Laos Adventures: Huay Bo Village

After spending 3 days in Muang Ngoi, Giraud and I decided to go do some homestay at Huay Bo – another remote village about 1.5 – 2 hours walk from Muang Ngoi. About 1.5 hours if you take the short cut across the rice fields and two hours if you don’t get lost. Just follow the dirt road that leads to Bana (another small village) and Huay Bo is the next village after that (just ask around).

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We can’t be bothered putting sunblock on ourselves so we walked like the locals do to protect themselves from the sun – with an umbrella! Yes it was hot.

There are not a lot of signs on the way to Huay Bo but people know where it is so keep asking and make sure that you are on the right direction. That is, if you meet people while walking towards the village.

We had to cross a couple of rivers where these water buffalos were out chilling.

We had to cross a couple of rivers where these water buffalos were out chilling.

Huay Bo is a tiny village inhabited by about 43 families. There is no permanent electricity or internet. There’s literally just one road, no stores to buy anything, not even a bunch of bananas. You have to go to the next village for that or you go to the forest and look for some. We were craving for snacks during our stay there but there were no stores to buy snacks and we were too lazy to walk to another village, so for a week we didn’t have any snacks in between our meals!

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The small remote village of Huay Bo – about 1.5 – 2 hours walk from the riverside village of Muang Ngoi.

Some families use generators that use gasoline or use the flow of the many rivers nearby so that they can have a couple of hours of electricity (usually from 6 pm till 8 pm). The electricity the generators generate is enough to power a couple of light bulbs, charge their cellphones or battery powered radios and sometimes, watch a couple of hours of TV. No, there is no internet access, not even 3G.

We went to the forest to look for mushrooms but couldn't find any. On the way back to the village, we found a big snake. Our host shot it and it became the family dinner that night. It felt like chewing on rubber, to be honest.

We went to the forest to look for mushrooms but couldn’t find any. On the way back to the village, we found a big snake. Our host shot it and it became the family dinner that night. It felt like chewing on rubber, to be honest.

We tried to help out with the family in their everyday tasks. We went hunting a couple of times. We worked in the rice fields but it is not the rice season so we just did some work on the land.

There are a lot of cows and water buffalos in the fields around the village.

There are a lot of cows and water buffalos in the fields around the village.

Most of our days are spent, literally doing nothing much than relaxing on the hammock, reading a book or talking to our homestay family. Actually, we were not the only ones doing nothing. We saw that many people in the village are doing the same, hanging out infront of their houses, chilling, watching the activities in the village, talking to other villagers. Life here is easy and simple!

I had a haircut without an electric hair trimmer, just with a pair of scissors.

I had a haircut without an electric hair trimmer, just with a pair of scissors.

There are two places to choose for accommodation. Remember, this is a really small village and accommodation is very basic. We stayed at Somsanouk Homestay and Restaurant (10, 000 kip per room/day). They made sure that we get to know a lot about their village life and sharing that experience to us as well.

We have our "shower" here, at an improvised public shower system. The water comes from a nearby river and goes through bamboo pipes towards this public bath area. Everybody here showers a few times a day because of the heat and the dirty and hard farm work. Sometimes, there is a lineup! :)

We have our “shower” here, at an improvised public shower system. The water comes from a nearby river and goes through bamboo pipes towards this public bath area. Everybody here showers a few times a day because of the heat and the dirty and hard farm work. Sometimes, there is a lineup! 🙂

There are animals everywhere – chicken, ducks, pigs, dogs, etc. Their noise wake us up in the morning and at night, the sounds of the crickets, frogs, lizards can be heard everywhere in the village.

There are so many animals that roam around the village all day!

There are so many animals that roam around the village all day! Their sounds fill the village.

If you ever had a chance, please visit the simple yet beautiful village of Huay Bo. The people there will be happy to welcome you.

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The village of Huay Bo.

Thanks to the friendly people of Huay Bo for sharing your village with us. Till we meet again next time! Khop chai!

With our host Somsanouk and backpackers Kevin, Giraud and Hurly.

With our host Somsanouk and backpackers Kevin, Giraud and Hurly.

Accomodation: Somsanouk Homestay and Restaurant for basic rooms at 10, 000 kip/per day. There is also another guesthouse right infront of Somsanouk.

Food: Starts at 10, 000 kip for a meal. There are no stores to buy snacks or anything else so if you like munching on chips and peanuts, buy it in Muang Ngoi or in Bana. Somsanouk will have soda, Beer Lao, Lao Lao and water for sale.

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2 responses to “Laos Adventures: Huay Bo Village

  1. Pingback: Laos Adventures: Luang Prabang | I am Hurly.·

  2. Hello hurly this looks so good. I am going to be travelling to laos for the first time. I checked out the guesthouse you recommended but couldn’t find it. Do you know of similar villages near Luang Prabang that I can stay at. I will be travelling to Luang Prabang from Huay Xai via slowboat.

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