Adventure on a boat
...going fishing with a local fisherman
A wonderful, one of a kind experience awaits you on this half day tour. A short, early morning walk takes you down to the village Sharr Pin Yoe, just below the Guest House. Sit in a shady spot, and chat with the shy but curious children that are sure to gather around you while you wait for your driver. A brisk 15 minute drive by motorbike will take you across the wide, flat riverbed until the passable trail peters out. But a 10 minute walk will take you to the water’s edge and the waiting boat. Climb aboard, make yourself comfortable and soon you’ll find yourself chugging upstream whilst the riverbank, magical in the early morning light, glides silently by. Once in a while a few children might appear and wave as you pass or a swarm of birds, startled by the approaching boat, will fly up. Half an hour later, it’s time to lay out the nets, carefully easing them into the water as the boat drifts soundlessly downstream with the current. Then it’s time to just patiently sit and “kanalay” – wait.
Our western society
...is constantly on the go and no longer used to waiting, so this might sound challenging, but the peaceful river and the age-old rhythmic motions of the fisherman have a very soothing, almost hypnotic effect, so that even time spent waiting seems to fly.
Soon again excitement mounts as the fisherman starts pulling in the net, neatly folding it layer upon layer, expectantly looking for silvery flashes, indicating a small fish in the net, which when found is gently removed and carefully laid in a wet cloth. The whole process is repeated several times, and you are welcome to have a try. All of a sudden, without realizing it, you recognize that you’re back at the starting point. It’s time to say good bye, but the good news is: the catch of the day goes with you and MaThu, our chef, will be happy to prepare a tasty dinner dish for you – a perfect souvenir of an amazing adventure.
- Helmets are provided
- Price US$20 for the first person, each additional person + US$6. Maximum of three people per boat. Price includes fisherman and his boat, fuel, motorbike taxi, bottled water and catch of the day
- one-day advance reservation is required