Only until recently Lao farmer had abundant stock of river fishes in front of his home in Muang Ngoi. Many boats parked in a small cove suggest lots of people still rely on free protein - but it is now a challenge to bring home full net of river shrimp, fishes and edible water insects. Times have changed, remotest streams have been overexploited...more
We took the path past the football field and soon caught up with two ladies laden with goods for their village. We struck up a very basic conversation with them by hand signals and a few words that i had picked up and in the end we went with them to their village, probably a two hour walk. The village had a homestay for trekkers but we had no bags...more
We hiked several days, just take the path out of the village which passes the football field and continue, just remember the way back as there are many different branches to take. We saw several people trekking with guides but this is probably not necessary if you are adventurous. You will cross rivers, come across villagers, and plenty caves and...more
In the main street there are many restaurants, including an Indian one that served great food. The Indian had left his country some years ago, set up business somewhere else and decided to come to Muang Ngoi. There is no shortage of good food as we tried several establishments and had no complaints. Lattanavongsa does a good meal, near the boat landing, large open air deck.
From Nong Khiaw to Muang Ngoi try not to sit at the front of the boat as you will probably get wet. We did the trip just after a day of heavy rain and the boat struggled against the flow of the river. Many rapids but the boatman knew the route but we were quite nervous as the boat really struggled to pass these rapids. Once we had to stop and the boatman had to scoop out a lot of water from the boat. During the trip we had our eye open for life jackets but there weren't any to be seen.
There is a small medical centre if you turn left out of the boat centre but it is very basic. I was up mall night with a terrible dose of LBM and excruciating stomach pains and in the morning i had absolutely no energy. Fortunately i discovered that the owner of our bungalows served as a doctor for many years in Laos and came here to retire and set...more