The film describes a two days journey downwards the Mekong River on a slowboat from Huayxay in the north of Laos to Luang Prabang, an ancient, a bit mystical town with a longer history of regional importance. The scenery is so much back in time, that you could imagine yourself back in the 19th century. It's all green and mountainous, no roads, no electric wires, no cities. Huayxay and Chiang Khong, seen at the beginning, are small places with a few thousand inhabitants. Luang Prabang itself is not a big city either. On the whole way down there are only a few hamlets seen on the riverbanks. Most of them have no electricity. Only the stopover in Ban Pak Beng, which consists of one road and a few guesthouses and restaurants for tourists, gives at least a little bit of a contrast.
Since the above was written and my latest journey on this Mekong section is a gap of 20 months only. Nevertheless are the changes at this section of the Mekong River huge - the laid back atmosphere and the nature is more and more sacrified for the sake of the road and construction building industries. For the state of the section in March 2013 look at 'The Mekong between Chiang Khong and Luang Prabang'.