The Mekong river (also known as the red river due to the amount of mud in it) is the 10th longest in the world, with the estimated length being 4,350 km (2,703 miles).
My mode of transport down this major link of Laos is the traditional tourist packed slow boat (as opposed to the smaller fast boat).
There was about 100 of us on there for the first day passing 6-7hours and the same amount of people but on a smaller more cramped slow boat on the second day for about 8 hours, it’s quite hard going on the rear end on small wooden benchs, most people purchased pillows for the epic journey, myself included.
The scenery was consistently spectacular and green all along the river, with the odd stopping point to pick and let off passengers, I have no idea how these spots were decided though, just seems to be where the biggest crowd gathers.
There was fishing nets cast in certain areas along the river (usually near rocks where the water was a bit fresher so fish are more likely to dwell) so the occasional fisherman was spotted getting food from his nets.
Certainly a stylish way to see the country and relatively cheap too. The scenery was occasionally spoiled by the odd patch of rain though as plastic tarpaulines were lowered down the side of the boat so the view outside was limited to the fellow passengers inside the boat.