Our skipper saw us safely to Luang Prabang, but not without a wee bit of drama…
This boat was powered by an old 8 cylinder diesel engine out of a Hino truck and I noticed as the day wore on that it was getting louder and the vibrations on the boat got to the point where our beer bottles would slowly wander off the tables if you didn’t keep an eye on them…
Back in the “engine room” Richard is assisting the first mate with a busted water pump. Seems these boats use river water for cooling and that the water pump on this boat got clogged which let the engine to overheat… No gauges up in the “cockpit” so the skipper probably didn’t notice the problem until he started to lose power. Well, at least the engine didn’t seize, but after fixing the water pump with some interesting jungle mechanics it did seem like it wasn’t firing on all 8 cylinders anymore… Fortunately we were able to continue along without further incident all the way to Luang Prabang.
More sights from the mighty Mekong!
Love these big barges with their huge 2 and sometimes 3 story houses perched on the back. Would love to tour one of these some time and see how many people live in that big house!
You know Luang Prabang is just around the corner when you spot the Pak Ou cave-
Unloaded the bikes without dropping any in the river and made our way to the Oudumsuk Guesthouse on a picturesque alley in old town Luang Prabang-