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Aug 1, 2010 - Zwischenstopp

Der erste Tag unserer Mekongfahrt auf einem Slowboat endete in Pakbeng, einer Stadt, die eigntich nur existiert, weil jeden Abend die Touristen auf halber Strecke zwischen Luang Prabang und Houay Xai Rast machen und eine Uebernachtungsmoeglichkeit brauchen. Schon am Bootsanleger stehen die Abgesdandten der unzaehligen Guesthouses und lauern auf die Touristen, die sich erschoepft von den unbequemen Booten quaelen. Wir hatten noch Glueck, ein sauberes Zimmer mit Ventilator (Klimaanlage Fehlanzeige) fuer keine 5 Euro; andere, die gemeint...

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May 28, 2010 - Pak Beng

28th May I'm on a boat!!!!! (lonely island). Infact i was on a boat for 12hours today. A proper local Lao long boat, none of this polished White plastic rubbish. Lay all day on a latted swayable deck chair nibbling, Reading, napping and looking at the scenery all accomponied by a breeze in my hair. Much better than a bus. Actually didn't want to get off when it was time. We clambered up the bank from the river and got in the back of a pick-up to our guest house where there is no hot water or electricity after 10.30 in the whole of the...

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Sep 22, 2009 - Slow, slow, slow your boat, gently down the Mekong

Taking the Slow Boat down the Mekong from Huay Xai in Northern Laos to Luang Prabang is pretty much a Must Do for travellers along this route. As the name suggests, the boats are slow. In fact, they are slower now than ever before as the development of 'roads' in Laos has meant the boat men can no longer make their money from transporting cargo so they transport Crazy Foreigners instead. The seats are narrow and wooden so seven or eight hours later you have learned to sit in every position known to man, woman or advanced yogi. Needless to...

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Trip Journal

Susan ar Strae 2009

Mar 6, 2009 - Mekong River - Pakbeng

The first day on the boat we made 1 stop at a tiny little village and took photos of some of the cutest children ever. They were amazed when I vido taped them and then showed them the video back. Too Cute. Mainly I napped (thank you graval) and read because really.. there isn't much else to do! We got to Pakbeng and little boys ran down the sand mountain to carry bags (lazy people used this service-yea child labour) We spent the night in Pakbeng (electricty for a few hours in the morning and evening.. nothing there). After a nice dinner of...

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Nov 16, 2008 - Pak Beng to Luang Prabang

Our second day on the cruise was just as great as the first day. We left early at 8am and cruised for a few hours until we arrived at another village. This village makes Rice Whiskey and we got to try some its quite strong and similar to Sake. In the afternoon we stopped at the Pak Ou Caves home to thousands of Buddha statues, most are 1 to 2 metres high, are made of wood or resin and coated with red or black lacquer and some with gold leafs. The two caves are set into a high vertical cliff face on the bank of the river and are reached by a...

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Nov 15, 2008 - Huay Sai to Pak Beng

We left Chiang Mai and took a 3 hour bus ride up to Chiang Rai, where we stayed for just one night. We were intending to stay longer there but we instead stayed longer in Chiang Mai as mentioned before, and we were happy with our decision. We did enjoy our afternoon wondering around Chiang Rai and getting an early night for our 6.30am pick up the next morning to take us to the Thai – Laos border. 2-day, 14-hour boat ride was waiting for us! We arrived in Chiang Kong in Thailand at 8.30am and it was a quick 1 minute boat ride across the...

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Nov 5, 2008 - Laos

Once we crossed the river from Thailand to Laos, it was a relatively short time from going through border patrol and currency exchange, until we were aboard our second boat of the day, but this time the boat would be our only mode of transport for the next 2 days. This was the begining of our 2 day trip down the Mekong River. From the very start it took my breath away. Such a huge, not only long but wide river, with a very strong current. Straddled on either side of this river are beautiful rolling green hills and mountains, dotted with...

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Oct 22, 2008 - Pakbeng

Wednesday Pak Beng is the first town we've visited that shows us Laos remains a third world country. After spending the day motoring up the Mekong River, this is the mid-way point to the Thai border. This is the town in which those traveling by “slow boat” stay. The village is tiny, but full of little hotels and restaurants. No power line runs here so the village is powered by generator. At 10 PM the generator shuts down and the town goes dark. It is also the first place where my GSM phone has received no signal. Pak Beng recently...

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Oct 18, 2008 - Goodbye Thailand, hello Laos

Getting a bus from Chiang Mai to the Lao border proved a bit trickier than we'd expected - looong queues for tickets, and then an even longer wait for a bus with space - it was 1pm before we left, and a 7 hour journey, so we didn't make it to the border before it closed that day. We stopped overnight in a lovely hostel overlooking the Mekong river (our first sight of it), and the hostel owner kindly took us to the border the next morning (but wouldn't let us take her 5 month old kittens with us!). Border procedures were pretty painless, and...

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May 6, 2008 - Bootsfahrt auf dem Mekong (Tag 1 nach Pak Beng)

Unsere letzten zwei Reisetage in Laos verbringen wir mit einer ausfuehrlichen 2taegigen Bootsfahrt auf dem Mekong. Los geht es morgens um 08:30 Uhr, Ankunft ist jeweils gegen 19:00 Uhr. Somit bleibt ausreichend Zeit die Landschaft zu geniessen, unsere Mitreisenden kennenzulernen und Urlaubsgeschichten auszutauschen, zu lesen oder "abzuhaengen". Landschaftlich praesentiert sich Laos hier nochmal von seiner schoensten Seite. Der Flusslauf des Mekongs wird schmaler und wesentlich felsiger, so dass der Bootsfuehrer uns im Zickzack-Kurs...

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Apr 20, 2008 - Pak Beng,the slow boat story

After all took the slow boat to Pak Beng and then to Luang Prabang the next day. Boat was packed but we got on early and changed some seats so we had a private area. A lot off music,jam sessions,beer lao and lao lao... Pak Beng was nice little village but thats it.

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Mar 12, 2008 - Pakbeng

We left Luang Probang on a long boat for the first day of our journey up the Mekong River to Thailand. The boat could hold up to 80 people but our group of 9 is the only group aboard - it's like having your own private cruise boat. It is very nice with soft seats, a dining area, open sides and a retractable roof. The temperature is in the mid twenties -just perfect for relaxing. There are fishing villages all along the way. They are built high up on the hills away from the banks as the river floods every year. This provides rich sediment to...

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