Blogs from Muang Ngoi Neua, North, Laos, Asia - page 3


Asia » Laos » North » Muang Ngoi Neua April 22nd 2012

As i still was in the travelers trail and so far every economy of every village i've visited comprised out of a variety of guesthouses and restaurants to support the mostly young visitors from other countries ... as was this tiny little river town, thus after my difficult hike and two cycles of sleep ii ventured out to some local hill villages ... just when i was about to decide which road to take leaving town, i saw a couple walking ahead of mi ... i thought this can't be ... those long legs belong to Chantal, the dutch girl i shared the 'bush' toilet with when the slowboat stopped to let off some locals at a small village on our way to muang ngoi ... and so another chance encounter in the middle of the ... read more
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chantal and michiel
cooling off in the stream

Asia » Laos » North » Muang Ngoi Neua January 27th 2012

27th Jan ’12 Luang Prabang to Muang Ngoi via Nong Khiaw And everything we had read about Laos said nothing ever happens on time and you always have to wait at least an extra hour….HUH! once again despite being up and down for breakfast a full 30 minutes before the earliest pick up time we had been given, our drinks had only just arrived and the tuk tuk guy was there and we had to set off without any breakfast once again! We were travelling ultra-light as we had arranged to leave our ruck sacks at the Merry Laos until we get back in 3 days and I’m so glad we did. We joined another 6 people who were amazed we didn’t have any luggage and had all missed their breakfasts also! We got chatting to ... read more
Muang Ngoi
Muang Ngoi
Muang Ngoi

Asia » Laos » North » Muang Ngoi Neua January 11th 2012

A minibus picked me up at the guesthouse and then drove around picking up a few more passengers before dropping us off at the minibus station where I found the vehicle that was headed to Nong Khiaw. It was a very nice 3 and a half hour trip and surprisingly we didn't stop at a restaurant for lunch, which seems to be the norm in this part of the world. Once at Nong Khiaw we had just enough time to have lunch before hopping in a boat bound for Muang Ngoi Neua up the Nam Ou river. This trip took just over an hour and had some very nice scenery along the way. Muang Ngoi Neua is more or less a village on the banks of the Nam Ou river that is set up for foreign ... read more
Kids playing games in village near Muang Ngoi Neua
Muang Ngoi Neua
Boat from Muang Khua to Hat Sa

Asia » Laos » North » Muang Ngoi Neua November 5th 2011

Imagine if you will, a village with no tarmacked roads, in fact, no vehicular land transport and accessible only by boat on therusset-opaque waters of the Nam Ou river. A village where the generators that provide electricity hum into life just after sunset for a mere 4 hours of power. No wifi. No hot water. No fridges. Chickens, dogs and barefooted children wander the lanes between flimsy looking bamboo constructed homes. Women bathe in the cappuccino coloured waters of the river washing themselves, their clothes and huge baskets of sticky rice. Men chop bamboo and carry balanced on the shoulders bunches of freshly machete cut morning glory. Imagine that cockerels are the morning alarm clocks and the steady beat of themonks’ drums from the village wat echo every morning and evening – the sounds reverberating off ... read more

Asia » Laos » North » Muang Ngoi Neua October 12th 2011

by Jan Its our last day in Laos, but I am just getting around to write our first blog post about this forgotten country. We spent almost a month here and there is a lot to write about, but let's take it one step at a time and start at the beginning. From Thailand we crossed the mighty Mekong river and once on the other side we were in Lao PDR, which is now the official name of the country. The old, original name is Lan Xang Hom Khao (Million Elephants, White Parasol). If we didn't know that the river was also the border between the countries we would probably just walk straight from the pier without passing all the border formalities. By the looks of it you would never guess you are at the border ... read more
Monks receiving food
Beer Lao, sticky rice and "nuts"

Asia » Laos » North » Muang Ngoi Neua September 7th 2011

It's 7.36pm on Tuesday 6th September- Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I'm currently sat upright in bed running two laptops, catching glimpses of Big Cat Diary in the background and listening to the snores and snorts from Scott as he probably dreams of snow or something cold! After typing the previous sentence I've realised I should probably reduce my carbon footprint immediately and turn off a few things, okay a sock in Scott's mouth it is!! We've already passed through Vietnam and spent three weeks travelling north to south so I have a lot to catch up on. Brace yourself - This could be a long one! This is where all the activity happened and to this day we still regularly talk about this section of the trip for many reasons as you'll come to understand. Where do ... read more

