Tag Archives: MuangNgoi

Getting Good at Doing Nothing

24 Feb
Hanging in my hammack...

Hanging in my hammack...

If there’s something I am not good at at all, that’s doing nothing. I came to this conclusion already long time ago, that I am a ‘homo faber’, a ‘doer’ and simply being is not my cup of tea. I tend to live through the activities I embark on: visiting places, meeting up with people, writing (as I am doing now), surfing on the internet, emailing, preparing some projects, etc.

But after more than a week in Laos, more particularly in Muang Ngoi (paradise), where there’s nothing much to do anyway, I am becoming Continue reading

Getting lost in Laos

23 Feb
Ricefields and mountains is all there is...

Ricefields and mountains is all there is...

There’s not all that much to do in Muang Ngoi, once you’ve done the tubing (did that) and fishing (not interested) and when you sampled all the different restaurants of the different guesthouses besides the daily plunge at the beach. The only thing left to do would be to go trekking to the neighbouring villages. You can have anything from a one day leisurely walk to a 3 day serious trekking visiting different minority villages.

With the adopted traveler family of Italians, Luxemburgish and Dutch we decided to go for a walk to the caves nearby, visit the 2 closest villages and go for a shower under the local waterfalls. It was great to Continue reading

Did you ever “tube”?

22 Feb
Ever heard of tubing? Great experience

Ever heard of tubing? Great experience

I’ve only seen this in Laos so far, but it could become a big hit in all countries where the water in the rivers is not toxic or polluted (that probably rules out most of the countries) and preferably warm enough. Basically, tubing is a water activity, in which you take the inner tube of a truck, and get dropped somewhere on a river: you, yourself and your tube. And then you float down the river, till you reach your destination.

What happens between the drop of point and the final destination is basically up to your creativity. You can  Continue reading

I found Paradise

19 Feb
Muang Ngoi - the view from my bamboo hut...

Muang Ngoi - the view from my bamboo hut...

Stop looking – I found it. Paradise is called Muang Ngoi Neua, and is hidden on the bank of the Nam Ou river in Northern Laos. Muang Ngoi is a loooooovely little riverside village, tucked away between towering lush green karst mountains. The village basically consists of one street, which is dotted with quaint guesthouses, makeshift shops and open air restaurants. One the North side of the street there’s a Buddhist temple, with drum tower and monk quarters and all. The other side of the street bumps into a karst mountain.

The people here are very laid back and seem to enjoy the symbiosis with the foreigners. They can make a living selling their wares, but they also enjoy the tourist grub they provide, when I see some locals munching away on pancakes or other tourist food. Continue reading

French Connection Laos

18 Feb
Ze French couple - great to "causer" (chit chat)

Ze French couple - great to "causer" (chit chat)

In order to get from Muang Khoa to Muang Ngoi Neua, I thought to take a boat 3 hours down the Nam Ou river. I had asked several people along the boat landing on the river bank, frantically pointing at my phrasebook, but with no result. It is only afterwards that I realized the sentence given in the phrase book was ‘when is the BUS going’ – so then I understood why the boat people were looking strangely at my question (and also because of my probably alien pronunciation of Lao language).

After asking a few people more, I found out that there was something like a ticket office (near bus stations and boat landings). There was a young guy who attended me in pristine English. Of course there was Continue reading

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