Huay Bo is the most off the beaten path place I have ever reached on my own. It took 3 hours walking from Muang Ngoi to find this village with no roads, no internet and no electricity network, where I spent two days learning about the lifestyle of its people. One of the best experiences I had in Laos.
Muang Ngoi used to be an unknown destination in northern Laos, a beautiful village with no electricity or internet, only possible to reach by boat. It is changing now, but it still surprised me in a positive way.
Muang Khoa was the first of the small villages in northern Laos that I wanted to visit. It is not a popular tourist destination, I went there because I wanted to travel south through the river Nam Ou and, oh surprise, I fell in love with Muang Khoa and its people.
Laos is the country I really wanted to visit in South East Asia. I had imagined it as a slow, peaceful country where you can forget about your watch, with small villages, plenty of nature and smiling people. Finally I would discover if it is like this or not.
The border crossing from Chiang Khong (Thailand) to Huay Xai (Laos) changed in December 2013. A lot of information in guides and websites is not up-to-date, so here there is some information on how to cross, based on my trip in Dec 2014 and updates in Jan 2016.