Crossing the Nam Khan

Temporary bamboo bridge Luang Prabang, LaosOn our first day in Luang Prabang, Laos, we discovered these cool bamboo bridges that they erect over the Nam Khan river during the dry season when the water level is low.

So what’s a traveler to do when he finds a rickety looking bridge in a new town? Cross it, of course, to see what is on the other side.



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5 Comments on “Crossing the Nam Khan”

  1. Bill Orcutt Ilonka Van Der Putten December 4, 2014 at 9:03 am #

    Have you gone to the Budha Park yet? Way cool.
    We were there about eighteen years ago.
    Bill & Ilonka


  2. Jason December 4, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

    Enjoyed the video Brian, adds a cool perspective to your post. Are the bridges washed away each year in the wet? Does that mean a much longer walk to a more substantial bridge during the wet or do they use boats when there is no bridge?


    • Brian December 5, 2014 at 9:28 pm #

      Hi Jason,
      We don’t actually know what happens during the rainy season. I suspect the bridges become impassable or unsafe even if they aren’t completely washed away. We didn’t see any evidence of a boat crossing. There is a barge that ferries people and cars back and forth on the Mekong side, but there’s nothing that we saw on the Nam Kong. There is a permanent bridge some way up the river that isn’t too inconvenient for anyone with a motorbike – which is pretty much everyone who lives there.


  3. hermitsdoor December 6, 2014 at 7:27 am #

    With the weather patterns and infrastructure issues in the USA, we may finding more of our “perminent” bridges washed out in the future. Foot bridges might not appeal to many folks here either (as foot travel does not float many people’s boats).


  4. Frank December 6, 2014 at 2:06 pm #

    I remember that bridge! I think there is a Buddhist monastery/school on the other side if my memory is serving me correctly.


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