After Christmas in Laung Prabang I headed North to Luang Nam Tha. I'd heard that there was a lot of good treking up there and there is. I did a 2 day trek and it was awesome! It was just hard enough and the only way to get to the villages is by hiking in. The people in the village were really interactive, it felt like they were really happy to see us, all the kids and animals and adults came to see us when we arrived. It was also just a beautiful forest, and river, I can't wait to post the pics :o)
From there I headed South to Nong Khiaw and I've been to lots of pretty places but this place could literally take your breath away. It was one of those places that you go to and once you get off the bus/back of the pick up truck, you just stop and look around for a few minutes. It was so pretty, I want to take you there!
I went up river from there to Muang Ngoi Neua, you can only get there by boat and they only have power from 6:00-9:00pm, no computers, no cars... This is where I spent New Years. I decided that for the rest of life I'd be with friends and in cites/parties for New Years so this New Years I went somewhere isolated, quiet, and by myself. I had a bungolow up on cliff with a hammock on my deck, it was really nice. I was fast asleep by 11 ;o)
I spent another night in Luang Prabang, working my way to Vang Vieng. Vang Vieng is the "Pai" of Laos. It was a blast! I've been hearing about tubing down the river there since I started traveling, literally I bet 100 people had told me about it. It's fantastic! The 1st day I went tubing in a cave!! You pull yourself in using a rope against the current and once you get in a ways you lift up your tube, walk 20 feet, then just start tubing! There was another 20 people in there at the same time so it's not scary and everyone has big head lamps on, it was such a cool experience!! If you ever get a chance to go cave tubing, do it! Then I went kayaking down the river, it was sweet! I'd love to start kayaking!
Again I met the coolest people and we all went tubbing down the river the next day and when you get a little of the way down the shores are lined with bars and they throw you ropes and bamboo sticks and pull you in, give you free whiskey and buckets, have wicked music and bamboo decks and CRAZY INSANE Swing rope kotraptions!! Sooo Much Fun!!
And I've been meaning to let everyone know that they have lots of the same music down here as what we have at home, I would have never thunk it! They play music I only though only are group of guys spun and I've heard Jack Johnson while up in jungle, they have a radio plugged into a car battery. It's so cool~
Now I'm in Vientiane - Laos and tomorrow I fly to Malaysia.
I'm thinking of you all! I hope you had a fantastic New Years!