Along perhaps with only north-western Cambodia, these remote regions of Laos are the remaining truly adventurous destinations in South-East Asia. Due to the lack of facilities and infrastructure travel can be arduous, but things are now slowly improving as the region moves slowly into the 20th century….yes the 20th, not 21st quite yet! You need to ensure you bring with you a degree of flexibility as things will inevitably change en route according to local conditions and transport options. However, the rewards are amazing – fascinating history, authentic hill tribe communities and picture-postcard perfect dramatic landscapes.
The sleepy village of Nong Khiaw sits on the bank of the Nam Ou River in northern Luang Prabang Province, amidst some of the most stunning scenery in Laos. Here the river winds between karst limestone mountains which are covered with lush vegetation. This is a wonderful great place to enjoy the natural beauty of northern Laos and observe village life.
Home to a multitude of hill tribes and some spectacular landscapes Luang Nam Tha province, is in the northwest of Laos. It is one of the most beautiful provinces in Laos and offers plenty of opportunities for walking and trekking tours, kayaking trips on the Nam Ha River, mountain biking along well carved trails and homestays in remote Khmu and Lanten villages. This is where you come to engage with the local folk. Near the province’s Burmese border lies Muang Sing, which at one time was an independent kingdom. It became part of Laos in the 19th century, after discussions between British and French negotiators who were establishing the border between Burma and Laos. Prior to this the town had been a meeting place for traders from China, Vietnam, Burma & Laos and today’s colourful market keeps this tradition alive.