We woke up at an obscenely early hour the next morning to begin our Mekong cruise to Luang Prabang!
Here’s the .gpx file should anyone want to play with this route on Google Earth or Basecamp: http://www.asianconnection71.com/2014-02-22%2006.54.59%20Day.gpx
Chilly on the Mekong this early in the morning!
They had plenty of instant coffee on board, but I say to hell with that! Beer Lao- Breakfast of Champions!
Dave is smart and carries a Jetboil and some decent quality coffee everywhere he goes-
Sunrise on the Mekong! Magical!
Not too much further we ran into thick fog!
The fog was so thick in fact that we had to pull over and wait for it to clear.
The Mekong is a tricky river to navigate and the skipper needs to be able to read the water to avoid the sharp rocks that lurk just under the surface.
Dave messing with the boatboy
Fortunately the fog lifted and we were able to press on! Near Pak Beng they are building a bridge which will make travel from Nan, Thailand a lot more efficient-
Lunch is served! Why so serious guys?
That’s better Dave!
Always impressed at the quality of the food they dish up on these boats. Amazed they can crank out such decent fare considering how primitive the “galley” is.
Dave, you’re such a lightweight!!
Views on the river-
I didn’t take so many pictures as we had in our company a master photographer, Jurgen Chopard, who always takes exceptional photographs.
You can see some of Jurgen’s work here: http://www.chopard.org/