Our hungry bellies accepted despite the 'is it hygienic?' thoughts and that, as well as the orange she gave us for dessert, filled us up! Kate went for a snooze on the boat deck then finally we arrived at our destination. As the sun was setting I left Shane finishing a cup of tea in a restaurant with the bags while I tried to find a clean room to stay in in this very untouristy town. Forty minutes later I returned with a room to stay in and the promise of a bus leaving for Vietnam at 5.30am from a man who spoke no English - through mime we had a very long conversation consisting of price, time etc. We dumped our bags and went to find some food and gave out the last two books from Big Brother Mouse.
Then we got an early night and hoping we had the time right for the morning!
We took a six hour boat journey up the river from Nong Khiaw to Muang Khua. The scenery on the trip was breathtaking but the journey was about four hours too long for our liking. We stupidly hadn't bought any lunch as we thought it would just go soggy in the heat. With only a couple of bananas to sustain us over six hours, we soon regretted that decision! After two hours on the boat we had dropped everyone else off at their villages and we were the only ones left with the boat driver and his wife. They started eating their lunch ( the wife preparing and passing everything to her husband so he could still drive) and then they offered us some sticky cold rice and super spicy fish stew from their bare hands.