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Trekking in Nong Kiaow

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Jungle, karst, river, waterfalls, rural villages—this landscape is one of Nong Kiaow’s main draws. The natural surrounds and the Nam Ou river are truly stunning and to really appreciate it, travellers need to get outdoors and on the water.

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Trekking and river travel has been a Nong Kiaow tourism mainstay for some time and unfortunately there hasn’t been many changes or any innovation on what’s being offered. The most famous is the “100 Waterfalls Trek”, introduced by Tiger Trails, the largest company in town. Other popular options include Tad Mork waterfall, visit to Ban Sopjam and Muang Ngoi.

Can get hazy. Photo taken in or around Trekking in Nong Kiaow, Nong Kiaow, Laos by Cindy Fan.

Can get hazy. Photo: Cindy Fan

In terms of trail conditions, the best time to go trekking is in dry season (approximately November to May), with cool temperatures November to February, extreme heat from April to June. Rainy season would be exceptionally pretty, especially when the rice fields approach harvest time in October, but expect conditions to be difficult, muddy and slick. It’s also buggier and there are leeches to avoid.

Some general tips: you’ll need a hat, sunscreen, mosquito repellent and decent shoes/sandals, footwear that can get wet if doing a waterfall trek. Women need a sarong for river bathing.

The four main companies, for better or for worse, have also remained the same over the years. All offer one-day or multi-day trekking with villages, waterfall, homestay and/or boat ride. They will advertise tours already booked and the number of people signed up. The more participants the lower the price per person.

Not all treks require a guide. Photo taken in or around Trekking in Nong Kiaow, Nong Kiaow, Laos by Cindy Fan.

Not all treks require a guide. Photo: Cindy Fan

Bearing confusingly similar names, NK Adventures and Nong Kiau Adventures are both locally owned, family run businesses. We’ve written about our positive experience with NK Adventures on the Tad Mork waterfall trek and we continue to use them for guides and booking ... Travelfish members only (Around 700 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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