This trip is an excellent way to see what the Nam Ou River has to offer. Several hours of nothing but water and wildlife with stops at scenic spots to take in the surroundings, relax and take photos of what will remain a happy memory for a long time to come.
Nong Khiaw – Muang Ngoi – Nong Khiaw.
On this river trip it is easy to experience and enjoy the steep and change able scenery along the river. We depart from our office and take a boat cruise up the river. After an hour we get off the boat at Muang Ngoi where we jump into the kayaks. Our guide will give you basic paddle instruction and a kayaking safety talk for about 20 minutes. Now the fun starts! We paddle downstream and enjoy the feel of the wet element and the smells of nature. We are likely to encounter quite a few birds; once in a while we will stop on sand banks to stretch our legs and enjoy our lunch. Along the way you will experience more local people who are fishing on the river banks and the scenery around gets more dramatic with white limestone cliffs bordering the river, in the late afternoon we will arrive at Nong Khiaw.
Approximately: 4 hours kayaking
This day trip is an easy one, consisting of a scenic boat trip with a visit to a waterfall for relaxing and swimming before a leisurely cruise back to town.
Nong Khiaw – Sopkong – Muang Ngoi – Nong Khiaw.
We depart from our office in Nong Khiaw on foot and take a short walk to the boat pier to take a boat cruise upstream through fantastic landscape with remote villages and get a glimpse of rural life along the river. We will pass by the village school, if the kids are in, we’ll have a look at a class. After that we head for Sopkong Waterfall. This is an hour’s trek from the river through mountains and rice fields, which is quite a beautiful walk, to the bottom of the waterfall, where our Laos style picnic lunch will be set. After lunch enjoy a swim in the pool before we head up to Ban Muang Ngoi, If there’s still time, we can have a cup of coffee at a riverside restaurant. Finally we return back to Nong Khiaw.
Approximately: 4 hours boat cruise
Note: You can turn back by kayak or by boat