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Mekong river boat journey: Houixai, Pakbeng to Luang Prabang: 09 - 14 Feb 2007
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My homestay house in Ban Hti Hon. Upstairs is for sleeping room, kitchen and dinning is on the ground floor. There was no electricity in the village.
Phu Luan Mai village (Lao Hmong people)
We left the village after breakfast at about 8 a.m. and walked up the mountain slope covered by hardwood forest of teak, padauk and other species. We trekked along a stream to a little waterfall and continued to hike up Phu Luang hill range. At 9:40 a.m. we arrived at Phu Luan Mai village of Lao Hmong people. This new location of the village was set up 4 years ago when they moved here from the old place. Settling in the relatively higher land is one of the signatures of Hmong communities in Laos and Thailand.
Ban Huay Pon (Lao Kan people)
We continued to hike along the forested mountain slope for another hour before coming down to the lower land. On the way we passed by the Phu Luang mountain peaks. Before 11 a.m. we arrived at Ban Huay Pon (Lao Kan people) which is the begining of the dirt road to Luang Prabang, or the end of the road from Luang Prabang.
In Luang Prabang region nature walk and trekking are quite popular on the eastern side of the Mekong river, however on this western side there are only little nature based tourism activities.
Ban Na Sai Jalay - Lao
When we further went down to the low land, forestation was getting thinner, and we were feeling the pounding heat of the sun on the dry road. After 45 minutes of walk we arrived at Ban Na Sai Jalay village. These villages, though having a short road link to Luang Prabang, were still very simple and one wandering visitor would instantly feel the great difference from the touristic town of Luang Prabang.
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