Photo Friday: Mekong Sunset

Posted by Ted on Jul 21, 2011 in Photography, Travel

A few hours north of the capital Vientiane, Luang Prabang is a unique fusion of French European and Laotian culture, with both Laap and the best croissants we’ve ever had. Resting at the point where the Khan meets the great Mekong, the confluence of the two rivers is a striking difference.

Where the Mekong meets the Khan — Luang Prabang, Laos

However, one of my favorite memories of Luang Prabang is sitting on a riverside patio, drinking Beerlao and watching the sun set behind the karst mountains to the west. Longboats that would ferry tourists up the river to the Pak Ou caves and back would return downstream and have to swing wide against a very fast and strong current in order to dock for the night.

Mekong Sunset — Luang Prabang, Laos

(Related pictures can be found here.)

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An adventurer at heart, Ted Beatie is at his happiest when he’s off the beaten path. His deepest passion is sharing the world through photography and writing, found at The Pocket Explorer. He is also managing editor for Rolf Potts' Vagabonding, where he curates a Case Study series. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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Shannon O'Donnell
Jul 22, 2011 at 9:27 am

Aw, happy memories of the Mekong. Spots right on the river like where that shot is taken just pull me right back into the gentle pace of Laos. Thanks for the shout-out and the smile today! :)


 

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