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Mekong Monk Captain
Mekong River, Laos

{ Nikon D80 } – { 300mm } – { f/5.6 } – { 1/640s exposure } – { ISO 400 }

This Photograph was Featured on CNN.com

On Sunday, May 2, 2010, my Mekong Monk photograph was featured as the lead image on CNN.com Travel’s homepage, as well as in a slideshow about Laos.

My Mekong Monk photograph on the front page of CNN Travel
My Mekong Monk photograph on the front page of CNN Travel

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But enough about me… let’s get back to the real question.

Why is this Monk steering a boat up the Mekong River in Laos?

I seriously have no idea! In my travels, I have encountered countless Monks working on everything from building houses to selling prayer beads, this scene struck me as the most odd of all of them.

Here, a young Monk shuttles passengers across a wide stretch of the Mekong River in Northern Laos. Is he doing it for alms? Because it’s his Monkly duty? Because I took this photo from a passing boat, I’ll never know… but it’s fun to imagine.

Here’s the High-Resolution Photograph

Monk heading up a boat on the Mekong River in Laos
Monk heading up a boat on the Mekong River in Laos

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  • http://www.TravelingAnge.com Angela

    I really admire your photography. And the term you’ve coined, ‘Monkly’! Ha!

    • http://www.AdventuresofaGoodMan.com Greg Goodman

      Thanks so much Angela… I do enjoy making up words! :)