Asia » Laos » North » Muang Ngoi Neua August 27th 2011

After a few days in the ‘big city’ that is Luang Prabang, we decided to head four hours northeast, to the riverside town of Nong Khiaw, where we planned to spend a night before furthering our journey upriver to sleepy Muang Ngoi Neua. Arriving into Nong Khiaw was the perfect tonic following another nerve shattering minibus ride. A meandering twenty minute walk from the bus station took us through this dilapidated village, where the only commerce shops of any sort appeared to be pharmacies. After a while we happened upon an aging bridge, hanging high over the Nam Ou river and it was on the opposite side of this bridge where we found our lodgings for the night – Sunrise Guesthouse, which given its perfect location on the banks of the river, with obligatory limestone mountain ... read more
Boats on the Nam Ou
Sunset at Nong Khiaw
Random discarded bucket

Asia » Laos » North » Muang Ngoi Neua February 16th 2011

Na wat relaxte dagen in Luang Prabang besloten Rob en ik stroomopwaarts de Nam Ou rivier te volgens richting de grens met China. De eerste bestemming was Nong Khiaw. In de Lonely Planet stond dat we kaartjes moesten kopen bij de Navigation Office. De prijs leek aannemelijk dus dat ook gedaan. Toen we terug liepen naar het hotel liepen we langs de bootlanding en daar was het 2 euro per tickets goedkoper, 50 meter verderop. Maar het werd nog erger. Bij aankoop van de kaartjes werd ons belooft dat er maximaal 14 mensen op de boot pasten en gingen. Nadat we de ochtend van de trip van de Navigation Office naar de bootlanding waren gelopen telden we echter 20 mensen. Rustig probeerde ik te vragen of er dan ook twee boten gingen maar dat was niet ... read more
De houten bankjes
Broek uit, duwen

Asia » Laos » North » Muang Ngoi Neua February 3rd 2011

Since we’ve been away travelling we’ve both really wanted to really get off the beaten track, and visit a local village out of the more touristy areas. Laos seemed like the perfect place to do this as it’s such an interesting remote country but the people are so friendly. With Claire and James we put our heads together (and with a little bit of help and friendly advice from a local guy in Luang Prabang) we decided to arrange our adventure by ourselves and not with an organised tour which would have only taken away from the experience we were looking for (and cost triple the price!). We left Luang Prabang by bus to go further north to Nong Khiew, and once we had arrived we needed to find the port for taking a boat (only ... read more
Chilling the night before the trek
The road to nowhere...
Don't take yer eyes off the road!

Asia » Laos » North » Muang Ngoi Neua April 6th 2010

Ein Stückchen weiter flussaufwärts von Nong Khiaw liegt Muang Ngoi (Neua), ein winziges Dörfchen direkt am Fluss, das lediglich aus einem Weg besteht, für den die Bezeichnung "Hauptstraße" schon eine Übertreibung wäre. Hinter den traditionellen Häusern am Hauptweg liegen dann noch ein paar andere mehr oder weniger ordentlich in der Gegend verteilt herum. Ein kleiner Tempel und ein Schulgebäude runden das Bild ab. Muang Ngoi ist lediglich in einer etwa einstündigen Fahrt mit dem Boot von Nong Khiaw aus erreichbar. Keine Straße führt in den abgelegenen Ort, was zur Folge hat, dass die asiatische Freiheit auf zwei Rädern, das Motorrad, aus dem Dorf verbannt ist. Die einzigen Motorengeräusche, die man zu hören bekommt, sind das gelegentliche langsame Vorbeituckern eines Motorboots und das allabendliche Rattern der Generatoren, die das Dorf lediglich von ca. 18 bis 22 Uhr ... read more
Frauen beim Waeschewaschen mitten im Fluss
Bootsfahrt nach Muang Ngoi Neua
Bootsfahrt nach Muang Ngoi Neua

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