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Mekong river boat to Luang Prabang; Udomxai, Luang Namtha, Muang Sing, Xieng Kok, Houixai during Mekong flood (06 - 14 August 2008)

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Tribal Museum - Muang Sing
Tribal museum in Muang Sing

The small museum had a collection of photographs, hand tools, dresses, models and paintings on display. These artifacts explain the traditions, cultures and drvelopment of various tribal peoples living in that area.

A scene from Muang Sing - Muang Lone road
A scene from Muang Sing - Muang Lone road

At the Muang Sing bus station across the dirt road from the market I spent 2 hours waiting for the enough passengers to get the truck move. The highway from Muang Sing to Muang Lone is mostly dirt earthern road. The road passes villages and paddy fields between forested hills. There was no other foreign tourists on the truck.

A passenegr truck from Muang Sing to Muang Lone
Pick up truck from Muang Sing to Muang Lone

The truck got stuck in the mud many times. Passeners had to get down and push the truck out of the mud pool. However the beautiful scenes of the farms and mountains made me feel forget about all these troubles. After all everyone was bearing the trouble together. It was normal for the local people and they were able to go on with and overcome these inconveniences.

A beautiful scene on the road to Muang Lone
The green rice plants on two kinds of fields: flat land permanent and slash and burn mountain farm.

At Muang Lone market
At Muang Lone market

I was to take this bus to continue to Xiengkok on the Mekong river bank. It was already full with goods and traders who were going to sell their products in Xieng Kok market day the next day. There was no seats to sit since all seats were under the boxes, baskets and bags of products. All together about 10 people including me shared the small bus with the loads of bags on the muddy, bumpy dirt road to the border town.

Xieng Kok on the Mekong river bank opposite Myanmar's Shan state
Xieng Kok on the Mekong river bank opposite Myanmar's Shan state

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