Win a Guidebook for the Mekong River

This weekend I am in Isaan for the launch of two new guidebooks. This first one is called “The Mekong: Journeys along the River of Life”. I have several copies of this new guidebook (in English and Thai) which I will be giving away to a lucky reader of this blog. The guidebook should prove an inspiration for travellers who want to take a memorable journey along the course of the mighty Mekong. Running through Thailand in the provinces of Chiang Rai, Loei, Nong Khai, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, and Ubon Ratchathani, the Mekong River creates life, culture, and friendship along it’s course from the instant it enters Thailand to the moment it departs to Laos.

The guidebook covers six major routes: The River of the Three Cultures (Chiang Rai), A Bond Between Two Cities (Nan Province), Pact of the River (Loei Province), Small Houses by the River (Loei and Nong Khai Provinces), Gateway to the Neighbour (Nong Khai and Nakhon Phanom Provinces), and Mystical Mix of Culture and Natural Phenomenon (Mukdahan Province and Ubon Ratchathani Provinces). The guidebook provides useful information and helpful tips for readers to plan an unforgettable journey. There are also listings for accommodation, dining and shopping.

To win a copy, all you have to do is post a comment below. Make sure you let me know whether you want an English or Thai version. The competition ends on Tuesday 29th March 2011. You have another chance to win the guidebook on my Facebook page ( and on the Paknam Web Forums ( Today I will be travelling along the Mekong River. I will be posting pictures live on Twitter which you can follow me on @RichardBarrow.

34 responses to “Win a Guidebook for the Mekong River

  1. Richard what a superb give-away. Hope I am lucky enough to get one, if I am could I have an English version please.

  2. Seems like a great book.Would be a nice addition to my book collection.

  3. ‘The River of Life’, I like that. The Mekong is indeed mighty and such a magnetic presence in all the countries it touches. Looking forward to a copy of this new book — English please — to inspire even more adventures along the Mekong. (Be happy to promote it on other forums and media outlets locally and internationally, too. Cheers and happy travels.

  4. I need the Thai version:)

  5. Kim Jernigan

    This appears to be a very informative book from everything I have seen. This past November/December, we visited the Mekong River in Chiang Rai Province but hope to see more areas further down the river on our future trips. The English version would be prefered since we are not able to read Thai very well.

  6. Great prize Richard. Next holiday on the Mekong I hope. English version please 🙂

  7. Oh boy!! I love guidebooks, love the Mekong, would love to win this book!! The English version would suit me. BTW, thanks for all of the great information you put out there on the web. I regularly cruise your Bangkok Days, Thai Festival and Thailand Guidebook sites to get ideas on travel around Thailand.


  8. look forward to reading it whether I win one or not


  9. I’d love to win an English one, signed please 🙂

  10. My first real experience of the Mekong was from the banks of the Lao side. Since then I’ve crossed several times by ferry and bridge and have come to love this part of Southeast Asia. In fact, I am considering living near the Mekong, with preferences for Chiang Rai, Nakhon Panom and Ubon. Maybe this book would help in that determination.

    Thanks for the great tour articles on Ubon!

  11. Ooh would love one of these in English – will be handy for our SE asia trip from Saigon to Bangkok in July!!

  12. Count me in, please, Richard!

  13. hi richard…… an english version coming my way would be nice….. thank you

  14. That would be the perfect fit for my journey 🙂 will be arriving on 11th of July!!! English would be perfect!

  15. Just what I need! I love the Mekong, would have loved to write this book. Reading it will save me a lot of time and enhance my pleasure in journeying along and over the river. English or Thai — I’ll buy the one I don’t win.

  16. Eugene paradero

    I have been there many times but i really don’t the story. I hope i am the lucky one who can get it!!!

  17. Fran Decoster

    My husband and I follow you on twitter to get our regular “Thai fix”. We miss Thailand and would love to come back to explore the mighty Mekong with help from you (in English). Thanks for all the good reporting you do.

  18. I would love nothing more than sipping an ice coffee by the banks of the Mekong. Preferably reading this guidebook (English version ) while I do it!

  19. Hi Richard,

    I always enjoy your tweets. They keep me updated about Thailand SEA region.
    It seems you have made some great guidebooks, lots of photographs which is always an nice plus.

    The Mekong is an awesome river with a great history.
    I am in for an English version of The Mekong 😉

  20. Looking forward to reading the English version and even better if it is free.

  21. I would love to have a Thai version for my Mother-in-law!

  22. Pamela Richards

    We would love to be able to have that book, the English version. We have a special connection with the Mekong and Thailand. Thank you Richard for your blogs.
    Don and Pam

  23. Komsan Singhatong

    Thanks for this. Would love to win an English version of this book.

  24. Hello Richard, I really would love to win a copy of the guidebook in English. I remember in 2003 I took a journey around the Mekong from Nong Khai to Sakhon Nakhon, and now would like to to try other routes.

  25. Another amazing give-away.
    I’d like to win the English version.

  26. Wow , what a fantastic book , I really like to have one .If I dont win it I will be very sad :D:D English language is my preference


  27. What time does it ends? Hope that I’m not late enough…
    Thai or English will do…

  28. Hi Richard, just in case I don’t win it on your forums… Count me in here as well as this has to be THE guidebook I have ever wanted so much, serious! 🙂

  29. Hi Richard,

    Hope I am not too late!
    If I am lucky and win I would prefer English version, please.
    Thank you.

    Best Wishes,

  30. Hi Richard !
    Very good idea and thank you for all your informations & news in Thailand 🙂

    (English version)

  31. Jon Ungphakorn

    I would recommend that you follow this up with a book on the Mekong in Laos. The seepundon area is beautiful and peaceful – like Thailand 50 years ago. English version please.

  32. Hi Richard,

    Hope all backpackers enjoy their exciting journey and explore more novelties further in the Mekong adventure with your valuable guidebook as a helpful tour guide and friendly travelling companion.

    Thanks for your generosity.

    (English version)

  33. Just to make it clear, this is not my guidebook. I was just invited to the launch.

  34. Thanks for all your entries. I have entered all of the names into the randomizer and here are the top 10 names. Only the first two are the winners but I have listed the others just in case I don’t hear from them.

    1 Komsan Singhatong
    2 isaanlife
    3 Ali Alireza
    4 Y.Y.
    5 Amy
    6 SiamRick
    7 Sandy in Bangkok
    8 Pamela Richards
    9 Mike
    10 Jon Ungphakorn

    Don’t forget, only the first two are the winners. The others are spare just in case the first two don’t claim their prize,