Thursday, June 14, 2007

NY Times: Mekong Fishermen

Image Copyright © Suthep Kristsanavarin-OnAsia-All Rights Reserved

The New York Times Travel editors have been busy this past week, and now bring us a photo slideshow of the Lao fishermen who work on the Mekong River as it flows into Cambodia.

The area is called Si Phan Don, and its largest island is Don Khong. I visited the area, and saw Khone Phapheng which is considered the largest waterfall (by volume) in Southeast Asia. The area is also home to the rare Irrawaddy dolphins, which can be seen at the southern tip of the island. There are many comfortable (but simple) lodgings available on the banks of the river, so spend some time there if Laos is on your itinerary. Time moves very slowly in Don Khong and it's an idyllic place.

I am surprised that Suthep of the OnAsia photo agency decided to use flash in so many of the photographs. I recall the light to be exquisite in the early morning and late afternoon...more like the golden light seen in the photograph above.

Fishermen of the Mekong (Registration may be required)

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