hello--looking for advice on our Oct 09 trip.
We start by staying 4 nights in Luang Prabang-this part of the itinerary is pretty much fixed because we want to be there for Boun Ok Phansa festival in early October-- The two other things we are really keen on doing are a river trip up the Nam Ou with overnight (and maybe a one day trek) in Muang Ngoi. After- or before-- that we would also like to head up to Luang Nam Tha for a couple of days guided trekking in Nam Ha protected area.
My question is how best to get between these places--we only have 7 days before we have to be back in LP to fly out. Is that doable? If so would it better to visit Luang Nam Tha first, and then get over to Muang Ngoi somehow and take a boat back to LP? If anyone knows details about traveling btwn Luang Namtha and Muang Ngoi/Nong Khiaw that would be very helpful. Money is not a huge object here---is it possible to hire a driver? Thanks!