This is a lovely area of Laos, with lots of Tribal Ethnic Villages (this is what the Locals call the area).
We had 3 days of touring with a great local guide. His name is Ped ( Luang Namtha Discovery Tours ).
We stayed overnight in Muang Sing at a lovely guesthouse. While we were having dinner a Laos volunteer English teacher asked if we would come to the makeshift class room and let his 4 student practice English. We went in and spent a lovely part of the evening helping these 10 and 12 year old girls practice English.
We went to the Chinese boarder but could not cross as it was a non-tourist border.
Sugar cane exports from Laos to China. We saw dozens of truck loads heading to the border.
Loading a sugar cane truck.
Here are some of the shots from the various villages.
We were invited to a lovely stitch n bitch session.
Crossing one of the shaky bridges with many missing slats. The rewards on the other side are usually worth it.
Bike on another shaky bridge.
A young villager.
Take a gander at this.
Rice noodles being processed and sold at the market.
Our guide having some fun with a villager.
While it is an amazing country to tour, there are some issues with Laos. They do not tolerate freedom of religion, and if you are caught trying to spread your beliefs it could be fatal. As tourists, we feel extremely safe. There are few hospitals and clinics. If you get sick you go to a shaman.
Otherwise you go to the market and buys some herbs. For westerers we exit as quickly as possible to Thailand if we need care. Below is a picture from the market, where vegetables, fruit, meat (including all kinds of wired forest animals) and herbs from the forest.
Janis cycling through a banana plantation being run by a village on behalf of a Chinese interest.
One village was making sugar cane candy. The process includes squeezing the liquid frome the cane stock. Next they boil it down for about 4 hours (a process similar to the maple syrup process). Next they pour it and cut it and it looks similar to a block of fudge.
Janis and David