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Trekking in Northern Laos (Vieng Phouka and Muang Khua)

Posted by dmlid on 23/1/2009 at 05:38

Hi

I'm travelling round Northern Laos for 3 weeks next month.

To kick off, I've booked the 3 day Akha Trail out of Vieng Phouka on Monday feb 16 and I'm looking for trekking companions (partly to bring down the cost, but mainly for the company!). I booked through Green Discovery http://www.greendiscoverylaos.com/nt-t-13.htm but its run by the Vieng Phouka tourist office (who are slightly cheaper but more difficult to book with from the UK).

I'm planning on heading up to Muang Khua afterwards so I'd be interested in any tips for organising trekking round there.

Thanks

Melissa

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Posted by wanderingcat on 24/1/2009 at 13:36

Muang Khua - ask around at Nam Ou GH. also read an account of someone who found another good guide when the Nam Ou GH guide was out of town on a trek.

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Posted by austral31 on 6/2/2009 at 15:32

Hi Melissa,

I am currently in Muang Khua but am not planning to do any trekking. I haven't seen any official tour companies like green discovery but on the walls of guesthouses and the few restaurants in town, locals have put up pieces of paper with their contact details for people wanting to do trekking.

That's all I have

Cheers!!

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Posted by wanderingcat on 6/2/2009 at 15:37

austral31: accessing internet in Muang Khua...?

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Posted by austral31 on 9/2/2009 at 15:35

yes i am working with an organisation that has internet

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Posted by wanderingcat on 10/2/2009 at 00:25

no wonder :)
have two questions, not about Muang Khua town but nearby...wonder if you could help. do you happen to know
1. on what days is the market at Pak Nam Noi active?
2. is there still any guesthouse in Muang La, or has everything been bought over & redeveloped into a new luxury resort (www.muangla.com)? (read a recent blog post about this, but the author is French & his English a little hard to interpret.)
thank you!

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Posted by austral31 on 10/2/2009 at 08:27

sorry have no idea on either question but it will be interesting to see how the resort goes, its prices are very high for somewhere that is well away from where most tourists go.

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Posted by wanderingcat on 17/2/2009 at 09:38

thanks austral31 :) if you do happen to hear anything about those places, please do let me know.

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Posted by dokmai on 16/6/2010 at 14:42

I just went trekking north of Laos. We took a week off to hike Laos's beautiful North. We bought our
cheap air tickets from the web. Got a great deal on Thai airways. We flew from Bkk to Vientien after that we took a guide and went for a week-long adventure into the south. It was awesome.

Highly recommend

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Posted by dokmai on 16/6/2010 at 14:44

Here's the web www.cheapairlines.com

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Posted by pooh on 30/12/2010 at 15:31

This isprobably too late for the information about the Akha tours. Anyway, just tokeep you guys informed that now such tour is very popular, and there are moreoperators operating it. Most of the Akha communities are part of rural Laodevelopment. Money wise, the prices are still very high mainly due to the lackof public transportations. Besides, the communities can only be reached byfoot! That's it for now. Have a good trip!

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