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Travel Blogs from Luang Namtha
... for the last 3 months, just as well we like it, but we do like to buy bread when we can get it.
We slept in our vehicles in the car park of one of the big duty free shops. It was a little bright because the shops are decorated in lots of neon and other coloured signage, but it was flat and quiet.
... down trucks on the road, including one with a huge transformer on that had broken the gooseneck which was sitting on the ground. The weight limits on the bridges must be meant to be ignored as they are all between 20 and 40 ton. We're also noticing a lot of Chinese trucks. After travelling along river valleys in amongst the hills the road opens out and Luang Namtha is on quite a large plain ringed ...
... After food we headed back through the village to meet our tuk tuk driver. We then drove/walked around about 5 of the local villages learning about the different tribes, their traditions and meeting the people. The children were all friendly waving and saying hello. Eventually we got worn out and heades back to town to chill out before having to junp on our overnight bus to our next stop in Laos, Luang Prabang. ...
... to sell us bracelets - she was rather persistent but eventually left us to our meal and bothered the person on the next table instead, working her way around the restaurant. I then Skyped Becky and Lily for a bit (Lily has a new love of Frozen so I had Let It Go stuck in my head for the next hour or so despite never watching the film myself). We spent the afternoon visiting the tour shops and comparing their prices and options, they all seemed roughly the same except some ...
... the classroom which is nice to see. However, a bit of a downer is that the average age of marriage in Laos is dropping, and is now around 15. These girls will be abandoning any education soon to hunker down, and start popping kids out. Yikes.
The town was clearly quite poor. It was positive to know however, that our trekking company sends 20% of its money to the local village. Also, it moves itself around to different villages, to spread ...