|On the morning of the 10th, we took boat across the Mekong to enter Laos. Then we boarded a slow boat for the two-day journey down the Mekong to Luang Prabang. The Mekong was wide and brown with lots of little eddies and swirls in it, but our captain had no problems navigating through the beautiful tropical mountains. Occasionally we'd see a boat, but otherwise the river ws empty. Along the riverbanks, we saw straw shelters shere the farmers take a break while tending their upland rice fields, which we saw along the way. Our group had a boat of our own and enjoyed sleeping, talking, and playing cards. The crew was very nice, and we had a :ao guide along for our questions. In the late afternoon, we docked in the little town of Pak Beng, which was charming. The people were very friendly. Sabaidee is the word for hello, and they loved to eoxchange it with us. The children were especially friendly. The town had a few hotels, restaurants, and of course markets for fresh produce, grilled meat, and snacks. Dragonfruit, Langonberry, Jack Fruit, Bananas, Mangoes, Apples, oranges, cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers are plentiful. At night we had a nice Lao dinner at our hotel, which our tour guide ordered for us. The next morning we awoke to roosters in the morning and a view of the sleepy Mekong.