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Udomxai

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  • Handicrafts
    4 stars

    In a town filled to the brim with cheaply made, poor quality Chinese goods, it’s important to remember that Udomxai province is home to several ethnic minorities trying to maintain their handicraft traditions. At the unremarkably named PMC, an acronym for the Productivity and Marketing Center ... read more

  • Cycling around Udomxai
    4 stars

    In Laos, head out of any urban centre and it doesn’t take long to find yourself immersed in the countryside. This is also true of Udomxai. Your best bet for renting bicycles is at Litthavixay Guesthouse or Charming Lao Hotel. If you want a decent ride, inquire with one of the cycle tour ... read more

  • Daytrip to Muang La
    4 stars

    We highly recommend staying at least one night in Muang La – if not three or four – but if you’re short on time then a day trip to the scenic town is possible and worth it. Muang La is 28 kilometres from Udomxai but the terrible road surface means the journey there will take one hour. ... read more

  • Trekking from Udomxai
    4 stars

    If you are interested in treks and tours, stop by the Provincial Tourism Information Centre (Mon–Fri, 08:30–16:30) on the main street directly across from the market. They can help you book tours and licensed local guides. Plenty of photos and information are displayed, as well as a helpful ... read more

  • Red Cross Massage and Sauna
    4.5 stars

    For only 12,000 kip, you can relax and feel good about supporting the Lao Red Cross in Udomxai. Funds generated from their traditional sauna and massage go to community first aid training, construction of toilets and gravity-fed water systems, relief aid and sex education. It's 700 metres ... read more

  • KM 11 Waterfall
    3 stars

    The waterfall at kilometre 11 or Tad Lak Sip-et is nothing to write home about but it's a pleasant enough spot to come and have a picnic with the locals. They flock there to grill fish and have a swim, especially on the weekends and holidays. The waterfall isn't that powerful, making swimming ... read more

  • Wat Phu That
    2.5 stars

    Both the standing golden Buddha, a good 15 metres high, and the Wat Phu That stupa are impressive, especially at sunset. Most people will come and grab a couple of photos and promptly retreat back down to the main road. The air is fresh while the views over town and the surrounding mountains ... read more

  • Nam Kat Waterfall
    3 stars

    The entrance to the track to Nam Kat Waterfall is located at Ban Faen, a Khmu village eight kilometres east of Udomxai. The village is 15 kilometres upstream from the actual falls and we recommend hiring a guide from the village to get there. We didn't actually hit the falls ourselves this trip ... read more


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