There’s a reason this bamboo bridge that crosses the Mekong in Laos is so crooked and rickety. This bridge leads to a small village across the river from the main city part of Luang Prabang. It’s a very necessary bridge.

And every year the river floods and destroys the bridge.

Then the villagers rebuild it – themselves, with no help from the government.

The small fee you pay to cross the bridge goes toward the yearly rebuilding.

This was really fun to do and I highly recommend it if you visit Luang Prabang in Laos, which you should, because there’s lots to do and it’s a very pleasant stop along the Mekong River.

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We took the Mekong River journey from Thailand to Luang Prabang in Laos. It was a nice way to travel, if a little boring at times. However, the paths to and from the boats are not mobility/disabled friendly. There was a guy in a wheelchair on our trip and hey had to carry him up the long unfinished stairs when we got to Luang Prabang. No one warned him when he bought the ticket that there was no reasonable path for him on the other end.

So we don’t recommend the river trip for the mobility impaired, and it wasn’t easy for blind man Tim, either. Hopefully they’ve a least finished that staircase by now. It was a tough slog up steep, mostly dirt stairs. A bit of a fitness test, really.

I’ll mention that the other trip we took on the river, to the Pak Ou Caves was reasonable, though still not wheelchair friendly. But the boat loading was not at the same place as the long river boat trips.

If you’re interested in a tour to Laos, check this out:

Video Transcript

Okay, this is the bridge between the Mekong, which is over there, and the Nam Khan rivers and it covers this little spit.

As you can see it’s this wonderful bamboo, and it’s a little crooked and a little rickety. We’ve got some beautiful scenery around and then we’ve got Tim. Tim wave.

Trying to get a blind guy across a rickety bamboo bridge is fun, because everything makes it feel like it’s gonna dump him off in the water and so this is what we’re doing right now.

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