Trip Start Mar 03, 2010
Trip End May 02, 2010

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Whilst the majority of travelers miss out this part of Laos (choosing the slow boat down the Mekong from Thailand to Luang Prabang) it was one of the highlights for me.  Even with the Slow Boat having been canceled due to low water and an "incident" a week before, Luang Namtha was very quiet indeed.

Having experienced the worst journey in the world to get there (7 hours, unpaved road, mental driver, one stop due to a road being shut), spending a few days in this part of the world was awesome.  It's green.  Very, very green.  Surrounded by Rice Paddies and Watermelon fields, Luang Namtha is the gateway to Lamtha National Protected Area, a massive bit of land where, if lucky, you can find some of the most endangered animals in the area (indeed, the world) - Tigers, Asian Elephants, Leopards, Bears, all sorts of Monkeys and Snakes. 

Also in this area are numerous hilltribe villages, many far away from any tourist route.  It's a part of the world just awakening up to the Western lifestyle, and long may it resist turning into another Vang Vieng.

In short, I rented another Scooter and rode about for a few days, mainly through Rainforests and Hilltribe Villages.  Since I was riding, I couldn't take many photos, so this entry is a tad bare...
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