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Home Laos Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang ⇒ Villages and Boat Stations

Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang:

4Villages and Boat Stations

At long intervals we would pass small villages high on the buffs. They consisted for the most part of neatly laid out wooden houses built on stilts with bamboo mat walls and grass roofs. We could see pigs and chickens and dogs and the occasional pony; as our boat passed by people would stop and stare at us, the children waving and running down to the water

Entire villages come out to greet the river taxis.
Entire villages come out to greet the river taxis.

In the hot afternoon we saw groups of children playing happily in the shallows near the bank while later in the day adults came down to bathe despite the muddy waters. We were told that children regularly disappeared, carried away by the ferocious current, but it didn’t seem to stop anyone.

Children playing at the water’s edge.
Children playing at the water’s edge.

Another advantage of taking a regular river taxi rather than the backpacker special is that it is a stopping boat. During the course of the day we stopped at around ten villages nearly lost in the jungle. Usually these were situated were a small stream entered the river making an easy trail trail to follow. The boat would maneuver as close to bank as possible and a plank would be thrown across for people to stagger across. We never saw any vehicles at these stops sp presumaby everyone goes on foot.

 
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