Trip Start Jan 01, 2011
41Trip End Mar 21, 2011
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As the visa was being processed, we exchanged some Thai Baht to Laos Kip and are now millionaires in Laos as one Baht is worth 264 Kip! Finally, we received our visas and walked up the hill to the orange Stray bus and met our local guide who is quite into the company colors with a Stray t-shirt, orange pants and runners
We started our journey to Luang Namtha where we will be for the night. The roads in Laos are extremely winding and are rough in some parts, so the overland travel will be interesting for the next couple weeks. The scenery on the way was small mountains covered in jungle or farms. We were also able to see many villages on the way which were made of rattan or banana leaf - very traditional and not as developed as Thailand. On the bus, the two guides provided us information on Laos, on the tour and we played games to pass the time.
On the way, we stopped for a late lunch. We really enjoyed our first taste of Lao food - chicken fried rice for me and noodle soup and stir-fried vegetables for Jeff. The food was simple, but flavourful and full of vegetables.
We arrived in Luang Namtha around 3:30 pm and checked into our guesthouse, which we were very surprised at. For just over $10, we have a huge room with a private bathroom, tv, fan and wifi - we were blown away. We have never stayed somewhere so cheap. After checking in, we got back onto the bus and drove 8 km to a local village which we walked through and then walked up to the waterfall located behind it. The village was very traditional with traditional houses and storage huts and lots of chickens and pigs running around.
Tonight we are heading to the local market for dinner - the duck and sticky rice is supposed to be amazing and may be heading to a Chinese disco afters. Should be interesting.