Blogs from North, Laos, Asia - page 34


Asia » Laos » North » Luang Namtha March 17th 2007

Super spravy - idem robit "The Gibbon Experience" - ked mi prisiel e-mail ktory potvrdil ze to este ako tak stiham predtym ako mi skoncia viza - od radosti som chcela otvorit sampanske :-) Idem tam 28.3. na 3 dni - je mozne ze budem musiet zostat jeden den dlhsie ako mi dovoluju viza a na hranici chcu 10 USD za kazdy den navyse ale snad to stihnem. Momentalne som uz par dni v meste Luang Nam Tha a zajtra kde som este nasla internet ale zajtra sa posuvam do dediniek z elektrinou len od 19:00 do 22:00 takze rodina odo mna nebude asi 2 tyzdne pocut zrejme az z Thajska kde sa dostanem zaciatkom aprila. Mozem prehlasit ze som velmi spokoja - momentalne mi nic ine k stastiu nechyba. Vsade je uvolnena atmosfera, denne stretavam ... read more
Close up
Miesta zena v Nam Dee - su polonahe a fajcia fajky - nechceli sme verit vlastnym ociam

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

Z Nong Khiaw sme sa za hodinu dostali lodou do malickej dedinky Muang Ngoi Neua kam sa nedalo dostat ziadnym inym dopravnym prostriedkom - len po rieke. Hned zo zaciatku spomeniem ze v dedinke bolo zhruba 70 turistov a z toho bolo 6 z Ciech!!! V celom Laose som stretla len 2 Cechov a pridem sem na koniec sveta kde je elektrina len 3 hodiny denne, ziadny internet a ziadny telefon a tu ich je 6 naraz :-) Vecer sme spolu vecerali aj s dalsimi turistami, hralo sa na gitaru - vsade ticho az na svrcky, ziadne auta, motorky - proste totalny relax - uz davno som nebola tak leniva - cele hodiny sme sa hojdali v sietach pred chatkami, pozorovali prirodu a rozpravali sa. Dedinka bola obklopena horami - zase sa nedali fotit lebo vypaluju ... read more
Evan from California
Ulica - tu kazdy kazdeho pozna - dobre miesto na spoznavanie dalsich turistov

Asia » Laos » North » Muang Ngoi Neua March 9th 2007

Muang Ngoi is a tiny little place we went to after hearing about it from some people who said it was amazing. Was really cool, only had electricity from 6pm till 10pm so not the most liveliest of places but good to relax in. Went canoeing down the Mekong and hiking in the jungle to another small little village.... read more
Emily relaxing in a hamock

Asia » Laos » North » Muang Ngoi Neua March 6th 2007

Arriving in Muang Ngoi by river boat was a pretty exciting prospect. Lonely planet describes it in a way that sounds like an idealistic travellers get away and I wasn’t disappointed. I travelled with some friends I’d met trekking in Luang Nam Tha and we met others in Nong Khiaw, just down river from our destination, where we stayed over for the night. Getting here from Nam Tha took an entire day traversing dusty bumpy dirt tracks by bus and an uncomfortable sâwngthâew journey, but at least it was mostly sealed roads. This sleepy market town on the banks of the Nam Ou cuts through close mountains and the scenery sours up on all sides displaying some dramatic lighting as the sun goes round combined with an eerie feeling as blankets of morning mist roll through ... read more
Nong Kiaw

Asia » Laos » North » Viang Thong March 2nd 2007

From Nong Khiaw, it was necessary to take another songthaew to Viang Kham, just a couple of hours away. A few ducks in wicker baskets were carried on top of the vehicle and the number of feathers that drifted past during the journey made me fear they might arrive bald. There were 3 other foreigners present. Two were a Swiss guy and a French woman, who I shall call the League of Extraordinarily Miserable Europeans (LoEME for short), as they were travelling together but seemed to derive no pleasure from anything, least of all each other's company. The third person I shall call LA Woman, for various reasons including factual accuracy as regards gender and city of origin. With so few transport options in this region, the 4 of us inevitably ended up seeing a lot ... read more
Local sentiment re big cats
Laos filling station

