Photo of the Week: Slow boat on the Mekong






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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On our slow boat in Laos

Slow boats on the Mekong in Laos

On the Mekong in Laos

Our captain and his daughter

On the Mekong in Laos

Along the Mekong in Laos

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  1. […] This is the most touristy slow boat experience. Groups of backpackers are shuttled from Chiang Mai, Thailand to the border with Laos and are packed on to huge boats for the two-day journey to Luang Prabang, stopping at the village of Pakbeng for the night. Eating, drinking, music, card playing were all commonplace on the boat I rode. Out of about 150 passengers, only two were Laotians. Needless to say, this was not a Lao cultural experience. It was, however, riding a slow boat down the Mekong. […]

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