What has two wheels and an umbrella?

It wasn’t until we saw the third or fourth person riding a scooter with an umbrella (on our first afternoon in Luang Prabang, Laos) that we realized it was “a thing”. It wasn’t raining—the umbrellas were simply shade from the sun. Often if two people were riding, the person in back would hold the umbrella for the person in front. We were completely charmed.

A few days later I went out in the afternoon, with the sun beating down, to take a few shots. I realized then it wasn’t just scooters with umbrellas—people on bicycles rode with umbrellas too.

Riding a bicycle with an umbrella in Luang Prabang, Laos
It’s 32°C: do you wear a sweatshirt hood or carry an umbrella?

Riding a bicycle with an umbrella in Luang Prabang, Laos
Bicycles with matching umbrellas, too cute

Riding a scooter with an umbrella in Luang Prabang, Laos
Holding an umbrella and purse while scooting

Riding a scooter with an umbrella in Luang Prabang, Laos
Passenger holding the umbrella

Riding a scooter with an umbrella in Luang Prabang, Laos
Not everyone scoots with an umbrella

Riding a bicycle with an umbrella in Luang Prabang, Laos
Small bike, small umbrella

Riding a scooter with an umbrella in Luang Prabang, Laos
Scooter bridge! (and Winnie-the-Pooh umbrella)

Riding a bicycle with an umbrella in Luang Prabang, Laos
Splash of color

Riding a scooter with an umbrella in Luang Prabang, Laos
Sun caught in the side view mirror

Riding a scooter with an umbrella in Luang Prabang, Laos
3 girls 2 umbrellas

Riding a bicycle with an umbrella in Luang Prabang, Laos
“Talk to the umbrella, girlfriend!”