5 Best Things to do in Muang Ngoi

Muang Ngoi, a gorgeous and sleepy village on the banks of the Nam Ou River, is one of the friendliest places in all of Laos. Visiting this rural village, you will step back in time to a world without cars, motorbikes, and telephones and enjoy the slow pace of the local life. For those who are interested in adventurous excursion, this is an ideal place for trekking. If you plan to explore Muang Ngoi, five things to do there must be in your list.

1. Exploring Tham Kang Cave and Tham Pha Kaew Cave

Located in the East of the town, Tham Kang Cave and Tham Pha Kaew Cave played an significant role as mighty bomb shelters during the Vietnam War. In fact, it is less than an hour’s walk to the caves and you care able to find them quickly without a guide or any difficulties.

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In case of intending to venture into the caves, you should carefully prepare a reliable strong lighting (the caves extend deep into the rock), warm clothes, and good shoes (it is very slippery); then use them flexibly. Besides, do not forget the entrance fee of each cave is 10,000 Kip!

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2. Exploring Tat Mok Waterfall

Your trek in Muang Ngoi cannot be completed without exploring the 130 foot waterfalls of  Tat Mok. After a refreshing swim at the falls, you can enjoy a delicious homemade Lao lunch here. This destination should be included in a one day kayak experience along the Nam Ou River from Nong Khiaw to Muang Ngoi. You will have chance to see beautiful landscapes on the river banks, relax and take photos of what will remain as a happy memory for a long time.

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3. Visiting surrounding villages

If you are interested in Lao culture, you should have a trek to tiny villages in Muang Ngoi which are Bana, Huay Bo, and Huay Sen. Muang Ngoi has only one main street with small shops and restaurants and there is a lot of street life, kid playing, people cooking. You may see chickens and ducks walk freely in the streets. All will make you feel relaxed and peaceful.

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4. Experiencing the rural life

How awesome it would be when you can soak up the rural Lao way of living and deeply relax the feeling of releasing bad stress. In addition, you are also capable of staying in a tiny local house of a rural village (Ba Na or Huay Bo) and interact with the friendly people here. Specifically, nothing can replace the moment of learning how to hunt in a jungle with ancient rifles, fishing in the stream, cooking and eating what you catch afterwards. Also, it is suggested to see how micro hydroelectric plants work to produce electricity for some of the houses.

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5. Visiting Nam Ou River

It sounds quite common when Laos is said to be a landlocked country, or particulary Muang Ngoi actually has no surrounding beach. However, at the end of the dry season when the water is low, you and your travel buddies or family members are warmly welcomed to take a cool splash in the Nam Ou River together or sipping a cocktail on a bamboo stretcher while enjoying the magnificent view of mountains is highly recommended.

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In a nutshell, Muang Ngoi offers you various activities that you can join in when traveling to this village. Life here is relaxed, easy-going, and very Lao, which helps you refresh after hard-working days.


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