In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Boundaries.”
This river looks very calm and peaceful. In a glance, maybe you would not think this wide river is the border between two countries. You will think this is just an ordinary river.
This is Mae Nam Khong, the Mother of Water. Her popular name is Mekong River. She defines the Lao and Thai border for 850 kilometres. I took this picture from the Lao side. There are three friendship bridges that connect Thai and Lao over this Mekong River : Vientiane-Nong Khai, Savvanakhet-Mukdahan, and Tha Khaek-Nakhon Phanom.
Although she always seems without guard, this is actually a highy monitored border area. Don’t sit, swim, or hang out by the river at night. Don’t smoke some herb near this area after 11.30 pm. There are undercovered police around this riverside. If you are seen doing something suspicious, these undercovered police will catch you and then you will be surrounded by uniformed and armed policeman.
So… please be careful and realize.. Please be smart around this silent boundary..