Slow boat up the Mekong, or Mekong 2

My first meeting with the mighty Mekong was in Vietnam.

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Village on the Mekong

Now hundreds of miles further north I was going to be on the river again for 2 days taking the slow boat from Luang Prabang north to the border town of Huay Xai. Luckily the boats are a bit more comfortable then the slow boats on the Nam Ou river. Fitted with proper front facing double seats looking for all the world like stolen car seats. Seeing as it was a long slow journey with little happening apart from a one night stay in Pak Beng a village in the middle of nowhere its still noteworthy for the scenery and views of the locals life as we sailed up the river. With this in mind this blog will be a photo blog with pictures and a brief description underneath.

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Buddhist Temple

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Family living on a boat

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Woman fishing with a version of a Chinese fishing net

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Young monks washing in the river.

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Local fishermen

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Local fishermen checking their nets

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Boat coming into the riverbank. The young boys job was to jump of the boat and anchor it using that metal pole which he jammed into the ground then tied the boat up.

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The crew of our proud vessel. I think that one lad is checking beneath the seats for dropped kip.

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The same trip can be done in 5-6 hours by speed boat. A bumpy back breaking ride with no shelter from the rain.

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Longtail boat taking locals upriver

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Bend in the Mekong river

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The views are stunning when its not raining

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Children playing on the riverbank

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You can tell by the clothes these are pretty poor kids but they still made the effort to wave as we went past

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Stilted houses on the river bank. As you can see there is no docks and boats just drive onto the bank to load and unload

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As you can see all the seats are car seats. Unfortunately they did not tilt back

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More children playing on the river bank

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Just managed to catch this kid as he dove backwards into the river

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