It is a 3 hour journey from Luang Prabang to Nongkhiaw. If you are planning to stay sometime in Luang Prabang, save two nights for Nongkhiaw and you will thank us. Here is our most popular package that combine private or public transport. If you are more active and would like trekking, cycling and other options ask for a quote.
NONGKHIAW – BEST OF NAM OU RIVER AND VILLAGES 3 days / 2 nights
9.00am depart Luang Prabang, pick up from guesthouse or hotel in Luang Prabang. Arrive Nongkhiaw around lunchtime.
Afternoon free time to visit Patok Cave, this site was significant during the war as a safe haven for the local people. The cave is a 10 minute drive, 20 minute bike ride or a 40 minute walk.
You can take the Community Trek to the top of the mountain for the amazing view over the town, or take an inner tube and float down the river, or just relax riverside and enjoy the view. Evening free to enjoy one of the local restaurants. Overnight in Nongkhiaw.
DAY 2 (B,L)
Breakfast at Guesthouse. Met by local guide.
Take a small river boat to Ban Sop Jam, approx 1.5 hours upstream on the Nam Ou River. This is a beautiful remote Khmu and Lao village where they weave cotton and silk and are very friendly. The scenery along this river is very special with limestone karst mountains and small villages along the way. Stop at another village, for local tour and trekking. The trek is to a beautiful waterfall where you can swim. Trekking time is 1 hour to waterfall and 1 hour back. Picnic lunch is included.
Return to NongKhiaw late afternoon.
Evening free to enjoy one of the local restaurants. Overnight in Nongkhiaw.
DAY 3 (B,L)
Breakfast at Guesthouse. Depart 9.00am.
The guide will meet you at the guest house and a private minivan will come from Luang Prabang to pick you up. Depart NongKhiaw to visit a Tai Lue cotton weaving village. Meet the weavers and local craftsmen. This is a beautiful village with traditional architecture. The guide will take you around the village and also the weavers will show you the indigo dyeing process and the cotton preparation. The weavers of this village are in working partnership with
Ma Té Sai, a social enterprise, and fair trade store in Luang Prabang. Lunch is local style, at home with the weavers. Optional Natural Dyes Workshop available (additional $25/ person)
After lunch you will return to Luang Prabang.
If you wish to visit Pak Ou Caves on the return, approx. 2.5 hours from the village, the driver will head down a small road to the Mekong, and at Pak Ou Village you can take a boat across the Mekong to the Caves. Boat and cave entrance is 40,000kip (US$5), your own expense. Arrive back at your Luang Prabang hotel or guesthouse late afternoon.
OPTION 1: Includes private minivan both ways, boutique accommodation, English speaking guides for tours, private tour Day 2 & 3, and meals as indicated. $265 per person based on 2 people twin share accommodation.
OPTION 2: Includes public minivan one way, private minivan one way, basic guesthouse accommodation, English-speaking guides for tours, private tour Day 2 & 3, and meals as indicated. $245 per person based on 2 people twin share accommodation.
Travelling in a group or family, or wish to customize your trip, please have us prepare a quote.