"Panning for Gold on the Mekong River" Luang Prabang Off The Beaten Path Tip by Rodan44

Luang Prabang Off The Beaten Path: 40 reviews and 75 photos

  My wife panning for gold
by Rodan44

Along the banks of the Mekong river, just north of Luang Prabang, you can see groups of villagers panning for gold. We were lucky enough to encounter such a group on a kayaking trip, so we stopped to take a closer look. Not only did the friendly villagers give us a demonstration of how they did the panning, but they even let us have a try at it (see photo). It's obvious that this is long tedious work and that there really isn't that much gold to be found. But hope springs eternal!

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  • Updated Jun 4, 2004
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