Kayaking is not for me.
Trip Start Sep 08, 2009
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So we decided to mix it up a bit and instead of busing it to the 4000 islands, aptly named as it is a group of islands in the middle of the Mekong at the border with Cambodia, we chose to kayak there. Yep kayak. Great idea at the start!! We left Pakse in the morning and got a bus just 2 hours down the road to the river. The first day was an 'easy' one apparently. Me and Niall were shocked to find that our kayak was an inflatable - weird we thought. Easy we thought too. Difficult was the reality.
Problem was Niall was the 'captain' (sat at the back) and I was the team - which meant Niall steered and I was the power at the front. But problem is I like to control and Niall likes to sit up
Because of our relative but not complete success the first day, we decided to change positions for the next day. Not as long and should be OK - we thought. This trip was full of thoughts!!! Anyway, I couldn't steer to save my life and Niall kept having to help which infuriated me more cos I couldn't do from the back what Niall wasn't meant to be able to do from the front. But still we got down the river without capsizing. Problem is, I didn't want to steer anymore and Niall really couldn't sit comfortably at the back to do a proper job.
But we muddled on through and day 3 was all about the rapids. So we just had to make it work. Niall at the back, me at the front, working our backsides off, we made it to the finish and rightly or wrongly felt quite happy with ourselves!!
So through the few days we saw some beautiful scenery (pix attached) stayed in some very remote places. The first night was a guest house - really lovely.
We cycled on the island (that hurt!!) and generally had some craic and the third night we stayed on Don Det, the 'party' island. Not much partying when we were there but good craic none the less. This island only had 4 hours of electricity so our torches came in handy when we went walking to watch the sun set and then walking back to the hotel after dinner.
All in all a nice trip, hard work but nice. But by no means the highlight so far. The next day we took a boat and bus to the Cambodian border, where things were just about to get much better!!!