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Muang Ngoi Travel Blog

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The town's, ah, main drag
Muang Ngoi is a tiny place. Rustic, peaceful and full of backpackers; proper travel types will likely hate it but it was one of the highlights of my trip. Inaccessible by road and barely mentioned in the Lonely Planet, just one street with kids and chickens running around. Electricity for only three hours a day. I got the impression that most of the people there had found the place by word of mouth. I spent eight nights there, sitting around, drinking, chilling out and talking to people from all over the world. If that sounds like fun to you, you'll love Muang Ngoi.

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.
Bless
At home, my loved ones were struggling out of bed and into work on a winter Monday morning. I felt a bit guilty for about thirty seconds, then it passed.

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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The towns, ah, main drag
The town's, ah, main drag
Bless
Bless
Retro decorations in the grounds o…
Retro decorations in the grounds …
Lunch
Lunch
Fields near Muang Ngoi
Fields near Muang Ngoi
One of the restaurants in the town…
One of the restaurants in the tow…
Some rather skinny cattle hang aro…
Some rather skinny cattle hang ar…
More of the same
More of the same
The menu at the restaurant in Ban …
The menu at the restaurant in Ban…
Ants on a tree-trunk, from my balc…
Ants on a tree-trunk, from my bal…
Muang Ngoi
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