We took a 3 day kayak trip with Green Discovery on the River Ou from Nong Kiau to Luang Prabang. Overnights were in riverside villages in a home-stay. The first village was remote as only accessible by river. Talk about eating "real" Laos cuisine! Our guide was attentive, spoke English well, and prepared 3 course riverside lunches. This was indeed the highlight of our visit to Laos.
The kayaks and equipment were old. We are experienced paddlers and we still managed to tip twice. There are several rapids, none dangerous. The river is a busy river with many sections with operating gold panning and dredging by hand or by a small motor. Fishing and fishing nets is common. Water buffalo, small fenced river side gardens, villages, fast long tail open boats, passenger boats, kids swimming and woman washing clothes were passed.
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