Fisherman is fishing on the river, Muang Ngoi, northern Laos.

Now this is my kind of place. It’s waaaay more relaxed than Nong Khiaw, and cheaper, too. In low season, the wooden bungalows in Muang Ngoi are 30.000 LAK which is a bit more than 3 eur. You can find cheap delicious food and there is happy hour on the cocktails almost in every bar! Budget traveling at its best 🙂 How to get to Muang Ngoi?

Misty village on our Luang Namtha trekking.

It was raining hard during the night and we were happy that the thin roof made of leaves held together and we woke up dry. Trekking the next day was not easy because the ground was slippery from the rain and there were a lot of leeches! I get leech paranoia when I see one 🙂  I was happy when we came to the village of Chinese origin – Khmong tribe. People were friendly and we even treated ourselves with a beer. We were greeted with several kids…

Misty village where we slept the first night of our trekking Luang Namtha.

Weather forecast said rain, rain, rain but we still decided to do a 3 day trek around Luang Namtha. Some agencies are really expensive (around 120 $/day for two) but we bargained for 50 $/day for two at Nature Trail Eco agency which had the best prices for trekking Luang Namtha. We started the day after a stormy night with a long jeep ride to a village, where you can also stay (and probably do the trek much cheaper) but I forgot the name. It was wet and muddy….

View of the morning clouds that are stuck in the valley. Hsipaw trekking.

You can read about the first and second part of our Hsipaw trekking. Because of the heavy rain at night we decided to spend one more day in this village, rest our sore legst and wait for the trail to dry. Just beside the monastery there is a 300-years old complex of pagodas which is just amazing. Imagine to have a miniature Bagan just for yourself, in the middle of nowhere! 500m away there is a small hill with big white pagoda where the main monk lives. It’s also a…

Nepal, the country of smiling people. It’s quite a change from intense Varanasi. It’s cleaner, the people are friendlier and very open. You can drink beer in public. The young have cool hair styles and tattoos. Namaste, namaste,namaste! Hands in prayer position and smile on the face. That’s the greeting of Nepal. We decided to go to Pokhara first and made two stops on the way, Butwal and Tansen. We met the nicest boy in Tansen, Kiran. He took us to see his village on the way to…

I caved in. Fudge ayurveda and the cramps in my tummy, give me some antibiotics! It did get better 🙂 We didn’t do much these days as my love affair with the toilet was pretty hot. But today we rented a scooter and went exploring the outskirts of Pushkar. We even found a desert! We roamed bad road full of holes and got lost among the local villages. The kids were waving and giving us a high fives. Quite hurtful fives they were, those kiddos can punch 🙂…