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photoblog image Far East Thailand #18

Far East Thailand #18

It is around 1630, so here we are in our hire boat and motoring serenely up the Mun River just a couple of hundred metres upstream of its confluence with the Mekong River.

 

Following a long, relaxed, beery lunch, our main preparation has been the careful filling of my red/white icebox with ice and 500ml tins of beer. How clever of me to select this traveling accessory...it holds exactly 8 of these tubes of delicious rehydration medication which should be the exact number to keep us alive for the duration of our voyage.

 

 Mun River

 

 Mun River

 

Far East Thailand #18

It is around 1630, so here we are in our hire boat and motoring serenely up the Mun River just a couple of hundred metres upstream of its confluence with the Mekong River.

 

Following a long, relaxed, beery lunch, our main preparation has been the careful filling of my red/white icebox with ice and 500ml tins of beer. How clever of me to select this traveling accessory...it holds exactly 8 of these tubes of delicious rehydration medication which should be the exact number to keep us alive for the duration of our voyage.

 

 Mun River

 

 Mun River

 

comments (15)

three happy souls! I like your shots!
Ray: Off on another mini-adventure!
Jolie photo de tes amis.
Ray: Merci, Martine.
I'm not even going to say "What a motley crew," Ray, because you are having way too much fun. smile
Ray: We certainly enjoy these Fab4 Tours, Ginnie.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 2 May 2018, 06:09
Always come prepared, Ray. Beer and a camera, or is it the other way around. I watched yesterdays video. Man alive, Ray. Do you pinch yourself sometimes that you are really living this "dream".......
Fabulous picture of the bow of the boat.
Ray: Beer and Camera cover most emergencies, Astrid.. smile
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 2 May 2018, 06:31
Your boat would not pass EU health & safety regulations on hundreds of counts. However...with your icebox loaded with life-saving fluids you have no reason to fear anything in this perilous adventure
Ray: If the boat capsizes or sinks we can always quickly drink the beer and use the icebox as an emergency raft, Chris.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 2 May 2018, 06:42
I thought at first that it held 500 tins; now I'm really concerned that it only had EIGHT. Surely not enough for such a trip? The boats in the bottom image look like they are just hollowed out and shaped logs?
Ray: We did have a couple before embarking, Alan, so the 8 should be ok. Worst case, we can return early! smile
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 2 May 2018, 07:33
Four men in a boat would make a fine novel Ray. I just hope someone is steering.
Ray: We hoped the old geezer at the back was in charge of steering Chad...but never did find out.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 2 May 2018, 07:35
I see everyone has his photography equipment at the ready
Ray: Oh yes...mermaids or dolphins [I have seen them not so far from here] might be lining up at any moment, Lisl.
Not exactly THe African Queen
Ray: Kate Hepburn might have made pleasant company, Bill...although I didn't any extra beer for her.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 2 May 2018, 12:57
Beer seems to be the main word in your diary. You could sing this old German folk song:

Bier her, Bier her, oder ich fall um
Bier her, Bier her, oder ich fall um
Soll das Bier im Keller liegen
und ich hier die Ohnmacht kriegen?
Bier her, Bier her, oder ich fall um
Ray: I don't drink very much, Philine, but on these short "tours" we seem to drink quite a lot of beer and it might add up to nearly 50% of the total cost of the trip.

I'll show your drinking song to my friends and perhaps we will try to use it. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 2 May 2018, 15:23
Great pictures and could make one a bit jealous. Fortunately, my fridge is a couple of meters away.

The travel accessory always take big consideration before buying. I mean 8 x 500ml is not much in those humid circumstances. But, on the other hand buying a bigger unit for, say, 16 x 500ml may become too heavy for the old guys in this travel company to carry. And then, the more you drink, the more pit stops are required, even more so for senior citizens. You are right, one has to be shrewd when buying one of those red boxes.
Ray: In Thailand, ice boxes are usually huge, Louis...perhaps big enough for at least 120 tins, or cyclindrical and so aesthetically not a pleasing object for this purpose. I was delighted to find this one, and amused Na and the sales gal by doing a bit of a dance at the cash register.
OMG, Ray. I would need a few to convince me to get on that boat. It reminds me of the bridge.
Ray: What could possibly go wrong, Mary! smile

So far as I know there are no dangerous fish in this section of the river.
good of you to pick up the medications for the next leg of your journey... they are very old boats....petersmile
Ray: The boats are old, but a quite elegant shape/design, Peter.

The operator was also oldish...about my age...and got my confidence by riding his ancient bicycle to and from work.
An intrepid bunch of travellers smile
Ray: This is the start of the boat ride, Tom, and we were all anticipating a fine time.
Fine trio of shots, it seems the amber liquid is an important part of trip smile
Ray: We do seem to consume quite a lot of beer on these mini-tours, Brian...most foreign visitors to Thailand can be seen clutching large bottles of water, but we have all lived here for many years and prefer the technique of not carrying water, getting thirsty, finding a place to re-hydrate with beer.

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