Published/Last edited or updated: 2nd June, 2018
The village of Muang La is 28 kilometres from Udomxai and if travellers are short on time, then the scenic town can be visited as a simple day trip.
Other than that, there’s nothing much to do—and that’s why we love it. Walk through the rural Khmu villages and rice paddies, enjoy the mountain vistas, visit Wat Pha Singkham, a temple that’s an important pilgrimage site and swim in the cold river (women should be wrapped in a sarong or fully clothed).
Muang La can also be done in a scenic motorbike loop with Nam Kat waterfall as a long day trip. It doesn’t give much time for Muang La but if driving through countryside brings you joy, then this is an excellent journey.
It’s best to set out early in the morning in order to return to Udomxai before dark. From the city centre, pass the airport and head out on this road following signs for Namkat Yorlapa Resort, there’s should be one every kilometre or so. As of 2018, the road was being paved, a pleasant journey through rice fields past rolling hills. You’ll go through Ban Donkeo village, Ban Nabo-Noy then Ban Faen, turning right and following the new road until it dead ends at the resort and waterfall entrance (Udomxai to here approximately 17 km).
The waterfall is open daily 8:30-17:00 and except for when there’s been heavy rain, the cheapest and quickest option (shuttle to trailhead and one kilometre walk to falls) takes around two hours roundtrip. You may want to bring a snack or have one at the waterfall’s cafe or the resort ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 700 words.)
Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you’ll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.