The Beauty of The Mekong

The Mekong

It’s been a picture kind of week here at Land of Smiles so why not wrap up the week with just a few more of my favorites.

The Mekong is a beautiful river and everything that surrounds it adds to it’’s beauty. It’s hard not to notice how important the river is to Thailand as well as Laos in terms of economics and community.

It is however very easy to forget about those things and get lost in the beauty of it all.  This is the one place in the world I could live for the rest of my life and one day I will.

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7 Responses to The Beauty of The Mekong
  1. Mike
    October 16, 2009 | 9:39 pm

    Talen I have to agree with you about the Mekong. I have only visited it once when I was at the Golden triangle.

    We went on a boat trip to an island on the Laos side the one thing that really sticks in my mind besides the size was the colour.

    On the day we visited the water was almost red caused I guess by soil erosion but really beautiful.
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  2. Talen
    October 17, 2009 | 1:44 am

    Mike, It’s funny, sometimes the water can be a beautiful blue green but most times it’s a muddy reddish brown especially after a good storm.

  3. Martyn
    October 18, 2009 | 8:23 am

    I have viewed the Mekong many times from Nong Khai and Phon Phisai. I’ve mainly been sat at market restaurants and once in the Tha Sadet market in Nong Khai myself and Wi were sat there eating fish looking at the quiet waters when all of a sudden a storm brewed on the Laos side and then whoosh, it whipped across the water and battered Nong Khai for a good twenty minutes. It was awesome. The river is a big big economic source for traders on both sides of the Mekong but when I look over at Laos I can’t help but think as much as Thailand has its troubles Laos lags a long way behind in the standard of life its people live. A river that in someways divides two very different ways of life.
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    • Talen
      October 18, 2009 | 1:05 pm

      So true Martyn, One only needs to see the people of Laos coming daily into Thailand looking for work to understand the differences.

  4. Lawrence
    October 18, 2009 | 11:04 am

    Beautiful pics Talen and a beautiful river. I have lived next to it in Vientiane and now am only 45 minutes away. I could sit and watch it all day.
    When we were in Vientiane I would go to Thadeua to meet friends coming off the train at Nong Khai & across on the ferry. As you know, the train gets in very early (or should) so I would sit and watch the sun rise from right in the middle of the river. An incredible and unforgettable sight.
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    • Talen
      October 18, 2009 | 1:06 pm

      Lawrence, I’ve watched both the sun set and rise over the Mekong and it truly is an incredible and unforgettable sight.

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