Over the last few month I am planning my trip to Laos, and by reading trip reports reviews etc I changed my itinerary a few times. One thing I definitely want to do is some trekking in northern Laos. After dismissing my idea of going to Phongsali due to the time it takes to get there I am undecided if I should head to Luang Namthe, Muang Sing or Muang Long. Reading about these places didn't make it any easier I must admit.
The plan is to arrive in Houayxai on Thursday morning mid of October, and head the same day to one of the above places. On Friday I want to take it easy, exploring the area by bike of canoe (where possible) to enjoy my birthday (with one or two driks in the evening). This would give me 4 days time to do a three day trek, as I would like to head either to Muang Khoua (to take the boat down to Nong Khiaw) or directly to Nong Khiaw (any suggestions?) on Wednesday.
The trek should include homestays, and maybe have the possibility to stay a bit longer in the tribe village on the second day to experience of the local life and have a shorter walk that day. I am aware that it might be a bit more difficult or expensive to do this as a single traveller, but it would be a nice thing to do.
I would appreciate any comments or suggestion where to go and what to do, and I am open minded about travelling off the beaten trek.