Dear friends & families of the Mekong semester,
Dragons courses always travel with “flexible itineraries” meaning that we can take advantage of opportunities & experiences that come up along our route. This semester, we were lucky to be presented with an opportunity to visit the Isaan region of Thailand and spend a few days at a community stay known for its activism in opposition to a major dam on the Mekong River. One of our instructors, Guy, is local to this region, and a friend of his runs environmental activism programs in a community called Ban Ta Mui on the Mekong River. We will stay in Ban Ta Mui for three days, learning about anti-dam activism, the ways of life of local fisherpeople, and enjoying some time together as a group before crossing into Laos for our next longer homestay.
We have changed our itinerary so that we cross from Cambodia into the Isaan region of Thailand and travel up through Thailand into Laos. Isaan, the northeastern part of Thailand, is culturally and linguistically similar to Laos, so will serve as a great introduction to the larger region. We are excited to visit Ban Ta Mui and learn from local people there! Stay tuned to this Yak board for more posts about our time there.
Below is our updated itinerary. Please reference the attached map for specific locations.
Mar 3: Travel from Siem Reap, Cambodia to Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand.
Mar 4-7: Community stay in Ban Ta Mui.
Mar 8: Travel from Ban Ta Mui to Nakhon Phanom.
Mar 9: Cross into Laos at Nakhon Phanom-Thakek border.
Mar 10-23: Homestay in Ban Don Donh, an island on the Mekong River near Thakek.