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The Mighty Mekong
May 27, 2014
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The Mighty Mekong

Once I made it in to Laos I got on a slow boat that would take me down the Mekong River eventually arriving to Luang Prabang. The only catch? It was a 2-day boat trip. I was actually looking forward to the experience and entered to Loas from north Thailand for this very reason.

The Mekong is one of the world’s great rivers, originating from Tibet and flowing through Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. The scenery along it is meant to be beautiful. Before leaving I grabbed a fresh baguette sandwich (Loas was also once colonized by the french) since I didn’t know when I would eat next. I boarded the boat and had a look around, all of the seats were from old-school minivans….it was quite a sight. Where did they find all of these seats? I sat down and settled down for the long haul. The boat slowly snaked down the Mekong River for 6 hours that day giving way to beautiful mountains, temples and villages along the way. At 5pm we arrived to the small town of Pakbeng for our evening accommodations.

On our way to the boat!

This is the bridge that connects Laos and Thailand, it took all but one minute to cross. When the boat journey began, Thailand was on the right while Laos was on the left.

Boat trip snack- scallop flavored potato chips! While I love scallops, these were absolutely disgusting!

Inside the boat- check out all the car seats!

Pakbeng

Only one street in the whole city!

Loved this little baby, he was wearing all-natural diapers.

Eating Lapp (sticky rice, minced meat and spices), Laos national dish in a traditional way…..with my hands!

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