Region: Northern Laos
Date: 30th January 2003
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Location: Leaves from Nong Khiaw, four hour bus ride north of Luang Prabang.
Many people take the "slow boat" from Huay Xai to the border. this is a very nice trip, but it has become a bit touristy and they stuff all the foreigners onto one crowded boat. If you want a "wilder" more "authentic" experience, take the two-day boat trip to Phongsali. It's amazingly beautiful and a fun time. You might even be the only foreigners!