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October 2017

2015 - MEKONG RIVER in LAOS, aboard the Mekong Sun

Beach barbecue .. waterfalls .. & a Laos folkloric afternoon.

The boys from the ship set up a net & played the SE Asian version of volleyball .. with a raffia ball that they use their feet to kick back & forth across the net .. they ate very skillful but it is too much work for me to join in so I have a beer instead.

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After they had finished their game, they piled logs on the sand & made a bonfire & some of the locals came down & joined us in a sing-song.

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The crew also helped us passengers send small hot air balloons into the sky .. it looked very good but I don't remember why I did not take photos .. I do remember a large bug crawling around inside my shirt though .. the pain lasted for over a week.

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Next day we progressed along the river towards Luang Prabang & stopped to have a wander along a small tributary filled with a series of waterfalls ..

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Some of the passengers cooled off with a swim ..

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& I headed for a snack ..

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These boys were playing with the water buffalo when we arrived back at the boat .. looked like fun.

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That evening, back at Luang Prabang we were treated to a folkloric show on board .. .

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Some locals drifted down to take in the free show.

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The girls .. looking very different in their everyday clothes

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And that's that for the show & also the Mekong Sun cruise. It was good fun .. only about 22 passengers .. the language groups kept mostly to themselves but the French couples were chatty as they were on my table for meals & it is an amazing coincidence that they live on an island in the Pacific that I will be visiting on my way home .. I made arrangements to meet them in a month or so.

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2015 - MEKONG RIVER in LAOS, aboard the Mekong Sun

Visiting a couple of villages & a school trip.

I am not sure now if I am still travelling up-river or down but will be visiting a couple of villages

Half the village waiting our arrival .. .

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& oh my word .. look at all the steps up the bank ..

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Some folks are not enthused at all at our arrival ..

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Even the kids are quiet ..

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This one looks like a little angel ..

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& here she is banging the puppy against a wall & then dropping it on the floor .. not so angelic after all.

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Back to school for a passenger .. this one is English but works in the Emirates ..

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I think he is a little sweet on the teacher ..

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The girl is playing a game made out of a piece of bamboo .. I forget how it worked but it was quite ingenious.

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Life is not all play here .. Plaiting leaves .. for a roof or wall perhaps ,,

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Another lady hard at work with a giant mortar & pestle ..

We have left that village & moving to another ..

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Lots of smoke in the hills ..

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I think the flag is to acknowledge the 5 brits on board .. there were also 2 Canadians, 4 French ( who live on a tiny island in the middle of the Pacific ) 1 Austrian & the rest were German.

Quite the blaze ..

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The kids here are a bit more happy ..

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Plotting some mischief?

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House building ..

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Another large Mortar & Pestle ..

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Not everything is done by hand here ..

If memory serves, these villagers have been relocated by the government.

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And .. we move on .. seeing life along the Mekong.

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2015 - MEKONG RIVER in LAOS, aboard the Mekong Sun

A few elephants today

Sun was just going down on the Mekong for the short ride from the hotel to the pier & the hotel supplied the ride.

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First things first & the first thing is the lifeboat drill & meet the fellow passengers .. there are only about twenty, so it won't take long.

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No hanging about as we push off up-river & see the river life of the local Laos & there animals.

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The air quality is very bad on account of farmers burning to make space for crops.

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Looks like a good thing we had the lifeboat drill .. this boat came to grief .. .

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.. And another ..

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There's our guide .. a young German fellow.

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Coming up on a place we will stop at later .. Many Buddha images in a cave

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Oops! Looks like someone is in someones bad books ..

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Yes .. she gets a whack.

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Here's where we park for the night ..

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And the local youngsters coming out to see the tourists .. or maybe for a swim.

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It is still early enough for us to go for a walk ..

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.. it is good we do not have to carry anything like this girl

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We climb the bank & head inland ..

Not too far & we reach our destination . . a visit to some working Elephants

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And walk back through the small village to the boat . . being careful where we place our feet.

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.. I said that we walked back but some folks took the easy route ..

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The kids had grown bored with us & went for a moonlight swim.

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The next day now & we are taking a small boat back across the river to the cave.

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Quite a lot of steps up to the cave which is full of Buddha images

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At the entrance to the cave . . high up on the wall & very hard to spot was this gecko

We left the cave & instead of walking back down the steps we trecked up-hill through a forest ..

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and came upon this very small village

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Kids at school ..

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A nice little place ..

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.. and so back to the boat ..

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& head further up-stream.

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the end of the second day on the river.

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