We are planning a trip to Laos late this year, being slightly limited time wise we are trying to choose where to go. Luang Prabang is for sure, and from there we need to choose between going up to Luang Nam Tha to do some trekking, or going up the river to a river side town or two, probably Nong Khiaw, and maybe another. Any suggestions which one to choose?!
#1 Undisclosed has been a member since 10/10/2012. Posts: 10
If you're time is limited I'd go with Nong Kiaow -- it is much closer and there is quite a bit to do there.
One of our researchers did a trek quite recently in Nong Kiaow, and I went trekking from Luang Nam Tha a couple of years ago - you can read about that here. Between those two stories you should be able to get an idea on what is on offer.
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Thanks for your reply, really enjoyed reading about the two! Will have a good think about which one is more suitable.
#3 Undisclosed has been a member since 10/10/2012. Posts: 10
We also had to make this decision last week. We chose for the van to Nong Khiaw, with two nights there. We took the 100 Falls trek through Tiger Trails, which was excellent. Cost us 270,000 kip p/p with a group of 4 and includes a great lunch on top of the world. The next day we took a boat up to Muang Ngoi , which was just spectacular. We stayed at Ning Ning's, to the left of the boat landing. The rooms are clean and nice and her restaurant balcony has the best views in town. She also has great cocktails, laap and fried riverweed. We had two nights in Muang Ngoi and if we could, we would have stayed much longer. I don't know how long you have, but 5 days gives you a really good look at the area and the desire to never leave!
The only caveat: if you're really set on taking the boat back to Luang Prabang, you may want to stay the night before in Nong Khiaw. We had a delay leaving Muang Ngoi which meant that we missed the connecting boat in NK so ended up taking the bus back. Cheaper and faster but still disappointing. Next time better luck, and there will be a next time!
#4 Klozknitz has been a member since 20/12/2012. Posts: 5