Luang Prabangis at the confluence of Both of the rivers that come together at Luang Prabang are souces of food and entertainment.This day was arranged by Gerry O'Brien. In his usual low-key manner, he had arranged for us to go on a boat up the Mekong -- with the brother of one of the workers at the guest house.
Although we had seen the river many times, its depth and flow are very deceptive, because it is so brown. The river moves quite fast in places, and there are many rocks along the way.
The Mekong actually goes all the way down to Vientiane, and you can do the trip when the river has more water -- for about $23, and you can take a slow boat or a fast boat. There is also a boat to Chiang Rai in Thailand.
Before the Friendship Bridge was built, there were no bridges across the Mekong, and the river is still a significant barrier to transport along its route. On the other side from LP, there are villages where people do not have clothes, and villages where people wear bark and leaves for clothes. This is on the margin of civilization, in some ways.
The pictures speak for themselves. We had a marvellous opportunity to travel with these wonderful people, and to experience this beauty first hand.