Crossing the Mekong river to Champasak

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Champasak lies on the western bank of the Mekong river - Southern Laos, while the main route to the south - route 13 is on the eastern side. Getting to and from Champasak will involve a crossing of the Mekong as the town sits on the West bank. Our tuk-tuk will join our crossing. The ferry, which carries vehicles, even buses and people is more like a group of canoes tied together to make a large raft. A wooden platform mounted across three separate hulls; the height of marine technology. We decided to wait outside the tuk-tuk in case an emergency exit was needed. The ferry was driven by an old truck engine. We had to wait till the ferry was fully loaded. Crossing takes about 15 minutes, but loading and unloading takes a lot longer since there is no regular landing-stage just the river bank. Basically Laos is not the best place in the world to be if you are impatient or in a hurry. It took us about 1.5 hour to cross the mighty Mekong river. The ferry point is a quite busy place, actually a small market. There are eateries on the river bank but we decided to eat later and cross the river first. But women selling also food on the ferry. A vendor had just delivered a soup. I enjoy the river scenes of people having food on the raft and smaller rafts, just fit enough to ferry a couple of bikes making their way across as well. It's quite a happening. Half the fun of traveling here is in the travel itself.

Photo of the ferry crossing the mighty Mekong river to Champasak - Southern Laos. Such beautiful sinister scene where you can see it's raining in the mountains. For us dark clouds are luckily moving away from the ferry. From our experience we can say even if you travel in the wildest rainy season you experience maybe much more about Laos than others in December crushing out with only other foreigners and learning and seeing maybe less...I guess its finally up to you which season you choose to visit Laos.

Onze tuktuk reed ons van Houay Sae - route13 naar de ferry alwaar wij de Mekong rivier overstaken richting Champasak. De veerpont is niet meer dan twee aan elkaar gebonden sloepen met een platform van planken. Eigenlijk een groot vlot op drijvers dat door een oude vrachtwagenmotor wordt voortbewogen. De overtocht is op zich al een belevenis. Er gaan zoveel auto’s op tot er geen één meer bij kan. Zodra we erop zijn gaat de ferry uiteraard nog niet varen, we moeten wachten tot deze vol is... wat ook nog even duurt. De overtocht opzich duurt niet lang maar het aanmeren wel aangezien er geen steiger is alleen de ruige oever van de Mekong rivier. Er wordt gemanoevreerd naar een goeie plek alwaar de autobussen "veilig" via twee planken op de kant kunnen komen. Het is behoorlijk druk op en rond de veerboot. Eigenlijk een kleine markt zowel aan de oever als op de veerboot. Op de ferry worden verschillende dingen verkocht, lemon-juice wat vers wordt gemaakt, diverse gegrilde stukken vlees op spies etc etc. Een delicatesse hier is kip-embryo, dus een gekookt kuiken in een ei. Onze tuktuk ging mee naar de overkant. Champasak ligt eigenlijk nog 2km zuiderlijker. Onze tuktuk chauffeur was zelf ook nog nooit in Champasak geweest waardoor we eigenlijk Champasak in eerste instantie voorbij reden. We hadden zelfs het idee dat Champasak een groot stadje was, maar was niet meer dan wat huizen aan één weg. Uiteindelijk toch bij plaats van bestemming gekomen en accommodatie gevonden.

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  1. Allard Schager 49 months ago | reply

    Lekker krakkemikkig pontje ;-) Overweldigende achtergrond, wordt er bijna bang van!

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  2. *Saariy* 49 months ago | reply

    This is beautiful work and great image. Well done !!
    Have a happy weekend.
    Much greetings.



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  4. Donald G. Jean 49 months ago | reply

    Excellent!


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    Amazing sky, it looks like a wonderful place

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  6. SamikRC 49 months ago | reply

    Great pic with good documentation.... :)

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  9. Arend Jan Wonink 49 months ago | reply

    Prachtige lucht zeg!

  10. michel banabila 49 months ago | reply

    wat een lucht ..... bijzondere kleuren ... zeer fraai

  11. Lopamudra! 49 months ago | reply

    What a capture....mind blowing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Introspective Mind 49 months ago | reply

    Inexplicable beauty

  13. Deborah Valentin 49 months ago | reply

    So beautiful...so very beautiful...

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    Lovely shot and great pic :)

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