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Asia » Laos » North » Muang Ngoi Neua March 7th 2015

Passing the border to Laos was, as Cambodia, not without a scam! Knowing a visa costs 30 dollars and you have five dollars of admission fee, we took only the amount mentioned needed on the governements website. Of course when we arrived at the border they asked 35 dollars for the visa, two dollars extra because it was a Saturday, two dollars of admission fee and three dollars to get your passport back. This really pissed us off, as now we didn't had enough to pay for these additional fees and felt after all not that smart only having the exact amount. Luckily, a very nice couple of Chile borrowed us the missing dollars to get our passports back! Happy to arrive at our first stop in Laos, Muang Kwa, after 18 hours laying as a ... read more
Muang Kwa - Nam River
Message at Hostel for boattrip to Nong Khiaw
Information for boattrip on the door of the tourism information centre

Asia » Laos » North » Muang Ngoi Neua February 24th 2015

So much has happened in the past couple of weeks that it would be impossible to condense it all into a blog entry without writing a dissertation. In summary: In luang nam tha I cycled to a waterfall out of town. The journey took me through some local villages and impossibly green rice paddies and agricultural areas. After luang nam tha I returned to Huay Xai. Here I embarked on the gibbon experience. It lasted for three days and it was exhilarating. I ziplined at dizzying heights over dense jungle (this was fun in the dark at 5.30 in the morning), trekked, jumped in a freezing waterfall pool, stayed for the night in (apparently) the tallest treehouse in the world, enjoyed bamboo soup which the guide had rustled up from the jungle and managed to stomach ... read more

Asia » Laos » North » Muang Ngoi Neua March 20th 2013

13-19th Mar It was so slow. We got a boat up to Muang Ngoi Neua. We had to go over rapids, they were so fun. The whole boat went up and down. We eventually got there and went to see some caves, they were so big. When the U.S.A came over to bomb Vietnam , if they didn't drop some on Vietnam they would drop them on Laos. There were more than 100 people living there. There were still some medicine bottles, food tins and gas lamps there. There was this really sparkly rock, which had lots of crystals in. It was as high as my whole arm. It was so dark we had to use torches. On the way back we went canyoning and tubing, I used the tube. On the first rapid I was ... read more
Paddling Downstream
View Point 1
Water Buffalo

Asia » Laos » North » Muang Ngoi Neua March 19th 2013

11-19th Mar Today we had a long boring drive to Nong Khiew. On the way there we stopped to have something local. We looked around and saw some fried baby chicks. After that we never had something local to eat, we just had a banana sandwich. When we finally arrived we looked for a hotel and found a very clean one. When we got to the hotel there was an amazing view of the mountain and sunset. People on the river were fishing by slapping the water, picking river weed to eat, and taking locals on motorised dugout boats. Jonathan Laos etiquette /- Hands and thumbs together level with the eyebrows - praying to Buddha or addressing a Monk. Hands and thumbs together under the nose - addressing parents. Hands and thumbs together under the chin ... read more
Nam Ou River
Nong Khiew Bridge
Nice Place

Asia » Laos » North » Muang Ngoi Neua January 23rd 2013

Our trek began with a boat ride south on the Nam Ou, adn a visit to Se Kong, a Lao Lum (a tribe of lowland Lao) village (in retrospect Meagan pointed out that this visit was probably because our local guide was late, but we didn't notice at the time...). We soon began trekking and the scenery was gorgeous, lush mountains one minute, then traversing dry rice paddies, strolling through animal farms (usually situated about a 30-minute walk from the villages) and then through jungle landscape. We stopped at Ta Lem, a Khmu village, and then for lunch in its H'Mong counterpart, Yong (many hilltowns are divided in two by tribes), where we could see people's activities during the dry season, since they are not caring for the rice fields. Everywhere people were tending to their ... read more
Local kids at building site
H'Mong girl
Night is falling

Asia » Laos » North » Muang Ngoi Neua January 22nd 2013

Our boat trip north from Luang Prabang, which was supposed to take 7 hours at best, began with one hour searching for petrol, continued into a rather large and relentless rainstorm and through freezing winds and river water constantly flushing inside the boat as if to make friends with all the passengers. Consequently, we saw nothing but mist of the beautiful scenery we were supposed to pass by, were wet and cold (not to mention stiff from trying to sit on the only corner of the stool not washed by rapids) and too late into Nong Khiaw to try and convince the boat men to take us all the way to Muang Ngoi (rapids are many, and they will only do it if they have time for the retunr trip before nightfall, which due to our ... read more
Welcome
Meet the locals 1
Peekaboo

Asia » Laos » North » Muang Ngoi Neua December 24th 2012

23 Dec: First night in Nong Khiaw; and 24 Dec: Tour to Muang Ngoi (note: a number of photos appear towards the bottom of the page). Upon arriving in Nong Khiaw I and a couple other women staying at the same accomodation grabbed a tuk tuk over to “Nong Kiau River Side Resort” (http://www.nongkiau.com/). This turned out to be my highlight destination on the trip for relaxing and definitely makes my all-time top 10 list for places I’d like to return to – I can’t recommend the location enough. While it’s was expensive in Laos terms it was nothing to what one would spend on a similar accommodation in NZ, AUS or USA. While checking-in I noticed that they were having an Xmas eve dinner for the following night so I booked myself a seat – ... read more
front view of the cabin
Bedroom/living area
View of the river from the shower.

Asia » Laos » North » Muang Ngoi Neua August 26th 2012

After spending a week relaxing in the lovely Luang Prabang(LP) the adventurer inside of me wanted to see some real Laos. It was difficult to drag myself away though; LP seems to get into your blood like some sort of weird process of town to human osmosis. It must be something they put in the Beer Laos. Osmosis, bloody hell, I haven’t thought of that word since a-level biology, maybe Beer Laos stimulates brain activity too?! Best get another one in…. Anyway, because we were too scared to get the bus ‘up north’ we decided to take the eight hour slow boat. On the morning we set off I was quickly thinking we had made the wrong leaving decision to leave, as once again on the day we travelled the rain was belting down. After getting ... read more
Ready to explore or ready to nap?!
Petrol Station
Heading up the Nam Song River

Asia » Laos » North » Muang Ngoi Neua May 20th 2012

A cute small town located on the banks of the Nam Ou river. Karsts cliffs towered over the river on both sides. We walked to the Tham Pha Tok cave where villages hid out during the second Indonesian War. Just as we walked out we became engulfed in a huge storm and we ran back to the cave with some local kids to wait it out. The next day we went down the Nam Ou river back to Luang Prabang on a private boat with some other travelors stopping by a local village and the Pak Ou Caves full of budha statues.... read more

Asia » Laos » North » Muang Ngoi Neua May 1st 2012

Of all the countries we planned to visit, Laos was the most enigmatic. We cannot recall a single item of news or feature about Laos. Myanmar was mysterious, but no stranger to followers of UK news. Tonga is the Secret South, but they play rugby at the world cup, and Captain James Cook went there. All we knew about Laos is that it had been one of the world’s poorest countries. Even its two decade long conflict is known as the ‘Secret War’. Northern Laos feels remote, rural and relatively undiscovered. We entered the country at the small town of Huay Xai, on the eastern bank of the Mekong River, which flows by languorously in the parched days of April. Unless you want to backtrack into Thailand, there’s no place bigger within than a two-day boat ... read more
Northern Laos landscape
Visiting the hideout caves is significantly easier nowadays
One of several caves we visited




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