Asia | South East Asia | Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Laos) | Mekong | Luang Prabang – Mud on your face, big disgrace, ….
Together with Ian & Kirsty we were going to explore the hills around Luang Prabang on a 2 day trek.
I should have known better!
After the kind of wet and muddy trek in Burma, I should have realised that with all the rain that had fallen in Laos, this was not going to be a sunday afternoon stroll.
Steep as hell the first day and so slippery I went face down in the mud several times, hiking boots or no hiking boots! At some spots you literally had to wrap yourself around a tree to pull yourself up the hill…
Sleeping on a bambou mat on wood did not agree with me in Burma – and guess what – I didn’t sleep much here either…and woke up with a terrible headache.
Still thought this was caused by all the smoke in the wooden house in Longkuk, the Hmong village where we overnighted. Or maybe all the chanting that the H’mong did during the night…
It was good the next days was an easy walk, not much climbing and actually taking a boat ride along the river to get to the Tad Xae waterfalls.
A wonderfull spot, not only for it’s beauty of wild running water through the trees, but also because we could take a swim!
Feels good to be clean and wash all the mud away!
Don’t let my writings fool you though: it was hard, but we had loads of fun and saw again some stunning scenery that more often than not took our breath away – and not only because of the steep climbing….
A great two days in the fhills therefore!