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May 9, 2012 - *NEW* Hiking & biking in northern Laos (Amy)

MUNG SINGH We knew we wanted to go on a trek sometime during our time in Southeast Asia, but we weren’t exactly sure when. We considered going in Thailand but were turned off by what we heard about the treks there, mostly that the trekking agencies really exploit the local people and make them put on a show for the tourists. After passing on trekking in Thailand, we were excited to find that the guidebook highly recommended trekking in Laos, specifically because the local people run many of the trekking agencies, and therefore reap the...

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Amy & Adam in Asia

Feb 8, 2009 - Luang Nam Tha - Day trip to Muang Sing

Photos to be added - having difficulty uploading..... Up early to take a motorbike trip to the Chinese border town of Muang Sing. No choice really - patriotic music at 6 a.m., workmen banging away at 7:00 a.m. - and this was a Sunday. No unions here - or health and safety. I shouldn't laugh, and at the time I showed concern - but while having breakfast a guy my age was checking out renting a mountain bike at the shop next door. He decided to take the bike for a twirl, doing circles in front of the shop. Becoming more and more...

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Asia Journey

Oct 29, 2008 - Muang Sing

I jumped on the back of a motorbike of the guest house owner (think he is but reckon it will be the dad or mother but only they really know I guess)and got to the bus station at 1110am thinking I had plenty of time before the 11.30. Turned outthe 11.30 was actually the 11.00!!!!!!!! The guest house INFORMATION BOARD HAD BEEN WRONG! So 12.30 was the next bus I could get. I was reasonably pleased by this little issue as you can imagine. Tumbleweed greeted me on my arrival here in the far north of Laos. Many travellers had chosen not to come...

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Mar 15, 2007 - Loas

Made it to Laos, heading straight for Thailand. It is so smokey here that you can't see a thing. Apparently Laos is a beautiful country with nice jungle and mountains but we can't see them. Were we stayed when we first crossed the border from China is meant to be amazing, well we couldn't see a thing so we are heading for the beach in Thailand. I have the flu which has developed into a bit of a chest infection but I went to the chemist and they hooked me up with some funky medicine so hopefully that will do the trick. They spit here too...

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Nov 29, 2006 - Muang Sing

When I left Muang Ngoi I took the boat back to Nong Khiaw and then a truck (a truck with benches in the back) to Udomxai and then a bus to Luang Nam Tha. It was a long day of travel, but I was so glad to be able to do it all in one day. I left Luang Nam Tha the next morning for Muang Sing. I was a little disappointed with Muang Sing because it is such a small town, but the reason that I went there was to go trekking. I went to the tourism office to get some information about trekking. There was a guy there, Josh from England, and we both...

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Cryssa's RTW Trip

Jul 8, 2006 - Out of Luang Prabang and into The Mudhole

Luang Prabang is a pretty town filled with colonial architecture and buddhist temples, situated on a tongue of land between the Mekong and the river whose name I forget on the other side. It was a delightful enough, if uneventful, stopping point for a few days. If I sound unenthusiastic, its because I was. Thinking it had something to do with the perma grey skies and daily downpours. Usually the rains would come at night, but of course the day I opted to venture forth to some highly touted nearby waterfalls, the rains switched to the...

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Nov 24, 2005 - Riding mountainbikes through Laotian Dust...

...the reason, why the text today will be short plainly is the pain in my bum, which is due to what we did today: riding a mountainbike over VERY bumpy paths and roads for the whole day - and it's so difficult typing while standing up! ...but the pain was worth it, mind you! We are quite far up North, almost in China, in Luang Nam Tha - and with North is also implied, that I'm now - 10pm - sitting in front of the computer wearing two longsleeves and a fleece-jacket... However, during the day, it was warm and the sun was shining on the...

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Axel in Asia

Apr 21, 2005 - Laos - Luang Nam Tha & Muang Sing & Pawaikao

Sabaidi!!! This will be our last entry for Laos and what an entry!!! We headed off to Luang Nam Tha together with Cristina and Alex and stayed there just for a night and then left again for Muang Sing, where we arranged a trekking for the following two days. Whatever I might manage to write about this trekking, it won't even get close to what it really was. Such an unforgettable experience!!! We visited five minority villages with Akha people and it was so beautiful to see the way they dress with their colourful hats and their medallions,...

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RTW 2005

Feb 22, 2005 - Luam Nam tha / Muang Xing

Nous repartons vers le sud... ah non, finalement dans le bateau, nous changeons d avis pour le nord. Nous allons maintenant faire un petit bout de chemin avec Franck...Tu vois Franck, nous n avons pas perdu de temps pour te citer dans nos aventures... Lum Nam tha ne sera pour nous qu une ville etape avant de partit pour Muang Sing. Nous voulons faire un trek de 2 jours pour aller a la rencontre des ethnies des montagnes. De village en village, nous decouvrons les differnetes ethnies et leur taditions et croyances. Le soir nous nous arretons...

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Dec 25, 2004 - Muang Sing

napisze cos. coprawda brak netu tutaj i/lub (za)wysoka cena (jak w poprzedniej miejscowosci) nie sluza archiwizowaniu notatek ale nadal jest dosc wczesnie, nie chce mi sie gadac z turystami (zreszta nie ma ich tutaj zbyt wielu) a po zmroku to zbyt wielu atrakcji nie ma (za to zdarzaja sie komary, wlasnie zauwazylem ze jakiegos dzisiaj nakarmilem. to chyba dopiero pierwszy w laosie). jest sauna. albo masaz. albo sauna i masaz. i w zasadzie tyle. po saunie nie mozna sie tarzac w sniegu i zamiast zimnym piwem zostalem poczestowany goraca...

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pokryfka-azja0405

Dec 24, 2004 - Luang Nam Tha

takiego przejscia granicznego jeszcze nie widzialem: stol (z daszkiem zapewniajacym odrobine cienia) a za nim salutujacy celnik; nastepnie 2 km pieszo po ziemi niczyjej i kolejna podobna budka, tym razem na granicy z laosem (btw jednak mozna kupic wize na przejsciu granicznym! $30. powiedzialem dean'owi, ze sie nie da w zwiazku z czym bedzie jechal do laosu naookolo, przez wietnam :/). wg przewodnikow przejscie graniczne do laosu 'zamykane' jest o 16:30. my (po drodze spotkalem francuza i belga) dotarlismy o 16:25 jednak mozliwe, ze...

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pokryfka-azja0405

Jul 20, 2004 - Hilltribes on the Chinese Border (Muang Sing, Laos)

An hour and a half north of Luang Nam Tha, we took a pick up through the mountain greenery to the very small town of Muang Sing, situated just eight kilometers from the Chinese border. We stayed at a pleasant secluded place called Adima a few kilometers out of town, where treks to the nearby hilltribe villages are closer and more accessable. From our bungalow, we made a trek each day out into the surrounding hillsides along small dirt paths to Yao and Akha villages. We even walked up the road to the Chinese border one afternoon. The Yao...

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