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  1. Avatar Abhijeet Deshpande
    June 1, 2017 @ 1:28 am

    Fabulous region and a story well told! Thank you! Offbeat destinations have a certain lure.

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      June 1, 2017 @ 5:07 am

      Thanks for the note! I’m hoping the Akha don’t get running water and toilets. Then they’d be overrun. They seem happy. They wouldn’t be with bus loads coming in.

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      • Avatar Abhijeet Deshpande
        January 19, 2018 @ 3:10 am

        Thanks for your writing back. Tell you what, I was once doing frequent trips (as part of an international mission to provide utilities) to the region you wrote about. I have to agree with you – they do seem happy. And since then, I have turned into a travel writer : ) Speaking of offbeat destinations, if you do not mind me leaving a link, since you enjoyed Laos, you might want to consider North East India for your upcoming travels. There’s more info at https://www.backpackingseries.com. Happy journeys in 2018!

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    • Avatar Ken Hayes
      January 17, 2018 @ 3:31 pm

      Next week I return to Lao for my 21st time in 6 years. I have a business that develops UXO survey electronics. This time I return with 9 other Americans to attend a handover ceremony for an elementary school we funded in Vieng Xai, Vang Vien District for 263 kids. January 29 will be the first day of classes. I’m lucky to haveI had this opportunity to help.

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      • John Henderson John Henderson
        January 18, 2018 @ 12:03 am

        Thanks for the note, Ken. Any off-the-beaten path places in Laos you recommend for my next trip?

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        • Avatar Ken Hayes
          January 18, 2018 @ 9:30 am

          The people in the mountains of Attapu touched my heart and reason. Legend there is that on a few bombing missions, Air America ordnance tech(s) compromised the fuses on many bombs so they would not detonate in the villages. We are talking about big bombs (Mark 81s, 82s and 83s). That’s a range of 250-1000 pound bombs.

          Where are you out of?

          Ken Hayes
          President
          Aqua Survey, Inc.
          908-347-4144 M
          908-788-8700 W

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      • John Henderson John Henderson
        January 19, 2018 @ 12:38 am

        Ken: Interesting anecdote about Air America. I had no idea. I live in Rome after 23 years in Denver. I grew up in Oregon.

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  2. Avatar Megan McCune
    October 9, 2017 @ 3:26 pm

    Hi! I’d love to know more about the tour company you used. Is Amazing Tours based in Laos? Do you have their website or contact information? Great article!

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  3. Avatar megantom
    October 9, 2017 @ 3:27 pm

    Hi! I’d love to do a trip just like this in November. Could you tell me more about the guide/tour company you used to make arrangements? Any info to help me plan would be awesome…:) Thanks so much for the great article!!

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      October 10, 2017 @ 12:09 am

      I used Amazing Lao Travel. It’s the main travel company in Phongsali. There’s another down the hill run by the government but Amazing Lao has more varied trips. No need to make reservations in November. I went in high season and just walked in and arranged a trip. The more people you have the cheaper it is but they’ll sit down with you and ask how many days you want to go and where. Then they’ll put you with a group with similar interests. The office is right on the main drag not far from the bus stop. The website is http://www.explorephongsalylaos.com. The phone number is 088-210-594 (not including country code of 856.

      If you have any other questions, be sure to write. Good luck.

      John Henderson

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      October 10, 2017 @ 12:14 am

      Thanks for the comment, Megan. As I just wrote another reader, Megantom (you probably know him/her), Amazing Lao is at http://www.explorephongsalylaos.com and 088-210-594. Add country code 856 if calling from outside Laos. The office is located right down the hill on the main drag not far from the bus stop. No need to make reservations, I don’t think. I went in high season and had no problem getting a trip organized. This part of Laos is off the beaten path. It gets some publicity but it’s hard to reach. That 15-hour overnight public bus ride is rough. We saw no other hikers on our two-day trip.

      If you have any other questions, feel free to write again.

      John Henderson

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  4. Avatar Rhema Peñaflor
    November 7, 2018 @ 6:04 pm

    Wow! I love how you describe your trip! I’ve never been to Laos yet, but because of how you write your adventure, I’d consider trekking here should I get the chance. Does Amazing Tours have a website or other contact details?

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      November 8, 2018 @ 9:16 am

      Thanks for the kind note, Rhema. Amazing’s website is http://www.explorephongsalylaos.com. I walked right in and joined a tour the next day. I never had a reservation. Check with them and see if one is recommended during the month you’re going. They’re good at replying to emails.

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      • Avatar Rhema Peñaflor
        November 8, 2018 @ 9:59 pm

        That sounds great, John! Would take note of that once I get on my backpacker mode on again. Thanks again and keep on sharing your adventures! 😀

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