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Mekong river boat journey: Houixai, Pakbeng to Luang Prabang: 09 - 14 Feb 2007
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Boats landing at Pakbeng, Mekong river, northern Laos
Everyday boats from Luang Prabang and Houixai, carrying local and foreign travellers as well as cargo loads of various produces, come and stop for a night at Pakbeng. Next day morning the boat crew would wake up to make breakfast for themselves, boil water to fill the thermos (flasks) for coffee during the cruise, and start engines to get ready for another half of the journey.
A discarded log waiting to become firewood at a village
After all good parts of the felled (Padauk) log were taken, the least valuable part was left at the water edge on the Mekong river. It would later be cut to make fire wood, crude furniture such as roadside bench.
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