Full throttle up the Mekong

Watching the ultra thin "longtail boat" blast up the Mekong river reminded me of Evil Knieval;  third world style. Both the driver and the passengers wore 1970's style motorcycle helmets, sun bleached life jackets and over sized goggles. Their large bulbous heads protruded above the gunwales. As they rocketed past, I could see the passenger's hands gripping the boat sides in an attempt to stay upright against the extraordinary acceleration. Their expressions were a combination of steely determination and sheer terror. The exhaust pipe extended from the engine above water line and roared with every twist of the throttle. This boat was a drag-racer on water, built to go straight and very fast. The upturned nose of the boat seemed ready to shoot skyward had it not been for the passenger's ballast. Read More...