The Mekong so dominates Lao topography that to a large extent the whole country parallels its course. More of the river flows through Laos than through any other Southeast Asian country. We might not be able to travel much on the river itself, but we'll be able to stick closely to it, stopping at towns which have grown up on it's banks. The middle reach of the Mekong with its fertile flood plains running from Sainyabuli to Champasak, forms the flattest and most tropical part of Laos. This is rice growing and farming country. The Mekong here, is also an important source of fish - a vital part of almost every Loatian's diet. Near Si Phan Don in the deep south of Laos the river can expand to fourteen kilometers across during the rainy season, skirting around thousands of islands as it continues it's way ever southwards.
I've always had wanderlust. Don't know where it comes from. When I was 26 I bought a 'round the world' ticket and flew off to New York. I thought after a year travelling I would have 'been there, seen it, done it' and it would be out of my system. Of course it didn't work like that. I travelled for two years and only went home when the money ran out. Then life took over for a few years, and travelling was confined to month long trips around Christmas, and shorter city breaks.
In 2009 Jim retired. Not to be outdone I also gave up work - at least for the forseeable future. We gave our flat in... full info