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Flash-packing in Laos 2: Nong Khiaw to Luang Prabang


The karst landscape on the Nam Ou river

In the second part of our journey we travel from Nong Khiaw to Luang Prabang, via Nam Tha and the ‘Green triangle’ of the hill tribes. Continue reading


Burmese days 2 – trekking from Hsipaw to Pamkam

Shan countryside, planted with maize and rice

Shan countryside, planted with maize and rice

We arrive in Lashio, gateway to North Shan province, after a short delay due to fog: the planes all do round robin-trips so one late start puts the whole day out of synch. Our bus takes us to Hsipaw, where we will begin our trek. It meanders alongside a big river for two hours, past groves of oranges, papaya and the odd pagoda; we stop and watch men extracting pebbles for building from the river using an ancient form of technology. It seems time has stood still. Continue reading