Laos (II): Down and around the mighty Mekong

It was now time to face the legendary Mekong River, a gigantic, overfloaded, brownish yellow serpent that moved rapidly towards South. We decided to go all the way to the Cambodian border, where the main river divides itself into dozens of narrower ones, surrounding a great number of islands of all sizes. We took a small boat from Champasak to Done Khong island and during the four hour-long journey, we barely spoke: the nursing sound of water bubbling on the sides broken with the occasional pouring rain, the exotic scenery of lush green palm trees and the vision of local day to day life taking place on the river banks, completely absorbed my mind…

Laos, August, 2013

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Mekong River, South of Champasak, Laos, 2013

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Mekong River, South of Champasak, Laos, 2013

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Sunset on the Mekong river at Done Khong island, Laos, 2013

Time likes to play games with our memories… In retrospect, I realized how nice it would have been if I took my time. I could get to know better the owner of the old French colonial style manner where we spend that night, the Done Khong Guesthouse. Besides being a widow, all I found out about her was that she was a former teacher and spoke very good french. I didn’t felt comfortable to ask her to take her picture, as she appeared to be a very reserved person who kept herself to herself. I didn’t think much of it at the time because my schedule was tight and there was so much to see. However, thinking back, the idea of that woman running such an old but well kept guesthouse in what appeared to me to be a god-forsaken and remote place kept me wandering to this day. It´s funny how these little dormant recollections arise long after the events took place…

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Dinner pavillion, Done Khong Guesthouse, Laos, 2013

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Done Det, Mekong river, Laos, 2013

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Mekong river, aproaching Done Khone island, Laos, 2013

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Khone Phapheng Falls, Mekong river, Laos, 2013

All photographs by António Marques – © António Marques Photoblog, 2013

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