Nam Ou River Adventure with Ethnic Villages

Nam Ou River Adventure
with Ethnic Villages

Take in the wild riverside scenery on a cruise down the Nam Ou River to a quaint riverside
hamlet backed by craggy limestone mountains. Hike through lush rice fields, meet
ethnic tribes and explore an ancient cave once used as a bomb shelter.


An important Mekong tributary, the Nam Ou River passes through some of the most stunning scenery in Laos. The riverbanks are scattered with tiny, untouched villages that are home to ethnic minorities who live simple lives – many without electricity.

Muang Ngoi is a small hamlet on the riverbank and accessible only by boat. Although humble, this 15th century village has suffered a turbulent past. During the Indochina War (1955 – 1975) it was heavily bombed, forcing the villagers and soldiers to take shelter in nearby caves, often for many days and weeks. These days, it is much more peaceful. Backed by majestic limestone karsts, this quaint village exudes a tranquil and mellow vibe.


Nam Ou River Adventure with Ethnic Villages

08:00 - 15:00

From Nong Khiaw, board a traditional wooden boat and sit back to enjoy the journey along the Nam Ou River. Take in the scenery of wild jagged mountain peaks and rustic villages. Pass by local fishermen on boats, giggling children swimming in the murky water and women washing clothes on the riverbank. You will stop at riverside villages to visit various ethnic tribes and to get an insight into daily life in such a remote part of Laos. In a weaving village, watch the skilled artisans using simple, traditional looms to create beautiful, handmade silk and cotton textiles.

On arrival in Muang Ngoi you can relax over a lunch of traditional Laotian food. Many bombs were dropped on this area during the Indochina War, and the locals have repurposed the bomb casings as flower pots, fence poles and water troughs – all of which can be seen around the village.

A short but scenic hike through the rice fields will lead you to a historic cave used as a bomb shelter during the war. Your guide will explain more about these dark times and the history of the cave.

The boat will then gently cruise back down the river to Nong Khiaw, enjoying a beautiful sunset along the way.




  • A full-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide.
  • Transportation by tuk-tuk and long-tail boat with professional driver/ captain.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges


  • Lao visa fees on arrival
  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • 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 only.
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Nong Khiaw and accommodation within the vicinity of Nong Khiaw along the Mekong. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as the Ou River, Luang Prabang, and Muang Ngoi are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • Customers are reminded to submit their passport number and expiration date with their reservation. These are essential requirements as outlined by local immigration regulations
  • 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 local restaurant.
  • We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Part of this excursion includes walking over unpaved roads and paths. This may not suit guests with walking issues. Bear in mind that such paths may turn slippery / muddy after a rain shower. We suggest wearing good walking shoes, preferred closed shoes.
  • We will always make the effort 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.
  • Due to the absence of ATM machines and credit cards payment portals, particularly on islands and inside nature reserves, we highly recommend to bring sufficient cash with you.
  • 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 sun’s rays are still very powerful.
  • 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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