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General activities in Nong Kiaow

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Sure, visitors to Nong Kiaow can spend endless hours hanging out on a balcony staring at the river but there’s plenty of activities that can be done independently or organised through a local agency. Here’s a rundown.

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First, the little activities and sights that can stack up to fill a day and be done without a guide. Weather permitting, the Nong Kiaow viewpoint, also known as Pha Daeng peak, is highly recommended and it would take a cynical person to feel like the top of the world feeling and 360 panoramic view is not worth it. An average level of fitness and some willpower is required to make the climb. Most will do it 1.5 hrs, 45 minutes down. With some time to recover and take it all in, allot 2.5-3 hours roundtrip. Admission is 20,000 kip.

The viewpoint takes your breath away every which way. Photo taken in or around General activities in Nong Kiaow, Nong Kiaow, Laos by Cindy Fan.

The viewpoint takes your breath away every which way. Photo: Cindy Fan

Next, there are two caves, both are walking distance though a bicycle would greatly speed things along. Only accessible in dry season, the historically significant Phatok Cave (Tham Phatok) is a set of three caves 2.3 km south on the main road (towards Sam Neua, on the tourist side of the river). During the Secret War, the cave was used as a headquarters for the communist Pathet Lao, as a shelter for villagers during American bombing, a hospital and a depository for the Bank of Laos. Ticket is 10,000 kip.

Feeling adventurous? On the opposite side of the Nam Ou river (town side), 1.6 km past the bus station on the main road towards Luang Prabang, Pha Kuang Cave was only recently scouted and opened up to the public. Said to also have been used by villagers as a shelter during the war, the spacious entrance is home to some Buddha statues. The rest of the cave is not for claustrophobics. A rough map found on the brochure indicates a tight passageway, initially 1.5 m high, then squeezing into a lengthy 0.5 m high passage with one brief bottleneck of 0.3 m x 0.75 m. Eventually it reaches an opening with two 10 m slopes. The rest remains ... Travelfish members only (Around 900 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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