As you turn off the road, you will see a small stupa and a dirt path down to the Nam Long. Head there in the late afternoon and you’ll probably be joined by locals washing their clothes and bathing in the river. In the dry season, the river is not deep and easy to wade across. As the rains fall the river gets deeper and swifter, and crossing is less safe but still doable. Locals who live on ... Read more about Nam Long and Nam Ma rivers .
Just south of the market a road leads across the main road and on towards the big hill with a stupa on top. Follow the road until the T-intersection, turn left and walk about 100 metres until a dirt road on the right appears and head up that. At the top is a modest stupa overlooking the entire town and large sections of farmland for kilometres around. This is a great place to get your ... Read more about Hilltop Stupa .
One of the main reasons that people come to this part of the world is to trek into the highlands where remote villages exist as they have for hundreds of years. A far cry from other parts of Laos and Thailand, Muang Long is genuinely off the beaten track, with only a handful of foreigners making it into town every year. This remote and rugged district has incredible ethnic diversity and a ... Read more about Trekking around Muang Long .
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