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Mekong river boat to Luang Prabang; Udomxai, Luang Namtha, Muang Sing, Xieng Kok, Houixai during Mekong flood (06 - 14 August 2008)

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A simple village hut in Ban Hon Sai Tai, Kamu people
A simple village hut in Ban Hon Sai Tai (Kamu people)

There were coconut trees, corn, goats, chicken and pigs. There were carpenters and fishermen in the village too.

Local villagers traveling in a boat on Mekong river
Local villagers travelling in a boat on Mekong river

Afternoon boat on the Mekong river between the hills
Lao flag on the boat on the Mekong river between the hills.

At 3:30pm we were crusing down toward Pakbeng. The rain had stopped for the moment while the wind blowing away the gray clouds to some where else, and bamboo pole trying to keep itself and the weathered Lao flag in one piece together.

Pakbeng boat landing
The boat landing at Pakbang, Mekong river.

Pakbeng is about middle location between Luang Prabang and Houixai. It used to be a quiet village of fishermen and a boat landing entertaining just few boats a day. Nowadays the small town is a place of trade and tourism. Until 7 or 8 years ago it was still a small stop over port for a couple of passenger boats going each way between Houixai and Luang Prabang. No one know if it is for good, the place has been developed to become a small tourist town.

Ban Khok Ek, Lao Luang people
A house in Ban Khok Ek (Lao Luang people)

In the next day we left Pakbeng before 10am. Light rain which started early in the morning had not stopped yet. Everywhere it was misty, wet and green. In the sky were clouds, on the river were floating tree branches. Before noon we arrived at Ban Khok Ek under the rain. The village of Lao Luang people looked a bit more prosperous than Ban Hon Sai. There were corn, rice, chicken and ducks, pigs, goats, vegetable plots, coconut palms, a couple of grocery stores, a Buddhist monastery and a school.

Monks having lunch at Ban Khok Ek monastery
Two monks having lunch at Ban Khok Ek monastery

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