1st Laos Trips 1995

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Pak Beng & the Phu Vieng Hotel.
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And what a dump that place was. But you gotta take what you can get.
 
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Xiangle is the Village my girlfriend comes from. It's a 'Laos Lue ' Village. Same ethnicity as 'Thai Lue' . When I met her 12 years ago the Village had a couple of communal bathing places. Very refreshing I recall. The Village girls would collect the days water from there with 2 buckets balanced over the shoulders on a bamboo or wood stick. You can see scars on the shoulders of many woman here who used to carry the water the same way for years and years. The bamboo mat walls on the houses are now being replaced with concrete blocks unfortunately.
 

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Girlfriend recognises quite a few of the People in the photo. Some of the Old woman and some girls she went to school with. One of her brothers is in one of the photo's too. She says the woman showing her 'monkey' in the river isn't Thai (Laos Lue) apparently ....... I would tend to agree. Her head dressing is unusual. They usually have a towel on the head in a particular style notwithstanding the pubic hair ... :)

She has sent the photo's to family and I guess the Village will be reminiscing about the good Old Days and the Handsome farangs
 

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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!