Photo: Lunch in Huay Xai.

Nam Nyon Waterfall

Our rating:


Get a quote for travel insurance today.

Nam Nyon waterfall is located about half an hour upriver from Huay Xai by speedboat and a similar amount of time in a chartered tuk tuk.

Travel better, travel smarter

Save money, receive our latest updates and get the most out of your travels.


Photo of Nam Nyon Waterfall

Heading to the falls is more about the journey on the river or road and through rural areas of Laos that hardly any other foreigners visit, especially as almost all travellers head down river to Luang Prabang or up the main highway to Luang Nam Tha.

By boat, the Mekong becomes narrower the further upriver you head from Huay Xai and a few rapids need to be tackled by your boatman. These are generally no problem, however, and the boatmen will generally just plough on through at about 50 kilometres an hour all the while steep mountains either side pass by.

A few remote villages will zoom past as you head up the Mekong and it’s one of these villages that you will need to stop at in order to make a final push towards the Nam Nyon waterfall. The best town to disembark at is Ban Nyon, from where you will need to find a tuk tuk driver to take you the final seven kilometres.

Alternatively, you can charter a tuk tuk from Huay Xai for the journey, which is a cheaper alternative than using a speedboat, but not as exciting. The tuk tuk passes through many remote villages, paddy and past the odd wedding-party complete with Lao music and hundreds of people swilling Beer Lao.

Depending on the season you arrive at the Nam Nyon waterfall, it can be quite impressive, falling for about six or seven metres. A short walk from the carpark across some wooden suspension bridges and you arrive at the viewing point. It’s possible to swim in the lake, but generally more appealing during the wet season when flows are more rapid.

What next?

 Browse our independent reviews of places to stay in and around Huay Xai.
 Check prices, availability & reviews on Booking
 Read up on where to eat on Huay Xai.
 Check out our listings of things to do in and around Huay Xai.
 Read up on how to get to Huay Xai.
 Do you have travel insurance yet? If not, find out why you need it.
 Planning on riding a scooter in Huay Xai? Please read this.
 Browse the web securely while travelling with TunnelBear. Try with a 7–day free trial.

See below for more sights and activities in Huay Xai that are listed on

Top of page

Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Huay Xai? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Laos.

Top of page