Blogs from North, Laos, Asia - page 33


Asia » Laos » North » Luang Namtha December 8th 2007

Luang Namtha - haven't got time to write about this one just at the mo as we're gonna go get a bus're the photos of our trek into the national park in Luang Namtha. Enjoy. :) xxxx Right, LUANG NAMTHA..... is basically a big area of North Western Laos which is protected from mass tourism. It is mountains and rivers and lakes, and jungles and all sorts but protected as it is one of the last places where the Hill Tribes (people who live in the hills) still maintain their authentic lifestyle. So we arrived in LN and I felt terrible (all bus ride really) and to top it of there had been a powercut - apparently a common occurrence as this part of Laos still buys its electric from China and there are frequent ... read more
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Asia » Laos » North » Luang Namtha December 4th 2007

Tra Cina e Laos non esiste nessun tipo di confine fisico: foreste cedono il passo ad altre foreste, ma un forte cambiamento lo si avverte nella gente, i gentili e simpatici lao, il cui stile di vita e' decisamente piu' rilassato rispetto a quello dei loro vicini: il lavoro nei campi non e' mai frenetico, e' facile trovare uomini distesi all'ombra di un albero assorti in una profonda dormita; in citta' tutto si muove piano, dagli autobus, che aspettano pazientemente di riempirsi, ai negozianti, che si prendono il loro tempo prima di servirti ed in alcuni casi se ne scordano del tutto; uomini spensierati suonano la chitarra sull'uscio di casa, le donne, come sempre in Asia le piu' grandi lavoratrici, trovano sempre un attimo per ridere e scherzare; bambini seminudi giocano con i cani, polli ed ... read more
Louang Nam Tha: vita in campagna
Laos: nessuna ferrovia...
Louang Nam Tha: una birra nella foresta

Asia » Laos » North » Ban Nam Lai December 2nd 2007

Part 2 of the previous journal - Why should it just be the tourists who get to take pictures? These were taken by various village kids of Ban Nam Lai using my camera. (The numbers don't mean anything, just you have to give the photo a title to be able to upload it)... read more
Woman with traditional headdress and man with pants on his head

Asia » Laos » North » Ban Nam Lai December 1st 2007

I spent a couple of days trekking in northern Laos from Luang Nam Tha to a hill tribe village, Ban Nam Lai, where we spent the night. There were no roads at all to the village, so not even a motorbike there, and other than the odd Man Utd item, life there seemed to our European eyes to be unchanged from what it must have been like hundreds of years ago (although the villagers may well feel differently). The hill tribe was Akha, and fortunately for us we arrived on night 1 of a 3 day wedding celebration, which we were invited to. This involved us, out of politeness, having to down shots of lao-lao, the rice whiskey here, which the groom then rewarded with a handful of sweeties and a fag. First time I've experienced ... read more
Sunset over Thailand
Moon in Laos
Waterfall on trek

Asia » Laos » North » Phongsali November 23rd 2007

As always i hope you and yours are doing well. this is the 4th and final blog on laos titled hill tribes. currently i am in northern Vietnam on a 3 day motorcycle trek. today is day one and if tomorrow and the next day are the same as today i should have a few great photos to share. Anyway, onto the hill tribes The first hill tribe trek that i took left from muang ngoi on the nam Ou river. First, let me mention that they are called hill tribes because they live on the "tops" of hills. We walked for a few hours with our guide before stopping in a village for lunch. From there it was about a four hour walk up to the Seang savang, a khmu village. we arrived shortly before ... read more
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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 » Luang Namtha October 14th 2007

It is I, Ashlee. Patrick is not feeling well after our bumpy bus ride to Luang Nam Tha, so is sleeping, but he will write again soon I promise :) We departed Muang Ngoi Neau by boat, and landed in Nhong Khiew, back on the main trails of Laos. From there, we ran into some travel difficulties, which although frustrating at first, actually led to be one of our most memorable days here so far. We originally wanted to catch a bus to Luang Nam Tha, about 6 hrs bus-ride away, but quickly learned that as we were the only two people going, the bus wouldn't take us. This isn't the first time the low tourist season hasn't worked in our favour. We then decided to catch a bus headed to Luang Prabang but we would ... read more
Looking over Muang Sing valley
En route to Nam Ded Kauw
Taking a rest from hunting

Asia » Laos » North » Muang Sing September 23rd 2007

Today five of us woke up really early to go to Muang Sing to see the morning maret. I really enjoyed the food market as it was the most different from anything I've seen before. The vegetable market was selling some interesting things that included some sort of noodle jello, Lao popcorn, the biggest bunch of garlic I've ever seen, as well as some Lao vegetables and snacks (that I have no idea how to say in English). There were so many Lao people there with such energy! The majority of the people had on every day street clothes but there are some older women who have beautiful sarongs, wonderful shell bracelets and head coverings that they wear as they walk around and sell them. I think what really blew me away about the whole trip ... read more

Asia » Laos » North » Luang Namtha September 22nd 2007

I seem to adjust to people I talk to. "Xishuangbanna is a great place" "What do you mean by great place?" I want to say whatever you think a great place is, that's what it is, but I just describe the kind of place he wants to hear to him. I picked that place simply because I know he will like it. I love watching people smile, love listening to people laugh and love when others are happy. I just talked with a bunch of Europeans (German, English and Belgium) about why they're here, what they're doing here, how did they come here, it's the same conversation every time but it's new and interesting every single time. It's truly amazing to discover these things about people and what they think of the world, it's life changing ... read more
Muang Sing Market
Woman selling Wares

Asia » Laos » North » Luang Namtha September 21st 2007

I am totally exhausted! Damian is moaning like an old man...nope sorry an old woman actually! We have had a really magnificent experince today. We went treking! We started on our trek in the Lanteen Village of Ban Nam Dee wher we could see rice fields that wandered high up onto the mountainside. we treked up teh mountain side through a forest where we stopped and had lunch. We then went to some upland rice paddies where we met the cheif of teh Sida ethnic group (tibeto-burman group) and his men chopping bamboo up to make a hut to dry rice in.They were so welcoming even though we could not say anymore than hello or thankyou. we sat under one of the huts while our guide Paul chatted to them they even shared their Lao whiskey,fags ... read more
yummy fish
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