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Trekking in Laos: Luang Nam Tha

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In the agency we were promised enough forest and jungle, some harvest fields, sleeping in 2 different villages where we would interact with its people, waterfalls and a good guide in English. Of all this they only complied with sleeping in the villages, but without interacting too much in one of them. He price agreed was 55 Kips per person. We found it very reasonable a priori, but at the end of the trekking we feel scammed.

Trekking: Day 1

We start together with Cecile, Thomas and Trui from the market place in the van accompanied by our two guides, a man in his 60s and a young girl, both with almost zero English. After passing through another market in the city to do some food shopping, the van left us at the beginning of a trekking that in its first 50 minutes was quite promising. The forest was half leafy and could not be heard more than our footsteps and the chirping of birds.

The route was not very complicated although the climbs began within half an hour of beginning. We stopped to eat at 12 and tasted our first portion of what our would be food, breakfast and dinner for the following 72 hours: compact rice -sticky rice in English-, green beets, chilled cold meat and spicy sauce. At the time it didn't seem bad. At the end of the trek I swore not to eat it for a month, minimum.

The landscape was not the promised jungle but at least the range of forest could be earned. The guide's explanations did not go beyond pointing out the bamboo and banana trees - two of the few that everyone already knew well - and termite nests. The girl closed the group muting around the forum. The best thing was the good vibes that we had the 5 that we integrated the group.

Before 4 pm we arrive at the Akha village With a suffocating heat. We washed a little in some fountains and toured the small village to the place where we would sleep: a large straw house for foreigners only. The contact with the Akha was reduced to playing a wicker ball - which I found in the village school - with the children of the village. They were the only ones who made some case for us while the adult inhabitants of the town continued in their daily work and barely responded to our greetings.

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