Follow the small paths of hunters and farmers into the mountains and villages.We put on our boots to walk through forest, mountains and uphill rice fields. First we transfer 10 km to Ban Huai Lek, a small Khmu village east of here. We cross mountain tops and descend into villages, passing through the villages of Huai Khong and Sop Vanh. We might get wet feet as we cross the stream of Nam Vanh.
We will get an impression of how people living off the land in the villages and our guide will look for local fruits and vegetables along the way as they are collected from the forest. This depends on the season. Lunch will be prepared in Ban Huai Khong.
Once down by the Nam Ou, there’s another 6 km left along a dirt track back to Nong Khiaw. We choose to jump in a small boat in Ban Sop Vanh and cruise back in the late afternoon. The river is spectacular at that time. We share a sunset beer at the end of the trip.