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Cruising the Mighty Mekong from Pakbeng to Luang Prabang, Laos

Though I resisted the idea of climbing out of my cloud-soft king size bed and leaving Luang Say Lodge, the second day of my slow boat to Luang Prabang Mekong River cruise beckoned. As the captain expertly piloted our white yacht through rippling rapids encased by jagged rocks, I swayed with the gentle…

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Not Your Typical Slow Boat to Luang Prabang

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Mekong River Cruise, Laos

Over the years I’d heard all the horror stories about crossing from northern Thailand into Laos and taking a slow boat to Luang Prabang. Each day hundreds of travelers cross the Mekong River and join the crush at Lao Immigration, where they wait to be stamped into the country. Once approved, they’re herded…

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Chiang Khong, Thailand – Border Town with Benefits

I’ve passed through my fair share of border towns over the years. Many are shabby, filthy encampments that exist on either side of a barren no man’s land where immigration officials with steely gazes extract their pound of flesh. Some, like Poipet at the border between Cambodia and Thailand, feel downright dangerous. As…

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