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.


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.


A Day Out and About at Nam Ngum Lake

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.




  • A full-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • A leisurely 1-hour cruise over the Nam Ngum Lake
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch on board is included (food only)


  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)


  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply.
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Vientiane. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as Ngam Num Lake, Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, and Vientiane International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of lunch address.
  • We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pick-up and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.


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