Photo: On the road to Muang La.

Daytrip to Muang La

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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.





Quiet, picturesque and enchanting, Muang La is nestled in a valley beside the Nam Pak river, directly on the highway 28 km north of Udomxai. The highlight is the natural public hot springs. Soak aching muscles for as long as you can stand the hot water, possibly only 30 seconds at a time.

Bumpy and pretty in equal measure. Photo taken in or around Daytrip to Muang La, Udomxai, Laos by Cindy Fan.

Bumpy and pretty in equal measure. Photo: Cindy Fan

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.

On the road to Muang La. Photo taken in or around Daytrip to Muang La, Udomxai, Laos by Cindy Fan.

On the road to Muang La. Photo: Cindy Fan

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 ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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