Exploring northern Laos
and the Muang La Resort
This exceptional resort is in the heart of northern Laos where roads from Vietnam and China lead through unspoiled countryside. The MUANG LA RESORT is situated on the edge of a small traditional village with just about 100 inhabitants. Surrounded by dense forests and on the banks of a beautiful river and yet isolated from mass tourism. Muang La Resort is the ideal base to explore the many treasures and adventures of the region including the rich diversity of ethnic groups living between rice-fields and high rising mountains.
With only 5 wooden villas and 10 bedrooms, built in traditional architecture, the notion of a retreat assumes its full meaning. An ambiance of peace and tranquility exudes from the Muang La Resort, an ambiance that only a small, traditional structure like this can offer.
Refined decoration and comfort are everywhere; the scents from the lush, tropical gardens accompany your every step and secluded corners guarantee rest and relaxation.
Highlights of this Muang La Tour
- Relax and indulge in the Muang La Resort with panoramic setting of mountainous jungle
- Choose from biking, trekking, natural hot springs, sundeck, local culture excursions
- Enjoy a long-tail boat ride from Muang La, past Muang Ngoi to Nong Khiau
- Visit Patok cave, where locals took shelter from bomb raids during the Indochina War
- Hike to a mountain vista with spectacular 20km views
- Ride along the Nam Ou River to the UNESCO World Heritage city, Luang Prabang
Muang La Tour Itinerary
Day 01 From the Chinese Border, Houay Xay
or Luang Prabang to Muang La Resort (B/L)
After breakfast you’ll take a private minivan through the countryside of northern Laos to Muang La in Oudomxai province. The mountains surrounding Oudomxai, near the Chinese border, are home to various ethnic groups including Akha, Iko, Hmong, Khmu and more. Despite modernization many of these hill tribes still live traditionally and follow local and ethnic customs. You’ll spend the night at the Muang La Resort.
Day 02 Excursions around Muang La Resort (B)
You’ll choose from a variety of activities including bathing natural hot spring spas, sundeck lounging, taking local excursions, dining, trekking, exploring caves, experiencing a Baci ceremony and more, in addition to exploring the surrounding area of Muang La with your English-speaking guide on a bike tour and visiting local villages to enjoy the mountain scenery.
Day 03 Muang La Resort – Muang Khua – Nam Ou River – Nong Khiaw (B/L)
This journey is a highlight of Laos, a combination of drive and traditional boat ride (4-5 hours) through spectacular countryside. On the cruise down the Nam Ou River you’ll visit a remote jungle village, Sop Jeam, known for the production of some of the finest weaving in the country. Our destination, Muang Ngoi, is unforgettable for its scenery. In the early evening we’ll arrive in Nong Khiaw to spend the night in a riverside lodge.
Day 04 Nong Khiaw – Mountain View Trek – Luang Prabang (B/L)
We’ll start the day with a half-day hiking trip to the top of the second-highest point in sight, a spot offering the most scenic view of the Ou River valley. Before departing Nong Khiaw, visit the large Patok Cave where locals took refuge from bombing raids during the Indochina War. On the final leg of this tour we will take a private minivan to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Luang Prabang, 3.5 hours.
This is a Muang La region sample tour,
feel free to contact us for personalized trips
into the remote northern Lao countryside.