Oops, we did it again!

The mother of waters gets to you! After our first cruise in February we were hooked. We have now done our second Mekong cruise, and we have booked our third!

This time we flew from Vientiane north to Huay Xai and took a two day trip downstream to Luang Prabang, the beautiful center of Northern Laos.

The boat we were on was smaller than the Vatphu that we went on earlier. The 42 meter long and 4 meters wide vessel has seating for 30 people, but no cabins. The night is spent at a hotel in Pakbeng, a small town half way thru the 330 kilometers long journey.

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Our guide stands on deck to welcome us on board. More than 20 long boats lay waiting for passengers when we arrived at the harbor at Huay Xai. 

We let the pictures tell the tale. We were treated to a smooth river and a clean and inviting boat where we had all the space we could want. We paid 150 dollars per head, and for that they did the trip with only the three of us. The Daughter was with us for this one, she has now finished her work contract in Vientiane and will travel with us for a few weeks. The boat came with a crew of four, three to handle the vessel plus our guide.

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For this trip, we were joined by The Daughter. She has finished a 12 month work contract in Vientiane, and she will do a bit of traveling with us two old geezers for as long as she can stand it. 

We did a few excursions ashore on the way, but most of the time it was all about relaxing in our chairs and watching the world glide by.

The river is not as wide as further down, and it was dented with sharp rocks that made the skippers job tricky at times. But we were in no hurry, and the man at the wheel made all the turns he was supposed to make.

 

 

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