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Our IAT tour leader, Tara, took a trip around northern Laos recently and brought back some great photos with her! Below is her post from the region – enjoy!
Not too many travellers make it up to Nong Khiaw and get to see the stunning mountainous landscapes of the north of Laos. But they should!
Nong Khiaw region provides some amazing hiking experiences as well as leisurely walks along the terraced rice paddy fields.
About one hour upstream from Nong Khiaw, you will find the sleepy town of Muang Ngoi. It’s a place where daily routine revolves around community life, chickens and cows are an ubiquitous part of streetlife and kids play with whatever they can find.
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I set off late in the morning to explore the small village of Luang NamTha. I had heard that there was a nice waterfall nearby; 15 or so minutes on a scooter, too far to walk they said. Nevertheless, I set off on foot with plenty of water, having left in the heat of the day. I believe it was around an 8 mile round trip; roughly 3 hours of walking. Namdee was the name of the waterfall. The waterfall was nothing special but the walk itself was stunning. A reasonably short walk out of the small town of Luang NamTha, lined with hostels and restaurants, took me through small villages of wooden huts where the local children played in the stream and others had fun keeping an old tyre rolling along with the aid of a stick; no Playstations or X-boxes here. The scenery was stunning…
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