Wouldn’t it be great to go on a Conrad-esque adventure; buy a wooden longboat and sail it up the Mekong, from its delta in Vietnam to its source on the Tibetan Plateau? That’s what two Western photographers thought.
With backing from an NGO focused on water and sanitation, the Canadian and South African bought a wooden long-tail boat and “sort of” learned to sail it. They also started a blog: A River’s Tail.
In an interview with Sixth Tone, Gareth Bright and Luc Forsyth shared what they’ve learned about Western ideas of development, what it means to be selfless, and how the river’s delicate ecosystem connects people.