Bye bye Laos, hello Thailand!

Mon 5th September 2011

So out time in Laos had come to an end. Here our tour guides were pushing us off in the Fisherman’s boat, so we could sail across the Mekong and cross the border into Thailand.

Matt

Matt says...

We’ve really seen a mix of border control over the past 30 days. Some are really strict which take hours to get through. Others you can just walk across with no problems at all. This one involved a boat and a couple of meters walk up the hill.

 
Claire

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Savouring the moment

Mon 5th September 2011

They had free tea and coffee on the boat. Lipton Tea, but tea all the same. I put lots of creamer and sugar in it and it was just about drinkable.

Matt

Matt says...

It’s amazing the little things you miss. Getting a decent cup of English tea has been impossible so far. Lipton tea will just have to do.

 
Claire

Claire says...

My first cup of (kind of) tea in 4 weeks! Bliss!

 

A boat like ours!

Mon 5th September 2011

This boat was exactly like ours. There wasn’t much to see on the river apart from the occasional child playing or locals sifting for gold. And we saw a Water Buffalo too!

Matt

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Claire

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Breakfast on the boat

Mon 5th September 2011

It was time for our second day on the boat, crusing the Mekong River. In this photo we’d just had breakfast and I was thinking about retreating to my chair with my book!

Matt

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Praying at dusk

Sun 4th September 2011

We were treated to a rare sight, Monks chanting and saying their evening prayers. They pray twice a day, once when they wake at 4.30am and once in the evening.

Matt

Matt says...

We had to be very quiet as to not disturb the Monks while they were chanting. Luckily my camera has a quiet shutter setting so I don’t think they knew I was there taking the photo.

 
Claire

Claire says...

The atmosphere inside the temple was still, as if waiting until the Monks were finished praying.

 
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