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Muang Ngoi, Laos

Written on: Wednesday December 12th, 2007

A journal entry from: South-East Asia, 2007

Since we've been in Laos we've heard many travellers talk about the beauty of Muang Ngoi, so we decided we just couldn't miss this peaceful gem of northern Laos.  We took a mini-bus for about 4 hrs. north of Luang Prabang and then a boat for an hour up the NamOu river to the little riverside village of Muang Ngoi.  There is no electricity or vehicles or modern conveniences here whatsoever (except they run generators from 6-9pm daily for lights in the evening).  It is a very ethnic village, although guest-houses (thatched bungalows) and restaurants have sprung up to cater to the new breed of travellers.  There are some awesome hikes, treks, and river trips to be had from here to remote caves in the limestone karsts, waterfalls, ethnic villages and so on.  We only stayed two nights (too bad our time is getting short) but had a wonderful day on about a 15km. hike to some of the aforementioned.  We walked up a river valley, past rice paddies and villages, through the jungle, and into a huge cavernous cave, and swam in the Nam Ou at the end of the day before retiring to the deck for a few tunes, dinner and BeerLao.  Another great day in Laos.

 

From Donna on Dec 14th, 2007

So, at the end of a hard day wading in the caves and swimming under waterfalls, you go back to your cozy little spot and watch the sun set with a cold beer. So who is the smart ones here?? Love ya, D

From Renee & John on Dec 16th, 2007

More GREAT photos! We can't wait to see them all and hear the tales! The whole gang is looking forward to seeing you in Kelowna. Love ya!