On my recent trip to Laos I spent a lot of time traveling on small boats on the Mekong River along the border of Thailand and Laos. The Mekong River is the 12th largest river in the world and flows through parts of southern China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. The lands along the Mekong are reportedly one of the richest areas in biodiversity in the world, making a trip along or with its banks very interesting. The people there live simple lives, either fishing or making money off of people like me, tourist who want to see this area. As I traveled along the river I saw Laotian children playing in the river and many fishing boats. The river itself is fascination, having large waterfalls big enough to be called "the Niagara of the Mekong" which I will be writing about in a future blog.