Sunday, March 12, 2006

Trekking Northern Laos

Liz Price in the Malaysian Star writes: "We were in northern Laos, close to the Chinese and Myanmar borders. We had our base in the small town (or more accurately a large village) of Vieng Phoukha, on Route 3 in Luang Namtha province. ...

However Luang Namtha will soon open up to the world as China and Thailand are constructing a highway through the area.
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We had entered Laos from Thailand. From Chiang Rai we went to the border town of Chiang Khong and took a ferry across the Mekong to Huay Xai [Houay Xai]. Immigration was a breeze as we got our visas on arrival.
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At Vieng Phoukha [Vieng Phukha], we went to the Eco-Guides office to arrange a trek. This is the newest trekking area in Laos, and the Eco-Guides service is a community-based scheme that currently offers four treks that stop at various ethnic villages like the Akha, Hmong and Khmu. "

This appears to be the link for the eco guide service.
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