which boat on which river in which direction?
27th August, 2009
Two days in Vientiane
Three days in Luang Prabang
Five day round trip from LP to ?? via ?? river at mellow pace in January
In a perfect world, I would do something along the lines of:
Depart LP via slow boat in the morning on Day 1 and travel for 3-5 hours before stopping for the afternoon/night in a beautiful, mellow location. Middle of nowhere OK if you have a suggestion for a place to sleep and hire a local guide.
Day 2: Go hiking/walking/biking/whatever to see something cool and maybe camp a night or do a homestay. I LOVE textiles and weaving, festivals, ruins, architecture, cultural events, etc. And I love being able to participate in whatever it is that the locals are doing, whether that be observing or helping.
Day 3: Circle back to river, slow boat another half day or hike along river to somewhere else cool. Day 4 do something active - hike, bike, fish, whatever
Day 5 go back to LP via boat? bus?
I absolutely love traveling via river, and am not so much a fan of dealing with my husband on a bus for longer than four hours. If there are not enough people to pay for the boat trip, I will pay for the whole thing. We travel on a tight budget and sleep and eat cheap until we need something like a boat or a good guide. I will spend the money to make my trip work smoothly since we dont have a lot of time to screw around.
As far as the guide, I am also looking for suggestions. I want to find someone who understands the whole sustainable tourism thing, and speaks the local language in the event we end up in a place where the people don't speak Lao. I like camping and staying in people's homes and usually do that by earning my keep — helping someone fix their roof, cook, clean, build a canoe, whatever. In Italy, we helped harvest olives to earn our bed and meal; in India, we built an outhouse in a little village that didn't have one, then all the guys went fishing together for dinner and I stayed back and helped the women with the babies and the wash. I really like doing those things.
So, all that being said. If departing from LP on a five-day timeline, which river should we use, which direction should we head, and where should we stop?
#1 Posted: 25/3/2011 - 06:42
21st October, 2006
Total reviews: 4
At least 67
short reply for now: Nam Ou from LPB to Nong Khiaw & then (maybe not all the way) to Muang Khua.
#2 Posted: 25/3/2011 - 09:26
27th August, 2009
Yea, I sort of figured that was the standard route. Just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing some epic alternative.
#3 Posted: 25/3/2011 - 21:35
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