Kratie and the Irrawaddy Dolphins

4 hours on a small cramped bus and I was finally at my destination. A small unremarkable town in the middle of nowhere. It is such a quiet place it literally closes up at 9.30. Shops, restaurants everything, the full town just shuts down. Not a lot here for the Hobo you might think, or is there????

Irrawaddy Dolphins

This is as exciting as it gets

 

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The shortest customs chase scene in Thailand

After my all too brief stint of volunteering at the Daauw home in Houay Xai it was time to leave Lao (my visa had run out) and head into Northern Thailand. My first stop was to cross the water into Chiang Khong. There used to be regular small ferry boats crossing the Mekong from Houay Xai into Chiang Khong but now a new bridge with new border stations at either end has been built several kilometers from these towns so the ferries have stopped and most people drive right on passed these two towns. This is really going to effect the tourism here and kill them off. Continue reading

Slow boat up the Mekong, or Mekong 2

My first meeting with the mighty Mekong was in Vietnam.

Mekong

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 Continue reading