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AFRICASIAEURO Mekong Blues - Yujinghong marvelous Xishuangbana
Day starts early at 03.00 a.m
Our skipper cranks the two powerful Ship diesels at 04.50 a.m.
It is still dark, when he steers the boat into midstream. Gigantic in size, the Mekong lies ahead of us, some 800 km north, our destination.
Slowly, the boat picks up speed, shivering under the mighty force of the two Engines.
For one week we were held up in Bangkok, with no end in sight, I decided to leave Thailand through this route.
Many other stranded foreigners were still stuck in their Hotels, some left via Malaysia.
This is new, unknown territory. Unfamiliar with lengthy boat trips. as I have a natural aversion towards the waters of the sea, or lakes, or rivers for that matter.
Chilled air rises from the river to the deck; water temperature is cold here; the rushing stream of the murky Mekong glides beside us. The Diesels below deck in a round, trembling run; nothing can stop the powerful 500 HP 8 cylinders.
Now only we become aware of the Mekong's treacherous rapids; steering left and right the skipper avoids shallow waters to avoid running the vessel aground.
Continued : Guan Lei ...
|Reflections : ..
watching the Mekong roll
by, gliding along villages, both sides of the
borders of Laos,
and Myanmar .. the boat winds its way
against the mighty forces of the Mekong, three experienced
skippers on the lookout for rapids, hidden rocks.
An unforgetable experience. Need to go back to the Mekong river ....