Aug 14, 2012
We found a bungalow with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and river. It was midday and too hot to walk around, so we headed to the nearest restaurant for a baguette and the best ever coconut and pineapple shake! Meanwhile Shane lost yet again at another round of cards. When it had cooled down a bit, we went to find out about doing a day trek in the surrounding area. We also decided to check when the next boat was to Muang Khua (our transit point before reaching Vietnam), it turned out that there was only one boat running in the next five days and it was the next morning - no day trekking for us! Afterwards a couple of young girls ran up to us wanting us to pick them up. They were very cute and we gave them the first English/Lao Big Brother Mouse book.
That evening we had dinner with a couple, who were on their seven week honeymoon, and swapped travelling tales.
After a three hour minivan ride, we arrived in the very dusty, extremely hot bus station of Nong Khiaw. The heat was intense, so we got in a pickup truck (taxi) to take us the 2km to the small village, split by the river Ou but joined by a bridge.