Ed in Asia travel blog

Mooooooo. Off to the slaughter house

Along the Mekong

Life on the Mekong. Can you spot all the on-board livestock?

Wat's that?

The local currency (Kip) is like Monopoly Money. I burned through this...

The easiest way to get to Luang Prabang in Laos from Thailand is to cross the border and take a speed boat up the Mekong River. However, the same rains that washed out the roads on our trek also filled the Mekong with debris, making the speedboat more dangerous. The booking agent we talked to suggested that we take the slow boat, requiring two days of about 6 hours on the boat each. Well, apparently that's what everyone else heard too, and when we arrived at the boat there were absolutely no seats left. Rather than send two boats, the organizers were kind enough to find us some plastic chairs so we could sit in the center isle of the boat and have everyone climb over us every time they needed the bathroom. But, despite my complaining, it was a good place to be since there is no way I would have fit in the bench seats and the plastic seat was more forgiving than wood. Fortunately the second day was much better thanks to more room on the boat and beautiful weather. We also met a number of other travelers that we run into frequently as we move further south in Laos.

Luang Prabang is a beautiful city, with pretty clear links to Laos' french colonial past. Defintely a very nice introduction to Laos.

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