Surrounded by limestone peaks and mountains, Nong Khiaw is beautifully located in the north of Laos. This delightful village lies about 150 km northeast of Luang Prabang on the Nam Ou river, a winding waterway that flows into the mighty Mekong.
Nature is the main draw here: visit Nong Khiaw to spend some time amongst dramatic mountainous scenery, with little else to do but immerse oneself in the laid-back slow pace of Laos, which is arguably the best way to really appreciate this country. Spend time cycling, trekking and boating within the unspoiled scenery, or simply sit on your balcony or at a local restaurant overlooking the Nam Ou river, with a cool Beer Lao and a local mouthwatering dish of Laab or Som Tam, and soak up the ambiance. We love that Laotian people are incredibly friendly and welcoming, and we guarantee that you will make friends whilst you are there.
Nong Khiaw is best visited after Luang Prabang and despite a dam on the Nam Ou meaning that access directly from the city is no longer possible without changing boat, it is possible and recommended to go part of the way by river. The Nam Ou is often cited as one of the most stunning waterways in the whole of Laos, and spending time floating along this river is an absolute must while exploring here.
As this region of Laos is so remote, accommodation is basic yet comfortable, and of course comes with incredible views. We would suggest spending a couple of nights here, and if time, combining it with a stay in the village of Muang La, which can also be reached partly by river.
Northern Laos can get surprisingly cool in December and January, so if you would like to include Nong Khiaw in your tailor-made holiday to Laos, we would suggest taking some layers with you. November to April is the best time of year to visit, as the weather is typically warm and dry, although travelling outside of this time is also possible.
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