Mekong Boating

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Mekong Boating, photo by Oliver Spalt
Mekong Boating (photo by Oliver Spalt)
 

The Mekong River is the longest in Southeast Asia, and is an important transportation link throughout. Its specific character varies considerably along the way, as does the primary modes of local river transportation.

Among the most scenic stretches is between Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw, a rustic little town on the bank of the Ou River in Laos.  This river eventually merges with the Mekong before reaching Luang Prabang.

This stretch passes through fantastic limestone mountains (similar to Vang Vieng).

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Overall Atmosphere: Combination
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
Featuring both cultural and natural attractions.
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Sengdao Guesthouse

Surrounded by greenery, Sengdao Guesthouse is a 2-minute walk to Nam Ou River. It offers free private parking on site and a restaurant. Guests can take a leisurely stroll in the garden. Laundry services are available. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$15

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Phaxang Resort

Facing the Pha Xang Mountain, Phaxang Resort is located in Ban Hatxao. Cosy bungalow-style rooms are surrounded by nature and offer free WiFi access. Featuring cable TV, rooms come with both an air-conditioning unit and a fan. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$60

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Pha Noi Guesthouse

Featuring views of Nam Ou River, Pha Noi Guesthouse offers comfortable rooms with private balconies. It houses a restaurant and has on-site parking facilities. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$16

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Mandala Ou Resort

Situated along the peaceful Ou River, Mandala Ou Resort welcomes guests with a beautiful outdoor infinity pool and free Wi-Fi access at all areas. Spacious guestrooms are fitted with a private balcony. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$67

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Amphai Guesthouse

Comfortable rooms with a private balcony are provided at Amphai Guesthouse, a 2-minute ride from Nam Ou River. It offers on-site parking and luggage storage facilities. Amphai Guesthouse is a 20-minute ride from Pha Tok River. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$14

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Sythane Guesthouse

Sythane Guesthouse

Sythane Guesthouse offers accommodation in Nongkhiaw. Some units include a seating area where you can relax. The rooms include a private bathroom fitted with a shower. Sythane Guesthouse features free WiFi . Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$10

$10-
Guesthouse Pho Sai River View

Guesthouse Pho Sai River View

Guesthouse Pho Sai River View offers accommodation in Nongkhiaw. Certain units include views of the mountain or river. Each room is equipped with a private bathroom. Guesthouse Pho Sai River View features free WiFi . Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$13

$13-
Amphai Guesthouse

Amphai Guesthouse

Comfortable rooms with a private balcony are provided at Amphai Guesthouse, a 2-minute ride from Nam Ou River. It offers on-site parking and luggage storage facilities. Amphai Guesthouse is a 20-minute ride from Pha Tok River. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$14

$14-
Sengdao Guesthouse

Sengdao Guesthouse

Surrounded by greenery, Sengdao Guesthouse is a 2-minute walk to Nam Ou River. It offers free private parking on site and a restaurant. Guests can take a leisurely stroll in the garden. Laundry services are available. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$15

$15-
Meexai Guesthouse

Meexai Guesthouse

Meexai Guesthouse is located in Luang Prabang. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with a balcony and a seating area. There is also a dining table. Featuring a shower, private bathroom also comes with free toiletries. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$15

$15-
JoyRestaurant & SunRise Bungalow

JoyRestaurant & SunRise Bungalow

Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, JoyRestaurant & SunRise Bungalow offers accommodation in Nongkhiaw. Free private parking is available on site. Some units feature a seating area to relax in after a busy day. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$15

$15-
Nongkhiaw View Guesthouse

Nongkhiaw View Guesthouse

Nongkhiaw View Guesthouse offers accommodation in Nongkhiaw. Nongkhiaw View Guesthouse features free WiFi . The nearest airport is Luang Prabang International Airport, 89 km from the property. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$15

$15-
Pha Noi Guesthouse

Pha Noi Guesthouse

Featuring views of Nam Ou River, Pha Noi Guesthouse offers comfortable rooms with private balconies. It houses a restaurant and has on-site parking facilities. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$16

$16-
Vongmany Guesthouse

Vongmany Guesthouse

Vongmany Guesthouse is located 3 km from Pha Tok Cave. It offers clean and comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi in public areas. The property features a tour desk, shuttle service and laundry. Free public parking is possible on site. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$16

$16-
Phulisak Guesthouse

Phulisak Guesthouse

Phulisak Guesthouse offers accommodation in Nongkhiaw. Every room is equipped with a TV. You will find a kettle in the room. Phulisak Guesthouse features free WiFi . Luang Prabang International Airport is 88 km away. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$19

$19-
Nam Houn Riverside Guesthouse

Nam Houn Riverside Guesthouse

Featuring free WiFi, Nam Houn Riverside Guesthouse offers accommodation in Nongkhiaw. Free private parking is available on site. The nearest airport is Luang Prabang International Airport, 88 km from Nam Houn Riverside Guesthouse. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$20

$20-
Nam Ou River Lodge

Nam Ou River Lodge

Nam Ou River Lodge offers comfortable rooms with river views and the convenience of a 24-hour front desk. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the residence. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$20

$20-
Phaxang Resort

Phaxang Resort

Facing the Pha Xang Mountain, Phaxang Resort is located in Ban Hatxao. Cosy bungalow-style rooms are surrounded by nature and offer free WiFi access. Featuring cable TV, rooms come with both an air-conditioning unit and a fan. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$60

$60-
Mandala Ou Resort

Mandala Ou Resort

Situated along the peaceful Ou River, Mandala Ou Resort welcomes guests with a beautiful outdoor infinity pool and free Wi-Fi access at all areas. Spacious guestrooms are fitted with a private balcony. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$67

$67-

Highlighted Interests:

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Boat Tours
Boats ply the Mekong to many locations and either upstream or downstream. These range from small boats for hire to regularly scheduled mid-sized boats to more luxurious mid-sized tourist boats. Arrangements to go between Nong Khiaw and Luang Prabang can be arranged locally in either city.
Natural
Scenic Waterways
The stretch of the Mekong and Ou rivers between Nong Khiaw and Luang Prabang are among the most scenic in Asia. The rivers are especially defined by dramatic limestone karst formations.
Caves
The best caves are located around Nong Khiaw.

Pak Ou Caves. Located about 2km outside of Nong Khiaw, this cave set high in a limestone cliff that sheltered villagers and Pathet Lao fighters during the Second Indochina war. The caves are accessed via steep concrete steps, and inside a few signs identify points where command posts were stationed.

The "Buddha caves" are north of Nong Khiaw on the Mekong and can be reached by road (approx 1 hr) or river boat (around 1.5 hr). Alternatively, visitors can hire canoes and a guide for the day, which allows visitors to take in the scenery and visit the caves without throngs of other tourists.
Other Interests:
Natural
Lowland Mountains

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