Excellent photos series.Ban Xiangle on the road from Oudom Xai to Pak Beng.
Stopped for lunch. November 1995.
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Bath time in the clean river.
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1995. Hongta Hotel, Luang Namtha.
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I stayed there for the first and only time in 1993/1994.
Remember that hotel vividly with its souvenir shop full of mainly dust to your right when you drove in. It was then already a pretty run-down dusty place.
Were there in December 1993 and condition of accommodation was hot water in the shower - for obvious reasons. Of course the water was ice cold and subsequent enquiry at the "reception" resulted in getting an elderly auntie to show up with a thermo flask of Chinese origin with - indeed - hot water. There you go - lovely Laos is always good for a surprise!
Some travel stories are made to last!
Maybe someone passing through could advise, if that place still exist; the GPS data of the place read 21.008287 101.405924. Anyhow, on the many subsequent night stops there I stayed in different places in town, the poshest "hotel sur place" was the Royal Huang Chin, phone: +856 86212150 or 151, GPS: 20.998854, 101.405779 at 750 Baht; top room, everything worked and you're the only non-Chinese in the house!