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Mekong journey, southern Laos

Images from a cruise on the Lower Mekong from Pakse south to Siphandone (Siphandon or Si Phan Don), the Four Thousand Islands, aboard the MV 'Mekong Islands', purpose-built by a Lao-German travel operator.

A shore excursion to Champasak on the left bank allows us to explore the Khmer ruins at Wat Phou, which pre-date those at Angkor.

The vessel can go no further than Siphandone (Siphandon) on the Lao-Cambodian border, where rapids thwarted French administrators and adventurers who tried valiantly to establish a colonial trade route on the river. Locomotives were hauled upriver and then overland to set up the only railway in Laos, running a few kilometres across the islands to bypass the rapids. Today these rusting remains join the surviving pods of the endangered Irrawaddy River dolphin as a tourist attraction. Read more on my blog or in Get Up & Go magazine.

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Curious kids, Pakse
Curious kids, Pakse
Buddhist monks on their early morning rounds, gathering alms
Buddhist monks on their early morning rounds, gathering alms
Wat or temple, Pakse
Wat or temple, Pakse
Chinese Association building, Pakse
Chinese Association building, Pakse
Young woman dicing coconuts in the Pakse market
Young woman dicing coconuts in the Pakse market
Food vendor, Pakse
Food vendor, Pakse
MV Mekong Islands moored at Pakse
MV Mekong Islands moored at Pakse
MV Mekong Islands moored at Pakse
MV Mekong Islands moored at Pakse
A sumptuous cabin, complete with view
A sumptuous cabin, complete with view
Dining area aboard ship
Dining area aboard ship
Crew begin preparations for an evening barbecue onshore
Crew begin preparations for an evening barbecue onshore
Upper deck of the 'Mekong Islands'
Upper deck of the 'Mekong Islands'
Upper deck of the 'Mekong Islands'
Upper deck of the 'Mekong Islands'
Ever-changing views from the river
Ever-changing views from the river
Shore excursion to a riverside temple
Shore excursion to a riverside temple
Riverside temple shrine
Riverside temple shrine
Temple overlooking the Mekong
Temple overlooking the Mekong
Village building above the river
Village building above the river
Early morning light on the river
Early morning light on the river
Early morning light on the river
Early morning light on the river
French channel markers in the river
French channel markers in the river
River traffic on the Mekong
River traffic on the Mekong
Main shrine at Wat Phou
Main shrine at Wat Phou
Main shrine at Wat Phou
Main shrine at Wat Phou
Bas reliefs of mythic battles at Wat Phou
Bas reliefs of mythic battles at Wat Phou
Bas reliefs at Wat Phou
Bas reliefs at Wat Phou
Children messing about in boats, Siphandon
Children messing about in boats, Siphandon
French-built bridge links Don Det and Don Khone, Siphandon
French-built bridge links Don Det and Don Khone, Siphandon
Siphandon: the family that husks together...
Siphandon: the family that husks together...
Village woman on Don Khone, Siphandon, Laos
Village woman on Don Khone, Siphandon, Laos
Li Phi Falls on the Mekong, Siphandon
Li Phi Falls on the Mekong, Siphandon
Li Phi Falls on the Mekong, Siphandon
Li Phi Falls on the Mekong, Siphandon
Fishermen's ramps and traps on the Mekong, Siphandon
Fishermen's ramps and traps on the Mekong, Siphandon
French locomotive, Siphandon
French locomotive, Siphandon
Don Khone, Siphandon
Don Khone, Siphandon
Village school at Don Khone, Siphandon
Village school at Don Khone, Siphandon
Village wat at Don Khone, Siphandon
Village wat at Don Khone, Siphandon
Evening falls over Don Khone, Siphandon
Evening falls over Don Khone, Siphandon
Khone Phapheng falls
Khone Phapheng falls
Khone Phapheng falls
Khone Phapheng falls