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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Beating the heat with a Buffalo

A couple of days back, I was in Don Det, one of the 4,000 islands on the Mekong river that is located in Southern Laos. The temperature was in the early 40’s, but it felt like it was in the late 40’s. In addition, it was extremely humid and sticky. I was feeling so hot that me and the other folks decided that a swim in the Mekong would be the most appropriate activity at that point in time.

Sharing the Mekong waters with a buffalo to beat the heat at Don Det, Laos
And when we reached the sunset beach on the island, we were pleasantly surprised to see the tourists sharing the waters with a domestic water buffalo. Both of them badly needed to cool down and nothing better than sharing the waters of the mighty Mekong. Some of the tourists were even kind enough to give the buffalo a bath. The buffalo seemed to enjoy it. In line with the other tourists and the buffalo, me and my fellow traveler friends also dove in and shared the water with everyone else.



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