We woke up at around 8 and were given a breakfast of rice and omelette. They were quite generous portion sizes. I imagine the people in the village rarely eat such big portions. After breakfast, we donated some money to the village for a school. Whether it will actually go to the village or not, I don’t know but the village really touched us and reminded us how lucky we were to live in such a developed country.
After saying goodbyes to the village people, we walked to another nearby village which was not as poor as the one which we had stayed at. The housing was much newer and we visited a school there. The village was sponsored by a German company.
We continued our trek back to the main road. There was a lot of uphill and we struggled in the heat and were the slowest ones in the group. When we reached the top of a hill, we stopped and ate lunch. As usual, the food was laid out on some large leaves and we ate with our hands. After lunch, the trek was a little easier as it was mostly downhill. We finally finished walking around 3pm and got picked up on the main road and taken back to Luang Nam Tha.
We were told that the route that we walked was the route which the villagers would have to take to buy supplies. So the cans of coke and beer which they had been selling to us had also travelled our journey to get there. What a trek but if you have no choice, then you have no choice. We are so lucky!
In the evening, we met up with our group again and ate at a restaurant called Papaya for some traditional Laos food. It was really really nice and we tried laab for the first time, a salad which contained mince meat. It was delicious.