After Phongsali I was ready to travel south to Muong Ngoi, a highly talked about spot to visit in Laos. To get there you need to take an hour bus ride from town to Hat Sa. Well, an hour if the road hasn't been washed out or destroyed by the building of a new road (see the 3rd picture down) From Hat Sa you take the Nam Ou (Ou river) south for about 15 hours, but as this would be extremely uncomfortable it's broken up with a stopever in Muong Khoua. Nothing too exciting about the town but a good place to get a rest before getting back on the boat in the morning to head more south. Also a good place to head to Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam.