Have spent some time recently in the rather pleasant province of Ubon Ratchathani in the East of Thailand.... A thoroughly recommended place to stay, with super views across the Mekong (with Laos the other side - pic) is the Tohsang Khongjiam Resort in Khongjiam, Ubon.
I stood on the restaurant terrace overlooking the river when I spotted an odd shape sticking out near the waters edge (above pic: white shape inbetween the two chairs).
Venturing down the steep slopes and across the sandy rockfaces, it became clear it was an umbrella.
The old man had stolen grandson for a spot of Mekong Fishing.
Not only do you get the fantastic views and surrounding landscape at the Tohsang Khongjiam Resort, you also get the opportunity to get your rod out and fish the Mekong....
The old man wasn't going to break the habit of a lifetime though, being that he caught feck all.
More on the Tohsang later on...