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Posted by kahrani on 20/11/2008 at 17:52

I'm going to Laos for about a month from mid-Feb to mid March and was thinking about going to Phongsali to do some trekking. Two questions really:

1) I'm a solo female traveller, will Phongsali be okay to go to on my own?
2) I'd really like to travel down the Nam Ou from Phongsali (well, Hat Sa)to Muang Ngoi and then down to Luang Prabang - but will this be possible at the end of Feb/start of March? I read that the river level could get quite low.

Or should I skip Phongsali and just do treks around Muang Ngoi/ Nong Kiaow instead?

Thanks xx

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Posted by wanderingcat on 20/11/2008 at 22:46

1) had no problems doing that alone (Udomxai-Phongsaly-Hatsa-Muang Khua). not many tourists, locals tend to leave you alone to do your own thing.

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Posted by paz_raveh on 25/11/2008 at 15:43

phongsali is the best place to trek, there is nothing to do there beside treking, as for you travelleing on your own there should be no problem at all the lao people are very frindly and will not harm you.
if i understand you want to go from oudomxai to pongsali by bus and then take a boat down from hat sa.
well i this that becuse the roads are so bad it is better to go up the river from nong kiaow (you can take a mini bus from luang parbung) and then go no mung ngoi and moung khwa and from there to hat sa.
and on the way back to take a bus from moung kwa.
the boat ride on the nam oh river is amazing!
if you want to trek you can do it in eatch town on the way (beside hat sa) i did it and all of them where an amazing exprience!
if you want to talk with a very nice treeking guide in phongsali this is his tel- 020 5042733
and e-mail:
if you have more qutions i will be happy to help you
paz from israel

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