Nam Ou all the way to Luang Prabang
||Longboats, hiking, village stays.
This is a continuation of the "Pristine Beauty in Laos' Northern Wedge".
On the final day of that trip, Day 8, instead of returning to
Vientiane by air, we return to our take-out at Hatsa and
continue down the Ou River to Luang Prabang. Instead of inflatables,
however, we'll ride longboats, pausing frequently to
stretch our legs with hikes and visits to anything that
interests us along the way.
Day 8, Saturday: Phongsaly - Village
After breakfast in Pongsaly and a wander through the town and markets,
we drive back to Hatsaa. We'll board motorized longboats for a journey
through forests and hills. We stop for a picnic lunch and later
in the afternoon, hike to a Lao Theung or Khum village.
We overnight in a village, dining on Lao food.
Day 9, Sunday: Longtail ride and hike or work with villagers
After a village breakfast, we continue downriver,
passing Lao Loum (lowland Lao) villages and beautiful forest.
We'll hike for two hours somewhere along the way.
Picnic lunch and then continue to Muang Khua where most up-down cargo boats moor.
We'll talk with the boatmen about their lives and the river.
Sleep in the village.
Day 10, Monday: Muang Khua - Muang Ngoi
Continue our exploration of Muang Khua, then travel downstream
for 5-6 hours through limestone mountains, stopping for a picnic lunch
along the way. Late afternoon, we arrive in Muang Ngoi.
After exploring the town, we have dinner and spend the night at a guesthouse.
Day 11, Tuesday: Muang Ngoi - Resort
We climb to the summit of Wat Phou Xai for dawn photos.
After breakfast, we continue downriver, stopping at a village for lunch.
We arrive early afternoon at a riverside resort and
spend the afternoon relaxing. Dinner and overnight at the resort.
Day 12, Wednesday: Resort - Luang Prabang
Breakfast and another a leisurely morning. Just before lunch,
we cruise downriver to the river's confluence with the Mekong.
Here we explore the famed Pak Ou caves and their hundreds of Buddha images
left by faithful boatmen. After lunch on the riverbank in full view of the Caves and
the tall limestone cliffs in which they sit, we complete the journey down the Mekong,
arriving in the old royal capital of Luang Prabang.
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