Mekong River cruise – upriver

Sorry about the silence.  Our internet has been TERRIBLE, and we’ve also been quite preoccupied with finding a new rental house – no luck so far.

Ryan’s job required that he experience the products he was selling, and the kids and I got to come along on this Mekong River Cruise.  Normally you choose between 2 days upriver, or 2 days downriver, but we did the full roundtrip, which meant 4 full days on the river!

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The boat is quite big with capacity for 40, so with only one other customer on the way upriver, there was plenty of space to make ourselves comfortable.

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The views were stunning, and it was incredibly relaxing to watch life go by on the river. Along the way, we stopped to see a few sites.  First up was Pak Ou Caves. 2015-06-08 mekong river cruise by Melissa Crossett (5 of 62) 2015-06-08 mekong river cruise by Melissa Crossett (6 of 62)There are hundreds of Buddha statues in the cave that have been put here over the last few hundred years.  Locals come here to worship on special days of the year. 2015-06-08 mekong river cruise by Melissa Crossett (7 of 62) 2015-06-08 mekong river cruise by Melissa Crossett (8 of 62) 2015-06-08 mekong river cruise by Melissa Crossett (9 of 62) 2015-06-08 mekong river cruise by Melissa Crossett (10 of 62)Back on the boat, the girls kept themselves occupied with drawing and playing with things they brought in their backpacks.  The snacks and meals served on the boat were perfect for the whole family, too. 2015-06-08 mekong river cruise by Melissa Crossett (11 of 62)Personally, I just enjoyed sitting and watching life go by on the river.  Plenty of interesting sights, like these goats and pigs being transported on the front of a boat… 2015-06-08 mekong river cruise by Melissa Crossett (12 of 62)Or people going about their daily life on the river. 2015-06-08 mekong river cruise by Melissa Crossett (13 of 62)Next stop off the boat was to visit a village. These people see a lot of tourists but not many with three little girls.2015-06-08 mekong river cruise by Melissa Crossett (14 of 62) 2015-06-08 mekong river cruise by Melissa Crossett (15 of 62) 2015-06-08 mekong river cruise by Melissa Crossett (16 of 62) 2015-06-08 mekong river cruise by Melissa Crossett (17 of 62)I was excited the boat was big enough for Isla’s stroller, although she never did nap in it.  She was still pretty happy for the whole trip, taking good naps in the baby carrier, and the stroller was great for mealtime.2015-06-08 mekong river cruise by Melissa Crossett (18 of 62)We were frequently passed by these speedboats full of people wearing helmets.  Often, people don’t wear helmets when driving motorcycles around town, so I was very intrigued by the need to wear them on these speedboats. 2015-06-08 mekong river cruise by Melissa Crossett (20 of 62)Talia’s favorite part of the trip was making friends with other guests.   2015-06-08 mekong river cruise by Melissa Crossett (23 of 62)

Enjoying more sights…2015-06-08 mekong river cruise by Melissa Crossett (21 of 62)2015-06-08 mekong river cruise by Melissa Crossett (22 of 62)Unloading precious cargo – the beverage of choice in Laos, Beer Lao!    2015-06-08 mekong river cruise by Melissa Crossett (26 of 62)Not a bad beach for a landlocked country!  The cows are loving it.2015-06-08 mekong river cruise by Melissa Crossett (27 of 62)The “lookout” at the front of the boat was the kids’ favorite spot, though I required them to have adult supervision up there.  The Mekong River is not tame at all!  I’m not sure even a strong swimmer could handle some of the whirlpools and undercurrents.2015-06-08 mekong river cruise by Melissa Crossett (29 of 62) 2015-06-08 mekong river cruise by Melissa Crossett (25 of 62)  We pulled into Pak Beng at dusk for our first night’s stay at the lodge.2015-06-08 mekong river cruise by Melissa Crossett (31 of 62)

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After a hot and somewhat sleepless night, we got up bright and early for day 2 of the upriver cruise which took us to the Thailand border.  Thankfully, after that first rough night, we all slept much better the following nights.  Stay tuned for part 2 – downriver!

What trips have you taken your kids on lately?

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