The Boatman´s Call

The Boatman´s Call I

(1/640, F9, ISO200, 10mm)

First of all Happy New Year to all that read this and still come to this little place of mine.
End of last year we made a trip to the Northern part of Laos and a lot of traveling was done on the many rivers.
My guess is that half of the Laotian people are a boatman and we are very thankful for all the safe and beautiful passages they guided us through.

The Boatman´s Call II

(1/500, F7.1, ISO200, 17mm)

The first 3 photos are from a daytrip that brought us from the village of Nong Khiaw up north to a roadless weaving village and the old hippie town of Muang Ngoi. When we left early morning the river was shrouded in mist and low clouds.
After spending a day there we took the boat back at sunset to see everything in full splendour we ´missed´ in the morning.

The Boatman´s Call III

(1/640, F6.3, ISO400, 34mm)

A couple of days later we made a boattrip from the Buddhist capital Luang Prabang to the Pak Ou caves on the banks of the Mekong river. These caves are very busy during the day with boats full of tourists arriving at this small cave.

The Boatman´s Call IV
(1/640, F6.3, ISO400, 34mm)

We decided to rent our own boat and use the last light of day to make the 3 hour return trip. This meant we had the cave to ourselves and a glorious sunset on the way back.

The Boatman´s Call
(1/800, F8, ISO400, 17mm)

Have a creative, adventurous and healthy 2016 y´all!

100 thoughts on “The Boatman´s Call

  1. Well. this just makes me salivate!🙂 I feel like I’m right there in these photos – somewhere I am very interested in going to. That first shot – his flip flops in the foreground are wonderful! Thanks for the follow – I appreciate it.

    • OH you should, Lynn, definitely recommend it, such an amazing beautiful country and very poor but so friendly people!
      Thanks a lot, greetings from KL,
      Ron

      • I would love to see it over there. Hard part is it takes so long to get to SE Asia from US and my time when I’m away is limited now due to the kids. Someday I plan to do a huge tour!

    • Hi Malin, all great here, thanks!
      The first has the strongest feel of place, I think so too; all of em carry amazing memories though😉
      All the best from Malaysia,
      Ron

    • Thanks so much, Lex, that´s a huge compliment and nice to hear the rest matched the first, cuz I put the first one there, cuz it tells the best story, I think😉
      Hope all is well, greetz,
      Ron

    • Thanks so much, Noeline, seems like such a long time ago, but one of the rpettiest unspoiled parts I´ve seen in SE Asia!
      Hope all is great, greetings,
      Ron

    • Well, I miss a lot of stuff too, just cuz there´s lifes outside of the blogosphere , I guess😉
      Thanks for your comment, Lauria, hope you´re doing great, greetings,
      Ron

    • Thanks, Truels, the light was amazing as well during the misty mornings as when the sun set behind the mountain cliffs, amazing trip!
      Hope you´re doing well, greetz,
      Ron

    • Thank you so much, dont really see your map, but hey, its your country😉
      Maybe if it was mirrored? Thank you for stopping by here, greetings from Malaysia,
      Ron

  2. What amazing scenery and such a good idea to take your own boat so you could be there after the crowds have gone. That 3rd photo is stunning, and taking the views through the boat gives a real sense of being there with you.

    • Thank you very much for stopping by, pommepal, catching up on commenting and it´s always a pleasure to read your thorough view on them, thanks for that!
      Glad to hear you came along for the boattrip😉
      All the best to you,
      Ron

  3. These pictures bring back some lovely memories of my up-river boat trip from Luang Prabang to Chiang Rai. It was a tranquil journey, with no 3G phone connection, and nothing to distract us from admiring the impressive karsts and forests as we drifting along the Mekong.

    • Hi seonaid, sorry for late reply, thanks for the comment, the idea was to take you on the boattrip as far as possible, but definitely recommend to do it in real life😉
      All the best, greetings,
      Ron

  4. Great pictures. I love the perspective on that first shot. So many things to catch your eye. The flip-flops, the carpet, the back of the driver’s seat, the faded paint. Excellent.

    • Hi John, thanks for stopping by and giving your view on these photos. Glad you like em, it was nice ot have the wide angle on the first shot to include all that, but I hope the landscape is still the main draw😉
      Greetings from KL,
      Ron

    • Hi Margaret, thanks, a happy new year to you too and hope you´re having a great start to 2016 as well…
      Trying to be a little more regular, so many photos to be shown😉
      Greetings,
      Ron

    • Thanks very much, Bente, very kind of you😉 And late Happy new year to you too, hope 2016 started well!
      We really fell in love with Laos, especially the Northern part with hardly any tourists, so beautiful and amazing people to match the landscape!
      Greetings from Malaysia,
      Ron

    • Hi Carlos, thanks, nope, no southern roots her, very Dutch!
      Guess I listened to a singer I like that does use y´all sometimes as sort of a gimmick😉
      Thanks for liking these, greetings,
      Ron

    • Thank you, Chas! Especially the first boattrip was one of the best travel days around SE Asia I´ve experienced, what a scenery, big recommendation and so not touristy, which makes us enjoy it even better.
      Greetings, Ron

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