23-Day Cycle Tour through China, Laos and Thailand, Days 16 and 17:
A two-day and 750 km boat ride upstream the Mekong. Crossing the border from Laos to Thailand at Huay Xai.
From Luang Prabang we started on a two-day trip up the Mekong. The Mekong on high water as it is now, admittedly is not the most spectacular sight: There are not many freight ships, few fishermen (due to the new dams preventing the fish from swimming up- and downstream) and the landscape does not change dramatically on the way.
For relaxation, however, our boat trip is perfect! The boat we have chartered for our group is big enough for everyone to find a cosy spot to make themselves comfortable. The captain’s amiable wife prepared coffee and fruit for us and even cooked a number of great dishes for lunch – can it get much more luxurious? We can finally start reading the novels and travel guidebooks that had been buried somewhere deep in our bags. We eat, chat, and simply sit back and let the scenery pass by.
After an overnight stay in a hotel in Pak Beng, we started the continuation of the boat trip early this morning, in order to have enough time to cross the border to Thailand in the afternoon. We got to Huai Xay early enough and managed to cross the friendship bridge without any incidents and received a warm welcome by Mrs Paradise and Mr Dao, our Thai support crew.
We are now looking forward to swinging on our bikes again tomorrow and start exploring the third country of this tour – Thailand.