After crossing the border from Thailand we immediately boarded the slow boat bound for Luang Prabang. Riding a slow boat in Laos is one of those things you don’t want to miss while traveling in this land-locked country with over 4,600 miles of navigable waterways.
Because slow boats are the traditional form of transportation in Laos, I was initially disappointed by how touristy our boat was. Of the hundred or so passengers, only two were Laotians! But I slowly forgot while falling into a trance as lush forests, tiny villages, and ancient mountains drifted past.
Photo and text by Stephen Bugno
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