Backpackers Becalmed on a Jungle River in Cambodia.

Backpackers Becalmed on a Jungle River in Cambodia.

Above photo: Like a scene from BACK – Backpackers becalmed on the Sesan River in the tri-border jungle.

When we were in the tri-border area of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia recently, we travelled up the Sesan River, close to the border of Vietnam and Cambodia.

The Sesan River, Cambodia, near the Vietnamese border.

The Sesan River, Cambodia, near the Vietnamese border. The backpackers were a speck in the distance.

In my novel BACK, I feature backpackers travelling on a raft along a fast-flowing river, very similar to this, as they try to escape from the jungle with their lives, so I was intrigued to see a small speck far in the distance on the river as we headed towards Vietnam.

The jungle scenery along the banks of the Sesan River.

The jungle scenery along the banks of the Sesan River.

As we got closer, I discovered the speck was comprised of three backpackers and a Cambodian guide, in the middle of nowhere, becalmed on a raft, coming back from a trek into the tri-border jungle. They were saving money by not taking a trip by motorized dugout canoe, but instead by taking a day to float downriver, squeezed onto this raft.

Having checked they were OK, our boatman set off upriver, leaving them hoping for wind or a sudden tide.

We took the motorised canoe option of heading up the river.

We took the motorised canoe option of heading up the river.

See the trailer for our new film, M.I.A. A Greater Evil. Set in the jungles of Laos and Vietnam, the film deals with the possible fate of US servicemen left behind after the US pulled out of the Vietnam War.

For POWs left behind in Laos, see also:

BACK Parts 1 and 2:

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Front cover of BACK Part 1.

Front cover of BACK Part 1.

Front cover of BACK Part 2.

Front cover of BACK Part 2.

 

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