|We continued our trip up the Mekong.This section has steeper banks and is more rugged - less farming. The river is swift and has many reefs and whirlpools. Our captain doesn't use any charts as apparently learning to navigate the river is a skill passed on through families. The captain's wife and small son are aboard and the little boy who is about three often sits in front of the steering wheel, talking, playing and watching. The boat is excellent - it could carry up to 80 passengers but the nine people in our group have it to ourselves. It has comfortable seats, open side, a retractable roof and an eating area as well as a living section at the back for the captain and his family.
The temperature has been perfect - mid-20's.
We arrived at the Thai-Lao border about 4pm on day 2. We had to fill in departure papers on the Laos side, then take a small boat across to the Thai side to fill in entry papers.
Then all of us plus a couple of extras and all our luggage piled into a small pickup truck for a short drive to our hotel. We are in a very nice guest house in Chiang Khong
overlooking the river.