The Mekong at dusk
The kayaking started at 9am so after a quick but delicious brekkie at JoMa we went down to the Green Discovery offices. There we met up with our group and guides and we were driven to the river. Alex had opted for a single kayak while MC went for the double option.
Our first outing on the river was short only lasting about 45 minutes and it was lovely. This brought us to the waterfall where we saw elephants (not wild - the ones used for elephant trekking). They were very cute and they stretched out their trunks to eat bananas from our hands. Next we went to the waterfall which was great, we made our way across the strong current and climbed up 2 levels so that we could jump back down into the plunge pool, it was so cool!
After a traditional Lao picnic lunch served beside the waterfall and elephants it was back on the water for a 3 hour trip that was fun, exciting, a little dangerous and totally exhausting.
The view from the restaurant
The scenery of lush forests and spectacular mountains were gorgeous and everything was pretty uneventful until we hit the rapids - they were only Level 1 rapids but the huge rainfall recently (highest in living memory) made them a little more rapid! The first casualty was the guide who capsized very early on....not a good sign! Alex in his single managed to escape capsizing and even helped with the rescue operation of an overboard....flip flop! MC however, was not so lucky. As soon as we hit the rapids her kayak hit something and started to wobble, then her kayak partner got a fright and accidentally smacked her on the back of the head and they both ended up in the water hanging onto the Kayak as it was dragged downstream through bushes and trees....ouch! Anyway all's well that ends well and everybody....eventually....made it safely back to dry land - minus only a few flip flops. After freshening up we headed out for dinner with Seto and Jeroen to a lovely little riverside restaurant which had spectacular views of the Mekong river. An early night finished off a great but exhausing day.