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Mekong River Boat Trip

by Bill
(Darwin, Australia)

Slow Boat On The Mekong River

Slow Boat On The Mekong River

Is it a "slow boat" or a "house boat"? When our kids were young someone reminded me of the old saying, "the family that plays together, stays together". This got me thinking and it didn't take me long to work out that an excellent pastime that involves and gives pleasure to the whole of the family is boating.

Our kids have long left the nest, but it worked for us for years, and I still have a great love of "messing about in boats". When I get back from a few days fishing on in the tropical wetlands bordering Kakadu National Park, close to where I live, in answer to the inevitable question "how did it go?" I always answer "great, a truly magic trip", (usually followed by "caught no fish"). For me getting out on the water is the thing, fishing is just the excuse.

On a recent 8 week backpacking trip around SE Asia my fondest memories are of boat trips, with the highlight being a two day "slow boat" trip down the mighty Mekong river from northern Laos to the old capital of Louang Prabang. The boat was a cargo boat of a design that has been used for centuries, as both a home and a means of earning a livelihood for the owner and family. Our boat was converted to passengers as western backpackers are a prize cargo these days.

The slowly unfolding scenery, the unhurried
life on the river, the time to think and sketch and snooze is what it's all about. The truly unique places that you can see and visit, only via this method of transport.

If you are thinking of a house boat trip, stop thinking and start planning, you'll be glad you did!

As for me, my feet are getting itchy again and a trip down the Irrawaddy from Mandalay to the fabled temple city of Pagan sounds like just the antidote.


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Hi Bill, and welcome to the houseboat forums. As you mentioned, once you get a taste of the houseboat travel way of transportation, you may never want to go any other way.

Lastly, hopefully some of our readers and visitors will share and post comments about their related houseboat travel experiences and tips.

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Thanks again for sharing, IAN from all-about-houseboats

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Two days on the boat
by: Kajtek

We went down on a slow boat in mekong river as well. It was also a very good experience for us.

Now I wish that we can go do it again with our kids... maybe some day.

Houseboats are made to Think, Sketch and Snooze!
by: IAN - the webmaster

Bill, I can really relate to the "slow boat" mentality, since our houseboat allows us to "enjoy & see" the surroundings.

I like your quote about "think, sketch and snooze" since my wife always catches me snoozing. Nothing better than grabbing a little shut eye in the afternoon sun, being gently rocked to sleep.

Loved your story, and you're a lucky person to have been on such a trip.


PS, I'm sure you come back with plenty of fish! :)

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