Mekong Diaries #4 Mekong Cruise to Luang Prabang


Laos (ສປປ ລາວ), officially known as the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), is a nation in Southeast Asia, known for its mountainous terrain, French colonial architecture, hill tribe settlements, and Buddhist monasteries. A mountainous and landlocked country, Laos shares borders with Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south, Thailand to the west, and Myanmar and China to the north.

Entering Laos we immediately noticed that we are in one of the poorest countries in the world and Asia‘s poorest.

We crossed the border to Laos. The checkpoint hinted already that we are entering now a communistic country and reminded on border crossing to East Block countries in the 80‘s, just with Asien style.
Mekong Slowboats are waiting in Houey Xai.
Speedboats can do the trip to Luang Prabang in 1 day, they are crazy and said to be dangerous...
Shompoo Cruise proofed to be a good choice and provided us with a comfortable boat for the 2 days trip.

The Village

I have seen many villages or rural sites across the world but this village at the shore of the Mekong was the most underdeveloped I have ever visited. No water supply, no electricity and extremely basic huts and for the first time no smartphones. Nevertheless, the children seemed happy and very caring about each other, like detecting lices (Läuse) or looking after their little brothers and sisters. There was a kind of maturity without having lost childhood - very impressive for a Western that is used to iPad zombies.

View from our hotel room in Pakbeng, Laos.
The Mekong Cruise - Day 2
Harbour village
Swiss Lays chips everywhere. Baguette, croissant and Pastis, too
Ready to take off for the 2nd day, 170km to Luang Prabang
Mekong, a dream came true
Snake whiskey
I stick with Beerlao, their dark lager is REALLY good!
Although a Paulaner Weisse is €3 only, at the airport (!).
Welcome at the peer in Luang Prabang ❤️
UNESCO: Luang Prabang is an outstanding example of the fusion of traditional architecture and Lao urban structures with those built by the European colonial authorities in the 19th and 20th centuries. Its unique, remarkably well-preserved townscape illustrates a key stage in the blending of these two distinct cultural traditions.

We were not alone watching the famous sunset from Luang Prabang‘s temple at the hill:

The Laos believe that if you set a bird free you will enjoy good luck and happiness in the future.

Smartphonemania everywhere

A cold and rainy day

Perfect for a round of golf along the Mekong.

Luang Prabang is amazing but cold weather from the North forced Micha to buy a down jacket and the forecast does not look good either.
So what? Be liquid! We changed our plans and took a flight to the South. We will come back to Luang Prabang in several weeks when the weather is better.

To be continued...

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