Trekking around Muang Long
Pristine trekking to hill tribes
What we say:
One of the main reasons that people come to this part of the world is to trek into the highlands where remote villages exist as they have for hundreds of years.
A far cry from the situations in other parts of Laos and Thailand, Muang Long is genuinely off the beaten track with only a handful of foreigners making it into town every year. And with a wide selection of villages to visit, you may well be the only foreigner to visit a particular village during that year.
There are two main ways to trek.
The first and most popular method is to simply head along the river and visit villages that exist in both directions along the Nam Long where you are guaranteed to see and interact with Akha people (dressed in the clothing you've seen in all the photos).
The second way to trek and perhaps the most interesting is to hire a guide from the local tourist office, about 300 metres along the main road towards Xieng Kok from the market.
Here, ask for an English speaking guide named Tui Chiddala or text him on (020) 5588 56 55 in advance. He is able to take people into the highlands to meet villages rarely visited by foreigners on treks ranging from five hours to five days.
A sample of prices is 400,000 kip for one person for five hours rising about 80,000 kip for each additional person in the group. Two-day treks cost about double this and are well worth the extra expense. This is the real deal and not a tourist trap.
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