Category Archives: Laos

The road is open, sort of – Muong Ngoi to Dien Bien Phu

When last I left you (and the internet), I was in Nong Khiaw, Laos on the Nam Ou, north of Luang Prabang. Nong Khiaw (Key-oh) is a small town now accessible by road, hence a crossroads for a variety of relatively … Continue reading

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Around Muong Ngoi, and a distant farewell

Muong Ngoi, Laos Nam Ou River Tuesday, Feb 16 Before I retire to my bed, lying in the hammock on my verandah in the quiet night I am mercifully far removed from the noise and seed of ruin of this … Continue reading

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reflections from a tiny village in the process of change

Muong Ngoi, Laos Nam Ou River Monday, Feb 15, 6:30 am I am living again just above the river; this is what I was seeking. I awakened yesterday at 8 am after a good sleep, but not at peace sharing … Continue reading

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Muong Ngoi, Laos

2 am, Sunday Feb 14, 2010 I am staying tonight at the Lattanavongsa – a solidly built building, with paper thin inner “walls”. Nice enough. Rat free, bug free, clean bathroom. But it is back from the river, and lacks … Continue reading

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Leaving the Grid

Feb 13 Hello my friends, In a little while I will be heading up river to where the electricity is produced by generators which run only from 6pm til 10pm.  I will be leaving the one internet connection in Nong … Continue reading

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Nong Khiaw, Laos; River Crossroads

Yet another small change of plan, I will spend two nights here after all, instead of none, or one.  My journey flows as the river, responding to land and time and whim. I am in Nong Khiaw, Laos (pronounced key … Continue reading

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Sabaidee

Saibai di is the sound of Laos.  Said with a smile, it means hello, or welcome.  The smile is part of the word – it lights up the Lao face and lights a smile in the recipient as well. Sabai di … Continue reading

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Luang Prabang

I am staying in a backpacker’s hostel here in Luang Prabang, and it is turning out to be a most interesting place.

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