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Old 12-30-2010, 09:45 AM   #1
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Cruising really big rivers = Was in Vientiene the capital of Laos yesterday - The Lao and the Thai call 'Vientiene' "Wian Chan". Could not get transport back to the Eastern border of Thailand, the trains, buses were full - everyone was/is going to visit relations somewhere for New Year. Decided to take a river boat, could only find a 'long tail' Below is a typical Thai boat Click image for larger version

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- the one that I got on had a 90 hp Toyota diesel balanced on the transom. Because we were with the current, at times doing close to 30 knots (hand held GPS)

Left Vientiane 17° 40' N x 102° 40' E before midday

Tha Kek 17° 30' N x 104° 50' E

Suvannakhet 16° 25 N x 104° 35' E

Khemmarat 16° 00 N x 105° 10' E arrived here today 4.30 am

Picked up and drove home arriving in Thailand around 7am for coffee.

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The Mekong River (Mae Nam Khong - in Thai and Lao)

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I was in the Mekong Delta system a month ago, starting in Siem Reap (Cambodia) and then south via Phnom Penh to Chao Doc and then Vinh Long. It appears to me that the flow of that river is pretty much the only thing that stops a cruising class sailboat heading up river. There are few bridges if any that would stop a mast and depths appear to be all good, however the downstream flow around Chao Doc where I measured it roughly was around 9 or 10 knots. Going upstream into that would be a major effort or impossible in many boats.

Other than that it's a very pretty part of the world.

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Originally Posted by MMNETSEA View Post

Cruising really big river=. Decided to take a river boat, could only find a 'long tail' Below is a typical Thai boat [attachment=3528:Thai Fishing Boat

- the one that I got on had a 90 hp Toyota diesel balanced on the transom. Because we were with the current, at times doing close to 30 knots (hand held GPS)

The Mekong River (Mae Nam Khong - in Thai and Lao)
Gooday Richard, yacht & Co. Tried this before & lost the whole msg. That's one almighty BIG river. WOW !! 30 kts in a 'long-tail' - now that IS fast especially when your sitting - eye level with the water !! Did you run all night? Adrenaline must have been aromatic. I'll bet a 'stubby' or 2 that was some ride & that there's much more of a story to all of that adventure. Thanks for sharing it with all of us.

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Old 01-04-2011, 10:08 AM   #4
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Hi James,

And Happy New Year to you - In Thailand :- สวัสดีปีใหม่ . Sawasdi Pi Mai -In Malaysia :- Bahagia Tahun Baru - In Vietnam :- Chúc mừng năm mới - in Cambodia :- Chaul Chnam Thmey

All of those celebrated along the Mekong - at the moment the River is down due to illegal extraction by the Chinese. In some ways similar to the Mississippi which if you are speeding down is fairly boring. That river's currents are around 4 knots, and has a narrow channel where the river barges are pushed up and down, and if you are in a sailboat the USCG make sure that you stay out of their way. In the Mekong one can go where you like.

Thanks for your kind comments re CL's mods, appreciated

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