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River Travel – the Mekong

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There are plenty of travel options in Southeast Asia, but my favorite so far has been by boat down the Mekong River.
The Mekong is the 12th longest river in the world. It is about 2,600 miles long, beginning in China and touching Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.

I’d seen photos of the Mekong and remembered its chocolate brown water, not thinking much of it. But after spending three days, first traveling by a small faster boat from Chiang Khong  to Chiang Rai in Thailand, then two days on a larger slow boat from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang in Laos, I now know how beautiful it can be.
We need to take care of this important river. I saw many small villages utilizing it, as well as bigger towns, and it also hold some rare species. The Irrawaddy dolphin, which lives in both the freshwater of the Mekong and salt water, is highly endangered. It also is the home to the hard to find Mekong catfish. This giant fish can be 10 feet long and weigh 650 pounds!

 

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Fisherman uses a large weighted net to catch bait

 

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Faster boats sit low in the water, be ready to get splashed!

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Slow boats – much more relaxing

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The river helps over helps with the transportation of goods

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Ice cream truck taking the ferry across

 

 

Laos riverside village

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