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Asia » Laos » North » Muang Ngoi Neua July 8th 2008

I'm behind on my travelblogs so I will just do a quite blurb to get up to date. Trekking in Chiang Mai was fantastic. I have never sweat so much--it is so humid in the jungle. Riding the elephants was fantastic-- ours had a baby and it could hardly get up the hills. The mother kept having to push it up the hill- it was so cute. We also saw an elephant show, and it was really amazing to see the things that they were able to train the elephants to do-- like play the harmonica and paint pictures! It was really great. The white water rafting was also a blast! Our guide was not exceptional at giving us direction and we kept ending up on the rocks, but he was crazy and really fun. The ... read more
Coke, Beerlao, chips!
Taking the Plunge!

Asia » Laos » North » Muang Ngoi Neua April 7th 2008

Since we began our travels fellow backpackers were telling us about a small villiage in northern Laos called Muang Ngoy that can only be reached by boat-and that only when the river is high enough. We took a trip up to Nong Khieo in a mini van and then waited with other travellers for the ferry. The trip up to this villiage is very popular with Israelis. So many young travlellers have recommended the place and we were told that this villiage is part of a dissappearing trail that many of them visit. Our boat was packed and so heavy that we had to get out and walk about one mile through sand dunes while the boat found its way up the rapids. During the walk, the Lao woman leading us starting screaming as did several ... read more

Asia » Laos » North » Muang Ngoi Neua April 1st 2008

Hi everyone, we're back from our jungle trip to Muong Ngoi. A fantastic adventure - and no doubt one therapists will earn a living from in ensuing decades. We spent 3.30 hours on a mini bus to Ngon Khiaw, then hopped on a skinny wooden motor boat with too many other tourists for the one-hour trip to Muong Ngoi. Now, in Australia, to run rapids like this would involve lifejackets, helmets and a 30 minute safety talk. Here, they just pick a line around the rocks and gun the engines. Simple. Then we broke down. Nice. Spent about 90 minutes on the shore trying a clearly useless battery, wishing Opa was here to sort 'em out. Before it got too dark, they sent another boat for us. Muong Ngoi has become a bit of a tourist ... read more
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Asia » Laos » North » Muang Ngoi Neua January 28th 2008

Muang Ngoi and surrounding villages, 25-28 January 2008 The villages we visited on a three-day trek from Muang Ngoi were absolutely amazing. Their skills, their commitment to their village and love of their neighbours, their resourcefulness and their motivation to not only survive but thrive in this isolated place prompted me to ask myself the question: Why are their equivalents in a so-called '1st World' nation like Australia so much worse off than those of this under-developed, poor nation? With no government 'assistance' or even true recognition, these people develop their own society and flourish! Arriving in Muang Ngoi, the serene farming-come-tourist village on the Nam Oh River, we took a dozen steps out our front door and found a dirt cheap lunch and an enthusiastic guide willing to take us on a 3-day trek around ... read more
River where the trek starts
Julie wading through a creek
Village blacksmith

Asia » Laos » North » Muang Ngoi Neua January 25th 2008

Nong Khiaw, 24 January 2008 Stepping off the bus at Nong Khiaw was one of those moments you dream about when you decide to take up backpacking. To me it felt like a doorway to the unknown, like you're not yet away from the safe and familiar, but you're at the edge of it. Your next step will thrust you deep into unchartered territory. Located at the second of three vehicle crossing points of the Nam Oh River, the town is divided down the centre by the river itself and is connected by a spectacular bridge that rises high above the clear water. The town sits in the shadow of a limestone cliff face to a spectacular mountain. The natural scenery is dazzling in every direction you look. Our bungalow looked out over the river. We ... read more
Nong Khiaw pier
Working on the budget
Restaurant Nong Khiaw

Asia » Laos » North » Muang Ngoi Neua January 14th 2008

Since Laos has been so amazing, I haven't been able to update my blog lately. Sorry. However, we have decided to kick back for a week in a little town in Northern Thailand called Pai so I figure I can get you all up to speed by the time I leave here. So here it goes . . . After Mark and I left Loung Nam Tha, we headed off to hang out in some little towns on the Nam Ou River. Our first night was spent in Noung Khaiw which was a nice place to recover from 10 hours in a bus or tuk-tuk which even included little car sick children. The next day, we got up, packed our bags and headed to the boat dock so we could catch a slow boat upstream to ... read more
Rice Paddies
Hill Tribe Village
Good view

Asia » Laos » North » Muang Ngoi Neua October 14th 2007

Hello one and all! Long time no talk - sorry for the lack of communication, Patrick and I have been internet-less for quite some time. The lack of e-mail has been one of the many differences we have noticed between Laos and Vietnam. We emerged from the plane from Hanoi into a land of calm, quiet, and beauty. Luang Prapang, the 2nd or 3rd largest town in Laos (at 26 000 ppl) is situated between two rivers, the Nam Ou, which runs from Northern Laos, and the Mekong, originating in China I believe. The surrounding area is a dense jungle of beautiful green colours and much wildlife, I am sure. However, the life in Luang Prapang isn't so wild. It is beautiful little town, with tidy streets and shops and welcoming restaurants lined along the Mekong. ... read more
Monk walking in the Luang Prabang Rain
Our bus to Nong Khaih
Our boat to Muang Ngoi

Asia » Laos » North » Muang Ngoi Neua August 21st 2007

Day 144 We got up early as we'd been told (although very unclearly!) that there was a boat to Muang Ngoi Neua (MNN) at 8am. MNN is about an hour further up the river and only reachable by boat and we'd been told it was a great place to explore some of the local countryside and visit some of the small local villages without needing a guide. There was no boat at 8, the first being at 11, so we dropped our bags near the dock and had a wander around the village. At 11 we got the boat and when we arrived at MNN we found a little bungalow on the riverfront for 75p a night and settled in. As we had lunch we watched the local ladies making LaoLao - the knock-your-head-off local rice ... read more
our bungalow
Local ladies making LaoLao
taking advantage of a river on our walk

Asia » Laos » North » Muang Ngoi Neua June 18th 2007

Asia » Laos » North » Muang Ngoi Neua April 30th 2007

Luang Prabang, Nong Khiawn Muang Ngoi Nuea, Luang PrabangJason & Kirstyn O Travelled by local bus (no chickens) to Nong Khiaw. From here we caught a boat up the Nam Ou (River) to the tiny village of Muang Ngoi Neua. The boat was more like an oversized wooden canoe and the driver was very adept at getting us up the rapids without tipping us out! Muang Ngoi Neua has a population under 1000 people and there is only really one main dirt street in town. We found it to be one of the most relaxing places we have found so far on our trip. The town itself has several guesthouses and restaurants but is otherwise dependant upon farming and other industries such as making tools and fabric weaving within the local area. Power is provided by ... read more
Dinner and Drinks Meuang Noi Neua
Rice fields amongst the Mountains
Tubing at Meuang Noi

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