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Down the Mekong river on private slow boat to Luang Prabang (30 Dec 2009 - 03 Jan 2010)

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The sights and scenes of the riverside villages, the lives and cultures of peoples in these communities and their farms, and those who live on the river and the boats fill up the Mekong river valley of northern Laos. Paddy and corn fields, peanut or groundnut plantation in the sand, chicken and ducks, turkeys, cows and buffalos, pigs and goats, some small fruit and vegetable plots provide sort of food security along with factory products sold in the small village-stores.

Mekong river view from the village school
Mekong river view from the village school

The boat we used for our small private group
Our boat at a village. A speed boat could be seen dashing down the river in a noise

Panning for gold
Peoples panning for gold on the river bank

Tent camp on the sand
Tent camp on the sand

Villagers travelling in a boat
Villagers travelling in a boat

Another riverside village
Another riverside village

Buffalos and cows
Buffalos and cows

Road construction along the river
A road is under construction along the Mekong river

Villages on the river bank are connected to each other with walking trails. These trails follow close to the river in some places, and go inland in the places where there are rocks or cliffs. Basically on both banks of the rivers there are foot paths linking the villages including those in the higher hills and mountains. Some routes have been widen to become dirt roads cars can drive on.

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