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Asia » Laos » North » Luang Namtha February 17th 2018

Saturday, we are mixing up the days, we thought yesterday was Thursday, but in fact Friday. Definitely Saturday today though. Up early, breakfasted and determined to get amongst the hills and mountains for our Jungle trek (without guide). Cooler day so far, and with an early start hope to do a 3 hour round trip to some spectacular caves in these limestone Karsts. With the aid of hobomaps, we roughly plan our intended route. Although humidity low, the Sun soon starts to bite. Luckily, we reach the jungle after only 30 minutes. We had passed a lookout point enroute but declined the near vertical bamboo ladders rising probably 700 ft , moving on the same track, the Jungle is dense and well shaded but the path is well trodden and here that is important, because you ... read more
Cave and viewpoiint that  we declined
In the jungle
Jungle trek

Asia » Laos » North » Luang Namtha January 3rd 2017

Laos – languid and lovely – January, 2017 It’s New Year’s Day and I’m about to experience yet another new airline, Lao Airlines. I can only hope and pray they don’t follow the lead of Shanghai Airlines and China Eastern by either damaging my suitcase further, or totally losing it altogether! Fingers, eyes and toes crossed both my luggage and I make the trip. Not sure how much longer my “new” suitcase will last. The second of the 4 spinner wheels broke off this morning – at least the bag doesn’t list to an awkward angle any more. The way this trip is going, I’ll need to buy a new one before I make the transpacific flights home. Too bad they don’t manufacture titanium ones – that just might survive my traveling lifestyle. A relaxing morning ... read more

Asia » Laos » North » Luang Namtha February 13th 2016

Après cette petite semaine tranquille la mouvance ce remet en route ! Luang Prabang - Muang Xai : Pour cette étape ce sera un bus pour ce remettre sur le chemin du nord, petit coucher de soleil dans les hauteur de la ville au temple en haut de la colline ! C'est la que je retrouve pars hasard Erwan, nous repartirons donc à vélo ensemble le lendemain et pour quelques jours ! Muang Xai - Namor: 60 km Nouveau départ à vélo dans les montagnes ont profite du paysage, mange à ville et passe au marché pour des provision pour le soir ! De la ont ce plante la tente à côté d'une rivière et au programme du soir petite sorte de ratatouille ( Courgette, Aubergine, Haricot ,Tomate, Choux, oignons ... ) Namor - Luang Namtha: ... read more

Asia » Laos » North » Luang Namtha January 18th 2016

Day 59 - I had to double check this! It's gone very quick, though I also feel I've done and seen so much, grateful that I've had the chance to be in these places so far. Part i) --> It was time to move into a new country. My first visa entry was up and though I felt so settled and happy in Thailand - I could easily have had another month up in the north and to especially get to Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, and let alone Chiang Mai - I would get to these places later on and now felt excited to step into places and cultures a new. I guessed that I'd have to learn the new subtleties, the new 'obviouses' and all the little daily things which I probably hadn't quite ... read more
View from guesthouse
Street scene
Temple construction, layers

Asia » Laos » North » Luang Namtha September 27th 2015

Møjn! Nogle vilde dage i Champasak var overståede og vi havde brug for at komme til civilizationen igen, næste stop hed Luang Prabang i det nordlige Laos. I fugleflugt er turen egentlig ikke så lang, men halvdelen af ruten går via den smukke, men ikke så rare, vej gennem snoede grusstier i bjergene, 22 timer ialt i bus. "Route of death" bliver den også kaldt da der er indtil flere busser der er styrtet over kanten. Vi valgte for en gangs skyld komforten og tog et fly - 45 minutter så var vi der. Rart :) Luang Prabang, som er på UNESCOS verdens naturarv liste, ligger indhyldet i et flot, bjergrigt landskab og er en gammel by, kendt for den fine blanding af Lao byggestil blandet med Europæisk kolonistil. Der ligger også flere templer i byen ... read more
Pitstop på moto for at købe pomelo
Elefanter på vejen, så venter vi da bare!
Tat Kuang Si, direkte grimt er det ikke :)

Asia » Laos » North » Luang Namtha July 21st 2015

Sarah: On our last night in Luang Prabang we revisited the same wine bar from the previous evening (they give free nuts, try and keep us away!). A carafe of chilled Merlot later and we were ready to find some dinner. We wandered the nice relaxed streets of the old town before settling on a busy looking restaurant on one of the main streets. We still had an appetite for Lao food and so went for some local dishes: a delicious vermicelli noodle dish for Nick and a simple but yummy fish stew for me. The next morning was our third early morning in a row to get our minibus north to Luang Nam Tha. Whilst waiting for our brekkie 45 minutes before our departure time the owner of the guesthouse (who had sorted out our ... read more
The trek begins!
Enjoying the trek

Asia » Laos » North » Luang Namtha July 15th 2015

Once again we say goodbye to one country and hello to another. See you again China. Crossing the border into Laos was fairly straight forward as the trip went. The time it took to leave Chinese immegration took much longer for us than the other travellers and locals crossing the border. We had the whole bus waiting for us getting irritable due to the extra processes needed to check whether our passports were genuine. Many people were being let through and we were told to stand aside like we had done something wrong. After waiting patiently for 10 minutes after we should have been let through we asked the duty manager if something was wrong with our passports (calmly may I add) and got shouted at agressively and told to step back. Chris told P to ... read more
Our 2 additional guides on day 2
Taking in the view at the end
Adorable girl sussing us out.

Asia » Laos » North » Luang Namtha February 9th 2015

From Chiang Mai I made my way to Chiang rai, which is further north. I found this guesthouse which had a strong, laid back, reggae vibe. My room was little more than a shack indoors with holes between the wooden slats forming the wall. But it was a social place and it was character building. The guesthouse had a bar lounge area and I met several cool people there over drinks which led to a woozy head in the morning and on one occasion bile in the toilet. My lonely planet guide told me that I shouldn't expect the highest standards of service from the place given its super chilled vibe. Well it could say that again: on my last night a member of staff became embroiled in a brawl with a customer over the bar ... read more

Asia » Laos » North » Luang Namtha May 27th 2014

The bus trip to Luang Namtha was back to our usual standards, cramped with extra people sitting in the aisle, hot and sweaty. The scenery was beautiful as we wound our way up towards the northern border of Laos, China and Myanmar. The area is famous for trekking in the jungle and visiting hill tribes. The villages in the mountains retain their own animist beliefs and local customs and there are over 20 unique ethnic tribes. There are similar trekking experiences in Thailand and Vietnam but this area has not been on the tourist as long. The region is particularly important in Laos as the Nam Ha jungle was designated as the first national park in Laos and is also one of the biggest parks in the country. Luckily for me, Luang Nam Tha town is ... read more
Akha Village
our bed in the Chief's house
Cooking dinner

Asia » Laos » North » Luang Namtha September 24th 2013

I had almost forgotten how serenely calm the Laotian highlands were, but it didn't take long for my memory to be stirred again. A 4h winding bus ride took me from the riverside border town of Huai Xai to Luang Nam Tha, often deemed to be Laotian trekking HQ. Being the closest major town to the border crossing with China, this would be my second and last stop in the country this time. It also happened to be pretty much the single remaining major place mentioned in my LP for Laos that I'd missed out on my trip here last year, so it was with some satisfaction that I managed to make it there. Goes to show all you need is some determination, and a little planning...I wasn't exactly in Luang Nam Tha for the trekking ... read more
Erm I think I'll pass!
Money does grow on Trees!
Luang Nam Tha

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