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Laos: Boat to Luang Prabang on the Mekong River
May 10-11, 2006

We spent the night in Chiang Khong, on the Thai side of the river, and early the next morning, took a little motorized wooden ferry over the river and crossed into Laos.  From there, we took a river boat down the Mekong River for two days to reach Luang Prabang.  The ride down the river was enjoyable; we saw fishermen with their nets, hill tribe villages, lots  of green hills and the occasional speedboat noisily zipping past us, its occupants sporting crash helmets.


backpackers enter the boat

baby on board

Locals and tourists stare at each other.

a village on the hillside

Waiting for breakfast in Pakbeng

Buddhist boat

a lone fisherman

Arrival at Luang Prabang

Young touts wait for the tourists to disembark from the boat.

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