I always wish I was home whenever I’m ill.

    • Meihoukai
      May 14 2012

      It was definitely a low point, especially while adjusting to traveling solo. Nothing makes you feel lonely like having to throw your own pity party!

  • Grandma Burr
    May 14 2012

    I vote for B

  • Sarahsomewhere
    May 14 2012

    Hmm I’ll go for D, Love the colours and the simplicity, I love tea!!!!
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  • Anna
    May 14 2012

    Photo B definitely; I love the natural framing that the rocks provide even though I love the angle of Photo D.
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  • Heather
    May 14 2012

    D! Love the many colours of tea.

  • Photo B! Lovely framing.
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  • Edna
    May 16 2012

    B — love the framing!
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