top10: The Slow Boat

At the beginning of the previous top10 post, Bangkok, I wrote that it would be the last one. I was wrong. Somehow I managed to forget about Laos; a huge oversight, as Laos was one of my favourite countries.

To get in to Laos, I took a bus from Chiang Mai to the border towns of Chiang Khong/Huang Xai and from there took the slow boat downriver to the amazing town of Luang Prabang. This installment of the top10s covers that journey.

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#10 – The Slow Boat
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Inside the boat. They separate backpackers and locals into different boats.

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#9 – The view from starboard
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Cruising downriver on day two of the journey.

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#8 – A Laos style houseboat
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Used for transporting goods up and down the Mekong.

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#7 – Fishing poles
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These were wedged into the rock all along the river; set up and ready to catch dinner.

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#6 – Laotian fisherman
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Fishing for his supper with a traditional basic rod and line; no reel.

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#5 – The shoreline
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This was the beautiful view for most of the journey downriver; dense jungle.

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#4 – Boats
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This was the main jetty at Huang Xai with the boats lined up ready for the long trip downriver to Luang Prabang.

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#3 – Cruising downriver
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Lou, looking out at the passing scenery.

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#2.1 & 2.2 – Riverside scenes
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A small herd of water buffalo grazing on the shore. Likely owned by one of the local villages.

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A small hut set up by the side of the river.

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#1 – A Laotian fishing village
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