Tuesday, 18 March 2008

St Patrick's day on a slow boat down the Mekong

You can always rely on the Irish to brighten up an otherwise potentially dull trip. We met some Irish brothers - Gav and Matt ("R") on The Gibbon Experience about 4 days ago, and Ben's been drunk ever since...! With a few modes of transportation available (almost certain death on a speed boat down the Mekong (6 hours); a bus ride on shitty roads with locals and their livestock (1 day); or a pleasant 2 day cruise down the Mekong with the Irish on St. Patrick's day) we chose the later option, and merrily floated towards Luang Prabang along the brown, smelly Mekong. Great fun! The Irish were drunk by midday on both days (maybe there's a boxing day of St Patrick's Day..) and provided a lot of entertainment.

We're now in Luang Prabang, salavating at all the eco-tourism fun to be had. So far we've been to Big Brother Mouse to buy some books, which we plan to give to kids in a village in the South, and we're about to go to the Stay Another Day exhibition to inspire us further. Love it already!


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