We had the wonderful experience of staying at the home of Lem & Vaan’s (the parents-in-law of our guide, Chris) in the village (Ban) of Houay Deua in rural Laos. A very modest home by any standards but with the warmest of hospitality even though we had to communicate via Chris.
Electricity is available but is used scarcely as the prices do increase dramatically after the first few price breaks. For the evening we had one light going in the main living area and one outside near the kitchen (although the chef preparing our wonderful evening meal also used a headlight). They have no running water but a hand-dug well with a pump. The bathroom was a typical Asia squat toilet with buckets nearby to ‘flush’ and even though it is inside the house there was no lighting in this room so we made sure to take a torch!!Our family was made-up a sleeping area in the living area next to the bags of excess rice (from this season’s bumper crop) and with an extremely good mosquito net. We were comfortable and have certainly had much harder beds throughout Asia. As guests we were also kindly provided the use of the only fan available. No Wi-Fi but pretty good 3G reception.The village has a couple of small shops to purchase bare essentials and recently a health centre and simple pharmacy has opened to provide the residents with closer and more assessable health care.
This is definitely a remote location in rural Laos but a ‘home’ we won’t forget in a hurry.