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Chiang Rai, Chiang Khong, Houixai, Boat to Pakbeng, Luang Prabang; Nong Kiau (Muang Ngoy Mai), Muang Ngoy Kao (11 - 17 April 2008)
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Inside a private slow boat on Mekong river
Private slow boat gives you relative flexibility and comfort, choice to visit the places you want along the river, and of course the privacy you want provided the boat gets to the sleeping destination before or at sunset time for safety reason.
A lady panning for gold from her boat on Mekong river
2:45 p.m. afternoon heat could not stop this lady from panning for gold from her paddle boat on the Mekong river. The green grass, rocks and sand in between plus the browny water - the combination which we would never relate to the gold this lady was expecting after the seemingly endless hours of efford.
A place to take a rest on Mekong river
The lives on the Mekong river we have seen so far are all related to the river. This would always be true for these people living on the river. Where we live, many of us long to have many things including a nice bed in a large wooden comfy house surrounded by a green garden and a pool, good skin and beauty, impression, love, respect, trust and the list goes on.
Fishermen and gold panners on the Mekong river also need a rest or a nap between the works. This small improvised bed in the shade of rocks as well served the need for comfort of the lives on the Mekong river.
Travel on Mekong river the local way
Two small kids and the mother under the umbrella; the one in the back was paddling the boat, and the older kid with another paddle at the forward for look out and help with direction.
Pak Ou caves or Tham Ting on Mekong riverside, opposite the Nam Ou river
Monks collecting alms in Luang Prabang
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