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Ban Sôphoun

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  • Day17

    Nong Khiaw - Day 1

    July 16 in Laos ⋅ ☁️ 31 °C

    Today taking a 5 hour boat down the Nam Ou river to Nong Khiaw. Got money out of the ATM first thing yay! Then wandered around the village interacting with locals. Everyone here is so smiley and happy when i say hi - its very infectious. There's chickens and roosters all over the streets haha.. i love it. Something big was going on at the temple so checked that out for a bit. Everyone was carrying some sort of gold or silver urn with them. And there was a constant parade of women carrying big platters of food in and out of the temple. Blessing the food? Apparently today is Buddha day, the biggest of the month. So, happy buddha day to everyone reading this!

    Boat ride was awesome. Motoring down the river past rural laos villages, winding through towering mountains. Regularly passing by fishermen and water buffalo taking a bath in the river. The journey was as great as the destination. Everything is so lush and jungly. But hot! I was really hoping for a bit of a break of the heat in the mountains... but i think its worse with the much higher humidity. I booked a nice cabin right on the river with a cute deck in front. See pic :)

    Chilled for a few hours by the river on my deck, then found a restaurant with amazing views of the river and surrounding mountains. Not much happening for nightlife so will likely be another early night. Which is good because i want to try one of the high mountain hiking trails tomorrow and best to do early.
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  • Day2

    Nong Khiaw

    April 19 in Laos ⋅ ☀️ 40 °C

    We started our morning at the crack of dawn with the monks doing their alms round. We then jumped on the bikes to the morning markets. It seemed like there was all sorts of weird animals on sale for food. From snakes, to rodents to feathered things. Needless to say we bought nothing.
    After a hearty breakfast, we were picked up by tuk tuk to the northern bus terminus. We piled into a minivan with 9 other passengers. The aircon came on even though the can want moving, when disaster struck. 3 more passenger were waiting to board but the van door wouldn't open. Passengers had to climb in from the front seat. About an hour into the drive the aircon was turned off as the van did not have enough umph to get up the steep hills. We had a rodeo bouncing ride in a mini van from Luang prabang to Nong Khiaw for 3 and the half hours. Then as the van door was still stuck, to get out of the mini van we had to clamber over the back seat into the boot to get out the back door.
    The rest of the day was uneventful.
    Nong Khaiw is a beautiful village in the valley between 2 ranges by the river Nam Ou.
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  • Day3

    Adventure day with visit to Muang Ngoi

    April 20 in Laos ⋅ ☀️ 38 °C

    We woke up shortly after 5 to a beautiful setting Moon. The village was awake and the roosters were crowing. We walked out in search of breakfast and found nothing open. We walked right into Q Bar Cafe as the cafes here have this rickety open half wall and no doors. Grace did her usual "Hello, Hello, HELLO!" as she walked towards the kitchen, taking great liberties because we booked today's tour with them.

    We were joined on the tour by the same young French couple who climbed into the minivan yesterday. Our tour started by boat to an authentic rural village where Hmong and Lao people lived called Hoay Hoay. Houses are distinguished by Lao homes built with bricks on double level and Hmong built with bamboo on a single level.
    Next stop by boat was to another village Sopkeng which was the start of the trek to the nice waterfall (Tad Mook). We trekked through rice fields, and saw pigs living under the houses, cows and buffalos, and of course, poultry. Chickens, roosters, chicks and ducks were abundant.
    The trek to the waterfall was gruelling because it was so hot but it was a wonderful rewarding end when we were able to swim in the pool by the falls. We swam fully clothed and by the end of the trek out of the falls, clothes were nearly dry.
    Finally the boat took us to Muang Ngoi where we had to climb up a vertical ascent of 350m hill to see the Phanoy caves where the soldiers use to hide in in the Viet Cong war. The cave was so dark and so humid, I had a river of sweat pouring out of me like never before. The Cave was beautiful with limestone pillars and limestone formations. After the cave Ruby made it all the way to the top of that hill to the viewpoint. I stayed by the mouth of the cave feeling a little weary.
    We were so disappointed when we arrived back at Nong Khaiw Riverside at 5pm to find that there was no electricity or running water due to an outage. Exhausted, smelly and as I wasn't feeling too well, this was the last thing I needed. There wasa back up generator at the restaurant so we stayed there by the fan with pineapple shake, Coke and wifi.
    Power did come back on at 6pm.
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  • Day179

    Nong Khiaw

    March 17, 2017 in Laos ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    Nong Khiaw was een waardige afsluiter van onze twee weken in Laos. Alweer een schitterende omgeving en een heel relaxte sfeer. We gingen ziplinen in de jungle (supercool!) en genoten voor de rest vooral van het prachtige uitzicht op ons terras!

  • Day95

    Nong Khiaw

    December 26, 2014 in Laos ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    We have been pretty lucky so far as our plans never really have been derailed by sicknesses. But now we are sitting in northern Lao and we both caught a heavy cold and are pretty much strapped to the bed. It has been bloody cold during the last couple of days (night temperature around 10℃, windy, and we don't have the comfort of a heating ;), so that probably didn't help. We hope to be in better shape tomorrow to be able to go even further north. The village we are trying to get to is said to have one of the most spectacular karst formations surrounding it. But if we don't make it, it is pretty darn nice here, too!Read more

  • Day351

    Nong Khiaw - 2 Tage

    August 12 in Laos ⋅ ☁️ 30 °C

    Nong Khiaw ist im Grund eine Neuauflagele der letzten Tage. Von Muang Ngoi ging es wieder mit dem Boot weiter Richtung Süden. Weiter den Nam Ou runter bis Nong Khiaw. Etwas größer und mit Anbindung ans Straßennetz.

    Das Wetter wird wieder schlechter bzw. unvorhersehbarer. Es wechselt stündlich. Sonne, Regen, Sonne, Regen, Wolken, Regen.... Aaaaaalso schenken wir uns die Ausflüge, faulenzen oder kümmern uns um organisatorische Sachen. Langweilig eigentlich.

    Wir besorgen uns Simkarten, gleichen Kreditkarten aus, schreiben Beiträge, machen Mittagsschlaf oder quetschen mit den Franzosen Mathias und Coco.
    Die sind seit der Grenze mit, bzw. Parallel zu uns unterwegs. Tagesprogramm läuft getrennt. Aber wir versehen uns gut wohnen im gleichen Hotel und gehen abends immer zusammen Essen.
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  • Day54

    Muang Khua - Muang Ngoi - Nong Khiaw

    November 27, 2017 in Laos ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Seit 3 Tagen sind wir nun in Laos. Mit dem Bus gings von Dien Bien Phu aus über die Grenze bis nach Muang Khua. Das Wetter war leider immernoch regnerisch und kühl, doch die Umgebung hat uns sehr gefallen! Am nächsten Morgen gings im Boot in 5h den Nam Ou runter in das kleine Dörfchen Muang Ngoi. Heute gings per Boot noch eine Stunde weiter nach Nong Khiaw, wo ich auf den Hausberg gewandert bin.Read more

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Ban Sôphoun, Ban Sophoun

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