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Mekong river

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The Mekong river between Luang Prabang and Huay Xay has a character very different from the one better known in its Vietnamese delta. Here it is still narrow with rapids, and traverses luxuriant mountainous landscapes. On the way, you see small villages and hamlets which can be reached only by the river, where tourists are seen so little that they are still and object of curiosity. On the slow boat, which takes two to three days, you share the ride at the rhythm of the river with colorful local people. The fast boat is not for those easily scared. It skirts the rapids at more than 50mph, making the trip in less than half a day.

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Sunset on the Mekong river framed by coconut trees, Luang Prabang. Mekong river, Laos ( color) Boats, sunset on the Mekong river, Luang Prabang. Mekong river, Laos ( color) Fast boats on the Mekong river. With their 40 HPW Toyota engines, they cruise at 50 mph on the river. Mekong river, Laos ( color) Slow passenger boat near Pak Ou. Mekong river, Laos ( color) Engine and pilot at the rear of a slow passenger boat. Mekong river, Laos ( color) Narrow live-in boat. Mekong river, Laos ( color) Hillside village in luxuriant jungle. Mekong river, Laos ( color) Villager and fence. Mekong river, Laos ( color) Boats and stilt house of a small hamlet. Mekong river, Laos ( color) Children bathe in the river and dry out near a fire in a small hamlet. Mekong river, Laos ( color) Children near stilt house of a small hamlet. Mekong river, Laos ( color) Village life. Mekong river, Laos ( color) Preparation of rice in a small hamlet. Mekong river, Laos ( color) Group of women and children in a small hamlet. Mekong river, Laos ( color) Pakbeng. Mekong river, Laos ( color) fast boats at Pakbeng. Mekong river, Laos ( color) Slow passenger boats in Huay Xai. Mekong river, Laos ( color)
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