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4d/3n : the beautiful valley

Muang La Resort, then 2 days cruise

A short 4 days / 3 nights journey in Northern Laos, one of the little paradise. Stay first in a unique place, the Muang La Resort, and continue with a 2 days cruise on the most beautiful river in Laos, the Nam Ou river, housed in a karst landscape completely covered by a deep jungle. During the cruise, make a stop in the Nong Khiaw at the Nong Kiaw Riverside bungalows.

Itinerary at a glance

  • Day 1. Luang Prabang - Muang La
  • Day 2. Muang La
  • Day 3. Muang La - Muang Khua - Nong Khiaw
  • Day 4. Nong Khiaw - Luang Prabang

Detail of the journey

We can adapt this small circuit 3 days / 2 nights making you do the cruise to reach Luang Prabang either in 2 days but one day. Not recommended, but possible.

Day 1. Luang Prabang - Muang La Resort (…/…/D)

The goal is to go up north to reach the city of Oudomxay (3-4 hours of drive) where you will have lunch in one of the small local restaurants. Along the way, you can stop to visit, to take some pictures, to walk a bit, to visit also some ethnic villages (mostly Hmong minority) . But first at all, begin with the visit of handicraft villages, specialized in silk production and confection, the villages of Ban Xang Khong and Ban Xieng Lek.

You will arrive in the Muang La Resort early afternoon. This place is a small paradise, an unexpected luxury resort surrounded by jungle and villages inhabited by ethnic minorities.

The scenery is wonderful, the services of well-being (SPA, massages) are known to be among the best in Laos… you will for sure enjoy the stay!

Dinner and overnight at Muang La Resort ****

Muang La Resort - bridge and building

Day 2. Muang La Resort (B/…/D)

Free day…
Muang La Resort propose many different activities if you want to discover the area. By walk, by car, by bicycle, you have 1/2 day option or all day, for all levels. You also can enjoy the SPA and massage

Dinner and overnight at Muang La Resort ****

Muang La Resort: bedroom

Day 3. Muang La - Nong Khiaw (B/L/…)

After your breakfast, we will drive to Muang Khua. We will first follow the main road towards Phongsaly crossing rolling hills; the road leads eventually to Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam. We will follow the Nam Pak River, where some of the local people ‘pan for gold”.

Approximately 3 hours after leaving Muang La Resort, we will arrive at Muang Khua to start a superb river cruise. This journey from Muang Khua to Nong Khiaw is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in the region! You will have the chance to descend the Nam Ou River, discovering many villages and beautiful landscapes with limestone formations rising majestically from the water.
Lunch on board.
Arrival in Nong Khiaw in middle afternoon, before the magnificent sunset!

Night at Nong Khiaw **
Option to stay in Muang Ngoy (night in bungalow with basic comfort)

Muang Ngoi in a karst landscape covered by a deep jungle

Day 4. Nong Khiaw - Luang Prabang* (B/L/…)

After breakfast, the junk will start for about 4 hours cruise down the Nam Ou River to reach at the end the Mekong river for a last 1 hour cruise.
You will enjoy the landscape, the quiet, simple, traditional life of the inhabitant, the harmony of this part of the world.

At mid-way, because of the new dam in Ban Don Ngeun, we need to change boat. The transfer will be done with local transportation (tuk tuk or 4x4, depending on the day).

After 4 hours, you will then reach the mouth made by Nam Ou emptying into the Mekong River. There you will have a stop to visit the sacred Pak Ou caves. These 2 caves rest place of thousands of Buddha images left by the believers who come here to pray and seek guidance from spirits.

The last hour cruise will let you discover how "busy" is the bank of the Mekong around Luang Prabang. You will pass by the jail, the fishermen village, the handicraft village, and the whisky village where you might visit…

Arrived in Luang Prabang, you will be transferred to your hotel.

*Option: this Day 4 can be done by minivan. The cost of the all trip would significantly be dropped down. Don’t hesitate to ask for both quotation.

Pak Ou caves, thousands of Buddha representations

Tariffs 2016-2017

For 4 persons, from 693 USD
Please send us a request to get actualized tariffs

Inclusive of above prices:

- Private minivan from Luang Prabang to Muang La
- Private minivan (or 4x4) from Luang Prabang to Muang La
- Accommodation in twin shared
- Private boat trip from Muang Khua to Luang Prabang
- English speaking guide
- Admission fee in Pak Ou Caves
- Meals as mentioned : B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
- Government tax and service charge
- Luggage handling
- 2 bottles of drinking water per day during the tour
- 2 cold tower per day during the tour

Information on accommodation :

- Muang La Resort (River View rooms)
- Mandala Ou or Nong Kiau Riverside Ecolodge : Bungalow on the bank of the Nam Ou River



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