Still quieter and still more peaceful
Muang Ngoi Travel Blog› entry 35 of 100 › view all entries
January 29th, 2007 – by: jimcowdrill
My accommodation was a little wooden hut with a mattress on the floor and a hammock on the balcony outside. I settled into this hammock with a book on my first day in the village; it was five to three on a Monday afternoon.
If lying in a hammock should ever get boring, there are some little low-key sights to walk to around the village. On the second day I took a stroll through forests and fields by babbling little brooks, to a cave accessible by wading through a stream and getting your trousers wet. On the third day I was going to go a little further, aiming for a village called Ban Huay Bo that was supposed to be an hour away... instead I got myself ensconced in a restaurant overlooking the river, eating spring rolls and drinking Beerlao.
The next day, after a 'breakfast pizza baguette' (it's a baguette with sliced tomato, garlic and Laughing Cow cheese), I found Ban Huay Bo. Bigger than most of the Karen villages we trekked to in Thailand, it still made Muang Ngoi look like a decent sized town - and Luang Prabang look like a metropolis. Ate fried veg and rice for lunch cos the restaurant had no meat or fish. Talked to half a dozen other westerners who'd gradually made their way up to Huay Bo, and walked back with them. Spent the rest of the day chilling out. That's what you do in Muang Ngoi.
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