Slow boats are a staple experience in Laos. You get on a cramped, meter-wide boat and squat for the better part of the day. The thing is, it's still superior to the unpredictable bus rides through the mountains with livestock sitting next to you.
I'd always imagined it as a paddle-driven longboat, but it has a motor. These boats aren't as slow as the name implies!
The scenery was beautiful and luckily the overcast sky never let a drop fall on us. Still, we were happy to arrive in Muang Ngoy and get back on land.