Nong Khiaw is a small town (or village) located on the Nam Ou, a tributary river of the Mekong, 4 hours north of Luang Prabang. We first heard about it while speaking with a French girl during our day hike in Cat Ba National Park.
The place was very quiet and we particularly liked it even if there was not much to do in the area. It gave us some time to relax and enjoy the scenery from the terrace of our guesthouse.
On the first day, we climbed up to the Pha Daeng viewpoint, which provides an amazing 360° view over the Nam Ou.
We also took a day tour to a place called “the 100 Waterfalls”, which starts from a village only accessible by boat. The waterfalls themselves were not really impressive at that time of the year, but it gave us the opportunity to discover local culture.
After a few days in Nong Khiaw, we moved north to Muang Ngoi, another only-accessible-by-boat village, with even less stuff to do! 🙂