The Mighty Mekong
Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
147Trip End May 30, 2013
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So nice to be able to wander about, ready, cat, and have a coffee all while watching beautiful mountain scenery and jungles pass you by. Unlike the speed boat option (one day vs. 2) which had people strapped into life vests and helmets while skittering across the very top of the water, unable to move, and knocking on death's door.
I don't think this is an easy river to navigate, speed boat or not. Being the dry season, the water is way down. We can see the markings on the shore where the water has risen to - maybe 5 or 6 meters and there are rocks everywhere
Day two the mountains grew while the river widened. Slowly more and more modernization was seen: bigger houses and more roads. The river wound in a way that it was now the sole division between Thailand and Laos. As we neared the border crossing we noticed all the difference between Thailand and Laos. Different styles of tuk-tuk and fancy things like street lights and water towers! Tomorrow we will make our way back into Thailand with our first border crossing by boat through no-mans land!