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Chiang Rai, Chiang Khong, Houixai, Boat to Pakbeng, Luang Prabang; Nong Kiau (Muang Ngoy Mai), Muang Ngoy Kao (11 - 17 April 2008)

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A wooden house in Ban Thanoun village, Mekong river
A wooden house in Ban Thanoun village

This Lao village of about 60 householes had a primary school, a monastery or temple, and electricity supply by a small hydro power plant at a waterfall in the forest, which was in disorder at the time of our visit. In addition to usual farming some villagers took works in timber production.

A communal shower in Ban Thanoun village, Mekong river
A communal shower head in Ban Thanoun village

Water supply drawn from the sources in the hills was piped to the village for storage and distribution. However one tap for each house was not yet available, and people had to come to collect the water or to take shower at these communial shower.

A speed boat on Mekong river
A speed boat on Mekong river

A speed boat travelling (upstream) on Mekong river. These noisy small boats could make the trip between Luang Prabang and Houixai in one day, approximately 7 hours. With slow boat ones have to spend two days and one night.

Ban Kok Et North on Mekong river
Ban Kok Et North

Just before noon we arrived at Ban Kok Et (north) where mostly Lao and some Lao Homng tribal people live. From what we saw they had a monastery, a primary school, weaving trade, coconut plams, bananas, ground nuts in the sands, vegetable plots, pigs, ducks, chicken, buffalos, cows and horses.

Way to school, Ban Kok Et
Way to school, Ban Kok Et

The village also had electricity provided by a mini hydro power plant somewhere at a mountain stream. The school was on holidays when we went there for the Lao newyear break.

A place with a view in the school, Ban Kok Et
A place with a view in the school, Ban Kok Et

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