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Feb 13, 2009 - Phongsali - Hill Tribe Trek

The problem with the hill tribe people in northern Laos is that they live in the hills. High up and away from the roads - at least the more interesting/less impacted ones. So to go visit them is, as it should be, relatively hard work. We set off from the hotel at 7:30 a.m. on the first day with our guide, Somchanh. I managed to talk Tina into coming along. I believe this is the first time that she has done any serious walking aside from serious shopping days at the Mid Valley Mega Mall, but fingers crossed, can't be that bad...... There's a...

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Feb 11, 2009 - Phongsali

A lazy day relaxing after two days of travel. Achieved the main objective - booking a guided two day trek with overnight stay in a hill tribe village. And climbing a serious number of steps to the top of Phou Far from where I got some pretty decent sunset shots over Phongsali. Day pack ready, excited to be getting out on a proper trek at last.....

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Feb 10, 2009 - Udomxai to Phongsali

No pain no gain is the cliche, and it best describes the two day trip to get to Phongsali in the north of Laos. The reward is relatively unspoilt scenery, villages and people - some of the least affected trekking in Laos. But to get there is a 12 hour plus bus journey from Udomxai to Phongsali.... The bus is advertised as an 8 a.m. departure, but I'm beginning to learn now....8 a.m. I'm sitting on the bus, it is pretty well empty, but I can see by the people milling around and the bags on the seats that this tranquility will not last for...

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Feb 21, 2006 - Le nord Laos

Comme si nous n avions pas encore assez froid, et hop "l extreme nord", LUANG NAM THA. Pour s y rendre, on monte a bord d un premier pick-up charge d une dizaine d autres touristes (c est rassurant, on ne sera pas tout seul :o( ). Nous, nous sommes toujours accompagnees de notre ami Graeme. Au menu: poussiere, cols interminables et nausees par milliers! Premier arret: OUDOM XAI, il etait GRAND temps! Second et dernier transfert en minibus pour arriver a destination... 5 longues heures sur des pistes cahotiques et toujours la poussiere comme...

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Nov 28, 2005 - Going remote above the clouds...

Phongsali - in my ears, this name sounded similar as 'Timbuktu' in the first explorers of Africa: It's very remote, the last Northern outpost before China, the only town in Laos ever reporting temperatures below freezing and you have to tackle "the hardest challenge, the road network of Laos has to offer to travellers" (my guidebook), which means an 11h-busride over bumpy dustroads. Well, I did have pure shockers of busrides before, so the atrributes 'bumpy' and 'dusty' had a certain familiarity, that appealed to me. Moreover the fact, that...

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Axel in Asia

Nov 15, 2004 - Nong Khiew, Laos

Today arrived in this small village on the river which heads down to Luang Probang where we intend to go day after tomorrow by boat, 6-7 hours...Now the next day we head out of town on foot and go to some caves 6 km. away which were used by the Liberation Army from 1964 til 1975 as their headquarters and the bank for the region. It was very fascinating to see and explore these caves esp. given that they were used so recently...many connecting/ed rooms and very dark!! We had headlamps but it was still hard to believe that these were occupied...

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