Slow Boat down the Mekong

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February 10th 2008
Published: February 28th 2008
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After CM we drove to Chiang Khong in order to cross the border into Laos. CK is a small town with not much there but we found a nice place to eat and a hippie bar. The hotel overlooked the Mekong river and had fab sunrise views at 5.30am. It was soon time to pile into some Tuk Tuks and clear Thai immigration to cross the Mekong to Laos soil and join our boat crew for a 2 day journey down the Mekong. Clearing Laos immigration was pretty quick and then we changed some Thai Bahts into Laos Kip ( 20,000 kip to 1 dollar so you get lots of notes!!). The scenary along the Mekong was superb and we stopped off at Pak Beng for the night which is a nice sleepy town. On the 2nd day we stopped off at a few villages which was a great experience seeing how the locals live. In one village you can buy this whisky with a dead snake or scorpion in so I purchased a bottle for a few dollars ( haven't drunk it yet though!!).

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Guesthouse Guesthouse

Great views of the Mekong
Tuk Tuk Tuk Tuk
Tuk Tuk

Bundle !!!
Alfie meets some friends Alfie meets some friends
Alfie meets some friends

My travel mascot Alfie Doughty makes some friends on the Mekong and has a Beer Laos
First Beer Laos First Beer Laos
First Beer Laos

The best beer in Indo China and SEA

28th February 2008

Alfie Doughty looks like the real thing! Getting down and dirty with a toy

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