Slow boat to Luang Prabang

Peril on the mekong 

From Chiang Mai, Thailand, the next destination was Luang Prabang, Laos.

Once across the Laos Border the choices available are one 12-14 bus ride, or a two day slowboat down the Mekong River. Having recently imposed a ten hour limit on our bus rides, the boat was the only choice. The Mekong slowboat is not new to the backpacker trail. Cynical travelers have claimed it lacks authenticity.

Our journey got too real.