“The boat stopped a couple of times in the middle of god damn nowhere – not a hut nor a human to be seen. Still, a person or two would hop on or off at every stop to go who-knows-where. Finally, around 5 pm we docked in Pak Beng.”
The Broke Backpacker | 2015
“After stamping out at Chiang Kong, everybody is piled into a longtail boat and taken across the river into the Lao bordertown of Huay Xai, where restamping happens.”
Jeffrey Donenfeld | 2013
“Basically the ‘speed boat’ was a traditional long tail wooden boat, with a juiced up engine that runs off LPG Gas! The passengers in the picture were wearing helmets and life jackets and seemed to be sitting in a 40cm x 40cm section of floor space. Ummmmm??
My gut instinct was screaming for us to run away, but we couldn’t! It was paid, we we’re en-route to the boat and besides, there were other people doing it (including locals), so it reallllllly couldn’t be that bad….Could it?”
Kate Scott – Travel Stylist | 2013
“As the boat set off on its journey down river, we knew we would have a lot of time on our hands over the next two days. Laura had come armed with snacks, her kindle and iphone jammed full of music. I had my laptop and iphone full of music as well. For the first couple of hours we just sat and watched the world go by.
The brown muddy waters of the Mekong contrasting against the backdrop of lush green vegetation on the surrounding hills. Occasionally, we’d pass young children playing by the waters edge, or fisherman tending to their nets on the river. Mostly though, the river was devoid of human life. It was quiet and relaxing.”
Worldly Nomads | 2012