Luang Prabang to Muang Ngoi Nuea

Right: future supermodels, Luang Prabang Province.

From Luang Prabang I headed further North to Nong Khiaw by songthaew where I knew I could take a boat up the Nam Ou. In Nong Khiaw I explored some local caves and took an extended hike up the road passing through several Hmong villages on the way. There's rumoured to be a waterfall around somewhere but I never found it.

The boat trip up the river to Muang Ngoi Neua was not a particularly pleasant experience as they crammed us in like sardines and we looked not far off sinking. The passengers were pretty much all tourists. I got the impression the locals might make seperate arrangements. In any case that far up the Nam Ou, the river is the most reliable avenue of transport.

kids in Luang Prabang

Below Left: Making paper in Luang Prabang
Right: Hmong village near Nong Khiaw

making paper in Luang PrabangHmong village near Nong Lhiaw