Phongsali, leeches haven, hill tribes' hide away

Trip Start Sep 03, 2006
Trip End Aug 15, 2007

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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Fancy some Natinal Geographic photo shoot of tribal people in full regalia ?
Feel like dog stew for diner ?
Ever dreamt to spot leeches in their natural environment ?
Phonsgali is FOR YOU !  A hell of a bus ride to get there (2 days from Luang Prabang), a heck of a boat trip to steer clear from it (3 days down river), it does not get much more remote than that !
Thanks to this exceptionally sheltered context, the brave Western trekker will be  to spot some of the most stunningly dressed tribes in the world, proud communities resisting the short/tee-shirt Asian  uniform ( for how much longer ?).
Hurry !
Men have practically all shedded their traditional attire ( but for Festivals ) and satellite dishes fourish at the crest of the most isolated mountain villages.
But, remember to be polite and ask first before pointing your lense at a dignified local beauty.
So, did we, and , as a result, some of the most beautiful apparitions that crossed our (muddy) path will be confined to our memory only ... sorry !
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