|Family of buffaloes chilling on the banks|
|On the way there|
As for budget places to stay, they are all budget except for one fancy place to your immediate left at the boat landing. Most of them are doubles and cost 40000 kip per night, basic stuff with shared cold shower.
I stayed at Phonsavanh Guesthouse and if you are reading this looking for a place to stay in Muang Ngoi, I wouldn't recommend it. The stray dogs seem to congregate in front of this building every night and howl like they are possessed, the bathroom was very filthy, the rooms don't have much of a view, the flimsy bamboo walls mean that you can hear that couple two rooms away as though they are in bed with you. For the same price, you can get much better value accommodation and if you're lucky, one with a good view so speculate, people, speculate! Don't be lazy like I was and settle for the first cheap room you see.
Lovely Penny from Phonsavanh will approach you the moment you step off the boat into Muang Ngoi. Penny's a delightful host and the food is really good (buffet for 15000 kip), so go there for dinner. Just don't sleep there.
As always in less developed countries, bring your torches! The road is dark at night with no lights except for the occasional restaurant/GH.
|Primary school on the left plus a huge field for the kids to play on|
|strong little girl!|
|Trail (path?) to the caves|
|Shameless camwhoring after much walking, "Where the hell are these bloody caves?!"|
All in all, Muang Ngoi is a nice place. Chilled out, pretty scenery, good for a few days, might get a little bit boring after a while.
|Bridge over shallow waters|
So that's it. From now on I'll shut up about Lao PDR and stop boring you with minutiae on how pretty it is and how I dislike the food but love the coffee and blah blah blah...
until the next trip, of course!
This July :)