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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I Found Paradise in Nong Khiaw, Laos


Nong Khiaw
beautiful view of the Nam Ou River

After an hour of waiting and being confused by Laos' public transportation, three hours of hot and bumpy ride, we made it to Nong Khiaw (Northern Laos). This quiet little town with the Nam Ou river at the middle, is a good and wonderful break from the touristy North Thailand and Luang Prabang. The kind of place and travel I like, and love even.

As you cross the bridge, you can see the bungalows lining up the other side of the river.


Nong Khiaw Bridge

Quaint bungalows with their own balcony and hammock! We chose to stay at Sunrise Bungalows, it's a bit pricey than the cheaper ones. But for USD9 or 80,000 LAK, with your own hammock, an orange tree within your reach, and a wonderful view, it's more than worth it.

Nong Khiaw Bungalows
Sunrise Bungalows

Nong Khiaw Oranges
oranges just outside our bungalow

It forces you in a good way to not think about anything stressful. And with all the worries I've been having lately about finally going back to 'reality', this is what I really needed. Simple life at its best.

Nong Khiaw River 3
life by the river

Nong Khiaw River Life

Nong Khiaw River 2 

Even just staying in the balcony, reading a book, enjoying a delicious fruit yoghurt shake, is more than enough to stay here more than what you initially planned.

And of course, the cute children!

Nong Khiaw Kids

Nong Khiaw Kid

Nong Khiaw Kid 3

Nong Khiaw Kid 2

Again, simple life at its best. :)