I am wondering if anyone has recent information on catching a cargo coat from Chiang Saen, Thailand to Jinhong in China
What are the times of year that the Mekong is a viable route for catching a cargo boat?
From my understanding it isn't exactly allowed for a tourist to catch a cargo boat but it can be done. Someone just needs to have the Chinese visa, a exit stamp from the Thai immigration authorities at the port.
Getting into China you need to also make sure you get an entry stamp from the immigration authorities in Jinhong.
Looks like an exciting adventure. Anyone done it?
yea, a bit too much adventure at the moment I'm afraid. Because of a brutal hijacking by drug gangs in which 13 crew members on a boat were shot dead, all vessels have been stopped on this route for the time being.
Travelfish.org reported on this just last week bit.ly/pY2QJQ
The hijacking happened 20km north of Chiang Saen, right in the heart of the golden triangle.... a prime example of how this territory can be very dangerous.
Please read the story I've linked to, but as you'll see it says all Mekong river traffic has been halted 'for an indefinite period' - sorry, you might have to find a different adventure.
Phil over 9 years ago