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Phuketian completes 1000 km trip down the Mekong River

PHUKET: It only took long time Phuket resident Patrick Gasiglia 16 days to complete the 1000 kilometre stand up paddle (SUP) board adventure down the Mekong River.


By Jean-Pierre Mestanza

Wednesday 10 October 2012, 09:53AM


The journey started at Chiang Khan, about 150 km from Laotian capital of Vientiane, and ended at Khong Chiam near the most eastern point of Thailand. Two friends followed the Frenchman in a truck and the team slept in tents or guesthouses each night before heading out at 7am everyday.

“The first part was more beautiful and more daring. There were mountains and curves (along the river) but the difficulty came with the rapids” said Mr Gasiglia.

Twice, Mr Gasiglia’s SUP board got caught in a whirlpool, spun around three times, and was spit back out into the river. The whirlpools can be as deep as 30 metres in some places.

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Mr Gasiglia paddled for nearly 24 hours on the last day, covering about 80 km, since there was no village near the river to rest and the geography of the area made it difficult to land.

Finally, the journey ended on September 20 after he landed in Khong Chiam and was embraced by a small group of locals.

The Phuket News was a sponsor for this journey. For more information on the trip and more pictures, visit supmekong1000.wordpress.com.

 

 

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