A Day Out and About at Nam Ngum Lake
A Day Out and About
at Nam Ngum Lake
A 90-kilometre drive from Vientiane and you reach an amazing region of Laos. The vast Nam Ngum
Reservoir has been a favourite among tourists and locals alike for its peaceful, quiet
settings, surrounded by various, very traditional forms of agriculture.
WHY THIS TOUR?
Located north of the capital Vientiane, the waters of Nam Ngum Lake welcome a relaxing region when in need to turn away from city life and seeking out a more secluded part of Laos. Created after the Nam Ngum River was dammed in 1971, the shores of the lake feature beaches, forest-clad islands and a rugged mountain backdrop.
Constructed using foreign expertise, the reservoir is the driving force behind Laos’s production of hydroelectricity and provides power for the capital and villages on the Vientiane Plain, with surplus electricity sold across the border in Thailand. Above all, it remains one of the country’s favourite hideaway destinations for local exploration, boat trips or simply sit back and relax.
08:00 - 17:30
Be ready at around 8 am as your guide and driver will come and pick you up from your Vientiane hotel and comfortably drive you northbound. Depending on the weather and road conditions, the trip will take approximately 1.5 hours.
Stops along the way before reaching the calming waters of Nam Ngum, we stop at a small archaeological site at Vang Xang, related to the Mon Hill tribe population. Vang Xang was built in the 11th century and has some stunning Buddha images, many of them still in original state, on display. Its picturesque location along a small river makes it a perfect break while driving to our destination for the day. The lake is largely overlooked as travellers tend to take the road further north to Vang Vieng before reaching Luang Prabang.
Late in the morning, we arrive at the Nam Ngum Lake where we sit, back, relax and enjoy a great meal on board, overlooking the lake. Your guide will explain the work that has been done to preserve this favourite weekend and public holiday spot for residents from the capitol and the dam and the use as a hydropower station for the country and surrounding Indochina neighbours. Initially a part of the Nam Ngum River, the lake now covers 250-square-kilometres of deep green water since the dam was erected, and the lake gained its popularity as a holiday and weekend destination.
It is almost a given that a boat trip over the surface of the lake is included. After disembarkation, we drive back south via another route to include an interesting stop on how the local community at Ban Keun (near Phou Khao Khoauy) uses authentic means to win salt from the groundwater.
By 5.30 pm, we will reach Vientiane, and you will be brought back to the front door of your hotel.