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When I see pictures on TE, very often they evoke memories of my journeys. Then, I look at my archive, I prepare some photos to show the next day, I am "inspired", but then comes another inspiration. Recently, I have prepared pictures from Tanah lot, Yaroslavl, Aranjuez, I would like to show more photos from my trips to Ireland and Warmia, but I saw yesterday Paul photos of Pak Beng.
I was there in 2003. We went from the Thai Border by a long and narrow slow boat, after seven or eight hours there was a stop in Pak Beng. The Mekong is rather narrow here and there are a lot of boulders, it is difficult to navigate. I looked in Google Map and I see that now there are quite many hostels there. It was not the case in 2003. I remember how I was amazed, that there are only a few buildings and the market, but the place is on the map. The next day we went the next seven hours to Luang Prabang.

The journey was fun. As you can see, there was no comfort. And imagine that all backpacks were on the roof, so how the boat was overloaded. In the beginning, the lady came and some heavier people had to change places to make a better balance. Even greater fun was in Pak Beng. The shore was steep and muddy. I was fast and run to the hotel, but I am not sure if all found the place there. It was a great adventure. I was always crazy, so I was delighted to go like this. Was any toilet there? I do not remember.

Pak means the river mouth, so Pak Beng means there is a river Beng nearby.

So in the main photo, you can see how we spent two days, 8 hours each, like sardines in the box.
In Workshop, the small table near the river means the border crossing. And in the second Workshop, landing in Pak Beng. Look at our luggage on the roof. Fun!!

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