This was my first excursion into Laos. My friend wanted to get some GPS routes for an upcomming map revision, and also deliver his current map to some of the northern Thai shops.
On the way we stop at Chiang Khong, Thailand where we watch the locals capture some rare Giant Mekong Catfish. Unfortunately, we also watch as they slaughter one and cage the others. But, they claim to have a plan.
The motorcycles are loaded onto small wooden boats resembling dugout canoes and sway and rock our way across the Mekong River to Laos. Little did I realize how many times I would be doing this in the upcomming years.