Our boat trip today in Nong Khiaw was on the Nam Ou, one of the most important rivers in Laos. It's actually a tributary of the Mekong. We hired a man to drive us up the river to the village of Ban Sop Jam, and then back down the river to stop at Muang Ngoi and then a return to Nong Khiaw. The trip took us about six hours, and it was absolutely spectacular. Again, the photos don't begin to show just how beautiful the trip was.
It was very cold when we started, as it always is in the mornings this time of year. But the scenery was just so beautiful it really didn't matter (much).
|So cold and windy I wrapped my scarf around my head. Poor Marc just shivered.|
|Unbelievably beautiful. Sheer mountains at the river's edge, covered with rain forests.|
|That's our sweet driver.|
|Water buffalo everywhere, and also lots of wild pigs.|
|and clouds clinging to the mountains|
|such distinctive shapes|
At Ban Sop Jam, a tiny traditional village along the river, we got out and walked around the village. They are traditional weavers, so I enjoyed that a lot since I used to weave, and had a big 45" 4-harness floor loom. Their looms were handmade, many with 8 harnesses and string heddles. Amazing.
|We just loved this little village.|
|Drying rice. This IS the village -- the main (and only, we think) street.|
|We bought silk scarves from this woman|
|Weaving and winding bobbins|
|Need a seesaw for the playground? Got plenty of bamboo? Problem solved!|
|Just such a lovely little village.|
|the food may have been ordinary, but the setting was gorgeous|
|Muong Ngoi's wat|
|main street, Muong Ngoi|
Our last night in Nong Khiaw, so hard to leave. We'll just have to come back, that's all.