Fred here. Prior to leaving on our trip, a friend told me about his journey from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang, Laos, a 3 day overland/over river trip. Sure you can take the quick one hour flight but what would be the excitement in that? So we booked the 3 day travel package which we were told would go a little something like this. Day 1 – mini-van for 4 hours, Day 2 – river boat for 7 hours, Day 3 – river boat for 8 hours. So we left Chiang Mai via mini-van with about 10 other travelers for the so-called 4 hour drive to the border town of Chiang Khong on the Mekong River. In this part of the world, whatever they…