Photo submission to BBC news “In Pictures”

BBC News has a page called In Pictures and they publish reader’s submissions at the bottom of the page under the appropriately-named Your Pictures.  Each week they publish a gallery of submissions based around a different theme.  This week’s theme is “Comfort”: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/8480321.stm

During the week of February 16 the theme is “water” and I have submitted this picture, taken in Laos on my backpacking trip last winter:

Who: Julie K. Hull
What: Mekong River Sunset
Where: Mekong River – Vientiane, Laos (Lao/Thai border)
When: January 11, 2009

With a population of just half a million people, Vientiane is the capital of Laos, Southeast Asia’s most sparsely populated country and the most bombed nation on earth.  Many people die each year from unexploded ordnance (UXO) left over from the Indochina War.  Located on the banks of the Mekong River, Vientiane is full of rich contrast which hints at the country’s troubled past: noodles and baguettes, Buddhist monasteries and French architecture, rice paddies and tree-lined streets.  Life is decidedly slower in this skyscraper-less corner of the world that has been called ‘Southeast Asia’s biggest village,’ but steer clear of the Mekong River’s Lao-Thai border at night because Lao militia have been known to shoot at boats after dark!

If you see it up there, let me know!  🙂