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Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang

3Overnight At Pak Beng

Huay Xai to Luang Prabang takes two days with an overnight stop at Pak Beng, once an important river crossing on the route between China and Thailand. Situated on a deep bend in the river, today it’s little more than one street with a row of very cheap, very nasty, rat-infested bamboo rest houses overlooking the river with a cluster of traditional wooden houses forming the village further up. I’m serious about the rats. We were kept up half the night by their scurrying through our room and gnawing our bags while one unfortunate fellow traveller was bitten on the nose — not a laughing matter as rabies is a real possibilty in this area.

Children at the landing spot for a remote village.
Children at a river landing spot.

The second day we continued in an even smaller river taxi as, nice as the backpackers were, we hadn’t come to Laos to meet fellow travellers. Serendipitously, it also turned out to be more comfortable: there were no benches. Instead there was matting on the floor giving us room to stretch out. Being a taxi, it made frequent stops at the villages along the way so our journey was lenghtened quite considerably but we also had plenty of opportunity to chat with new people. You can read some of their stories here.

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