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Rustic living in Nong Kiaw & Muang Noi

LAOS | Saturday, 14 February 2009 | Views [1036] | Comments [8]

We left civilization and ventured into the villages of Nong Kiaw and Muang Noi. Nong Kiaw is a peaceful sleepy little village tucked into the mountains and overlooking the Ou River. We stayed in a simple bungalo and had my first experience living with squat toliets (and Im so glad to be back to western style ones :) We spent nights chilling on the deck in the hammocks looking out onto the mountains and a clear sky filled with stars. The sunsets are amazing and the guesthouse we stayed in was actually called the sunrise guesthouse (across the street was sunset guesthouse) The food was decent--although there was one restaurant with great prices and great Lao dishes. I spent my birthday travelling back through Nong Kio and ate dinner at Deen's Indian Place--which has been the best indian food i've had in Laos so far. For dessert we ordered Nam Van Seung which is a traditional Laos dish of bananas, tapioca, beans and coconut milk--it was so yummie! Afterwards we rented a room at a local hangout called the cinema and watched a movie.  Muang Noi was the other village we visited inbetween going back and forth from Nong Kiaw. It was only accessible by boat and the town itself had only one main road! Electricity only ran from 7-10pm and the bungaloos we rented were extremely simple with an outdoor bathroom, but overlooking the river and plenty of water buffalo. It was kinda a scary place with no street lights and lots of street dogs fighting and took some time getting used to, but we ended up staying for 3 days.  We also acquired a cute puppy, Aaron named "Orlam," who followed us around and slept by the bungalo doors at night. Anyways, we're back in Luang Probang and are making our way back into Thailand for a visa run and possibly going to islands south of Thailand before entering Cambodia. Happy Valentine's Day everyone!!



Happy Birthday, Christine!

I thought about you yesterday, and am so glad to read your latest entries. When you do upload your pictures will you please share the link? Your wonderful descriptions can surely only be a tease to the actual beauty of the sights. Love, Eilene

  Eilene Feb 15, 2009 2:25 AM


'Nong Kio' is also spelled 'Nong Kiaw' if anyone wants to google it.

Reading about the street dogs brought a smile. I remember spending a month in Phitsanoluk,Thailand in 1993 ... I used to go jogging down by the river every morning -- and had to carry a big old stick with me to drive off the dogs that would snap after me as I ran by.

  Uncle Frank Feb 15, 2009 3:08 AM


Happy Belated Birthday Christine!

Wonderful to read about your journey! Was sorry to hear about your theft but glad to know you found some technology. Sounds like the local natives enjoy a simple lifesytle appreciating the resources and beauty that surround them. Happy to know you're enjoying the local culture and food must be amazing. Can't wait to see some photos of the places you describe.

All is well in Chicago and we're all hoping for an early Spring. Light snow covered the streets this morning and the ground hog tells us winter is not over. Nonetheless, Spring will be here when you're back.

Enjoy this amazing time in your life! We miss you! Keep writing! And a very Happy Valentines day wish from your Godfather!

Love Aunt Sandy & Uncle Patrick

  Aunt Sandy Feb 15, 2009 3:43 AM


Happy Birthday Christine!

Did you guys keep Orlam? That'd be AWESOME!

  xDave! Feb 15, 2009 4:51 AM


Happy Birthday Christine.
You are always in my thoughts. Can't wait to see
your pictures. Take care honey.

Grandma Ann

  ann grandau Feb 15, 2009 5:15 AM


Christine, Happy Birthday to YOOOOOOOOO!
Your descriptions are georgeous... and I wonder too if the puppy is still with you....

Love you so much!
Aunt Cherrie

  aunt cherrie Feb 15, 2009 1:50 PM


Hi Christine!!
So glad to read your posts. What an absolutely amazing birthday you must have had this year! Happy Birthday to you! Wishing you continued good health and tons of fun on your adventures ahead.
Love ya tons!
YA Laura and YU William (and YC Julie too!)

  Aunt Laura and Uncle William Feb 19, 2009 2:43 PM


Blessings and love.
From Mooma & Keenan

  Mooma Feb 22, 2009 12:04 AM

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