Asia » Laos » North » Luang Namtha February 24th 2007

Finding enough people to form a group to go trekking with when traveling by ones self can sometimes be a problem but this time I was fortunate to meet a great bunch of people at the guesthouse and more already signed up when we looked into the eco-treks around Luang Nam Tha. There were eight of us in all, four lovely Israelis and four of us Europeans. I say the Israelis were lovely because by their own admission the Israelis have a bit of reputation for keeping to themselves. Two of them even decided to change their nationality on the booking because they were afraid nobody would want to join their tour! We laughed together at that but still they were determined to spread the word that not all Israelis are unfriendly. Personally I couldn't have ... read more
Lovely Ladies
Making Paper

Asia » Laos » North » Luang Namtha February 17th 2007

Um 9.00 sollten wir bei Green Discovery sein, dem Veranstalter der Trekking Tour, aber vorher gab es noch ein bisschen leckeren Schokoladenkuchen zum Fruehstueck. Dann lernten wir Xai unseren Guide fuer die naechsten 2 Tage kennen. Zuerst ging es noch eine knappe halbe Stunde per Tuk Tuk zum Ausgangspunkt der Tour, bevor wir dann losstarten konnten, ausgestattet mit ausreichend Wassern und Verpflegung fuer das Lunch, inzwischen war es auch schon merklich waermer geworden. Das erste Stueck ging vorbei an Reisfeldern und Weideland bis wir nach einiger Zeit an ein sich im Aufbau befindliches Dorf kamen. Hier soll ein neues Akha Dorf entstehen, wohin die Akhas aus den Bergen umgesiedelt werden, hauptsaechlich um den Bergregenwald vor weiteren Rodungen schuetzen zu koennen. Nach einem weiteren Stueck erreichten wir dann den wirklichen Uebergang in den Nam Ha National Park ... read more
Akha Kinder
Akha Dorf
Akha Koch

Asia » Laos » North February 15th 2007

Il y a longtemps que nous avons donné signe de vie. Si notre mémoire est encore fiable, nous étions dans la charmante ville de Vang Vieng, située entre Vientiane et Luang Prabang. Notre séjour fût sensationnel. Nous avons profité du soleil en se prélassant sur des tubes en descendant une rivière de la région. N'ayant pas déclenché en nous une montée d'adrénaline suffisante, nous avons donc récidivé la descente deux jours plus tard, mais en kayak cette fois-ci. Après cette escapade, un choix s'imposait: se diriger vers le sud du pays ou remonter complètement dans le nord pour faire un trek de trois jours dont plusieurs voyageurs vantaient le mérite!!! Après mures réflexions, nous avons pris la décision d'aller vivre cette exceptionnelle activité qu'est "l'Expérience Gibbons" En quoi consiste la fameuse "Expérience"? C'est en fait, deux ... read more
Luang Prabang, Laos
Luang Prabang, Laos
Luang Prabang, Laos

Asia » Laos » North » Luang Namtha February 12th 2007

Nach der Ausreise aus Thailand in Chiang Kong ging es hinunter zum Mekong, wo schon die Longtail Boote warteten, um einen auf die andere Seite des Mekongs hinueber zu bringen, nach Huay Xai, dem Tor zu Laos quasi, wenn auch ein etwas verschlafenes. In Huay Xai angekommen, zuerst zur Immigration wegen Visa, ein paar Dollar in Kip getauscht und schon war ich Millionaer, wenn auch nur Kip Millionaer (Kurs 1$ = 10.000 Kip) und noch ein Guest House fuer die Nacht gesucht. Huay Xai selbst, war jetzt nicht wirklich prickelnd, zog sich langgestreckt am Mekong entlang, eine Ansammlung von Haeusern und Huetten. Oben auf einem Huegel gab es ein Wat mit Kloster, von dem man einen guten Ausblick auf den Ort und Mekong hatte. Zum Sonnenuntergang selbst war die Dachterrasse auf unserem Guest House eine gute ... read more
Moench Gymnastik
Mobile Metzgerei
Markt in Luang Nam Tha

Asia » Laos » North » Luang Namtha February 12th 2007

We left Chang Mai and caught a mini bus to the border so we could cross into Laos at Huang Xai. It all went fine, despite us making the mistake of letting someone else organise our visas for us. Basically they took our passports, drove down to the border, got the visa for us, drove back up, then charged us $12 each for the privilege of them doing something we could easily have done ourselves. How to rip off a tourist in one easy step... Live and learn... We stayed the night in Huang Xai drinking beer with a great German girl called Sandra, the only German teacher in the capital of Mongolia, and responsible for running their German programme! Woken up by roosters crowing, blissfully unaware that it was only 5am, and obviously never having ... read more
River crossing
Cartman by waterfall
Burnt out Akha village

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