Escape the city centre and enjoy a 3D2N private trip to Nongkhiaw, Nam Ou RIver and ethnic villages.
Nongkhiaw is a charming little town tucked by the bank of Nam Ou River, with imposing limestone crags on both sides. The scenery here is picturesque and intense, while its people are laid-back and friendly. It is truly Nature's magnificent haven, and visited for its adventure-based activities. At night, this rustic town is free from light pollution - look up and you can see a million stars shimmering on the Milky Way.
In this experience, you will be picked up by minivan from Luang Prabang. On the way, there is time to visit a Taileu cotton weaving village and learn the ancient craft from the local weavers. Once in Nongkhiaw, you will stay by the riverside. You can explore the beautiful Khmu and Lao villages along the Nam Ou RIver, framed by views of the limestone karst mountains.
Depart from Luang Prabang
You will be picked up from your guesthouse or hotel, by private minivan.
Visit a Tai Leu Cotton Weaving Village
After a scenic drive, visit a Tai Leu cotton weaving village. Your local guide will let you 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 in Luang Prabang. Lunch is local style, at home with the weavers. Optional Natural Dyes Workshop available.
The drive to Nongkhiaw is an additional half hour. Depending on the time spent at the village you will arrive approximately 2-3pm. Evening free to enjoy one of the local restaurants. Overnight in Nongkhiaw. Optional Community Trek to the Viewpoint (allow a minimum of 2 hours with good fitness, longer not a good walker as the climb is steep) to see an amazing view over the town, or take an inner tube and float down the river, or just relax riverside and enjoy the view.
River and Village Adventure
Have breakfast at Guesthouse and meet your 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 they 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 a trekking adventre, which takes you to a beautiful waterfall. You can swim and have a picnic lunch here. It will take an hour to reach the waterfall and another to get back. This day can be modified to suit different levels of fitness and preferences. Kayaking is an option as well. Return to Nongkhiaw during the late afternoon. You have the evening free to enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants. Overnight in Nongkhiaw.
Depart to Luang Prabang & Good Bye
Breakfast at Guesthouse. Depart 10.30am or later for your return trip by private minivan to Luang Prabang. If you wish to visit Pak Ou Caves, it will take 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 40,000 kip (US$5), your own expense. Arrive back at your Luang Prabang hotel or guesthouse in the late afternoon.
You will be picked up by minivan from your accommodation.