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Mountain Bikes
Kayak Tours
Trekking
Boat Trips
Rock climbing

 

For Google Earth:
20 34' 17.41" N
102 37' 05.52" E
Elevation: 365m

Welcome to Our Eco-Lodge!

"The Most Scenic Spot in Northern Laos"

Nong Kiau is a small rustic town by the bridge where the Route 1 to Sam Neua and Vietnam crosses the Ou River. This little settlement is blessed with probably the some of the most attractive natural settings in Northern Laos. Vertical limestone mountains with a river that runs through it takes the breath away. Nong Kiau Riverside stretches over 300 meters along the river only surrounded by forest and mountains. There are hardly any other sounds than the songs of hundreds of birds and cicadas.

"Please beware that we do not offer all our rooms to the online booking services. Please contact us directly for the most updated information on availability and the best deals"

 

 

 
 
 
 
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Mountain Bikes
Kayak Tours
Trekking
Boat Trips
Rock climbing

 

 

 

 

For Google Earth:
20 34' 17.41" N
102 37' 05.52" E
Elevation: 365m

Our Rooms

All our 15 bungalows feature a spacious 40 square meters private room with big private balcony and large bathroom. The balconies faces the river with stunning view of the river and mountains. Due to limited electricity supply we have not provided aircondition until now, but as it's almost never hot in the night time you are more likely to value our very hot showers and bed heaters in the cold season. All rooms have fridge, safety box, electric kettles, free tea and coffee and beds are covered with mosquitonets.

We hope to provide you with a good nights quality sleep, good food in a beautiful relaxing environment as close to nature as possible. We enjoy the greatness of the majestic mountains surrounding us, the sound of cicadas and the dim moon light and the stars. This is our idea of the rural Laos that we love, and this is the understanding we want to share with you. We are not a luxury hotel, but merely a lodge for nature lovers. As we are in a remote area there's a risk of power cuts and technical failures, which cannot always be solved immediately. This is a fact of rural life that travelers needs to know and see as a part of the cultural experience.

 

 
 
 
 
 
- { your bamboo hut hidden in mist of the mountainous north } -
 





Mountain Bikes
Kayak Tours
Trekking
Boat Trips
Rock climbing

 

 

 

 

For Google Earth:
20 34' 17.41" N
102 37' 05.52" E
Elevation: 365m

Trekking, Kayaking, Cycling and Rock Climbing

We have good quality Trek and Gary Fisher mountain bikes for rent. There are excellent cycling options around Nong Kiau.

We also arrange kayaking, rock climbing, trekking and cycling. Please contact us for more details.

 

 
 
 
 
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Mountain Bikes
Kayak Tours
Trekking
Boat Trips
Rock climbing

For Google Earth:
20 34' 17.41" N
102 37' 05.52" E
Elevation: 365m

Cooking Classes

As per request we set up Lao cooking classes. We cook based solely on local raw materials, including herbs you collect together with us in the nature just outside our door. You will taste genuine local food that no restaurant serves. Please mail us ofr more details.

 
- { your bamboo hut hidden in mist of the mountainous north } -
 





Mountain Bikes
Kayak Tours
Trekking
Boat Trips
Rock climbing

 

 

 

 

For Google Earth:
20 34' 17.41" N
102 37' 05.52" E
Elevation: 365m

Getting here

There are two ways to travel between Nong Kiau and Luang Prabang. The one is by road, the other by river. Buses leave from Luang Prabang Northern Bus Station in the morning around 8.30 and then again around 10.00 and 12.00. Schedules tend to fluctuate, so please check before travelling.

The river trip is by far the most interesting. It is more expensive, but it's worth every kip it costs. Tickets are sold in Luang Prabang by various travel agents, and boats can be chartered exclusively at the boat pier in Luang Prabang. Boats leave from the boat pier in the morning. Boats from Nong Kiau to Luang Prabang leaves in the morning as well. Boat departures depends on the number of passengers and in the low season they sometimes have difficulty filling up, which means that you will have to charter or partly charter the boats if you wish to go.

There are bus connections to and from Udom Xai, Muang Vieng Kham and Sam Neua. Boats connect Nong Kiau with Muang Ngoy and Muang Khua through a part of the river that runs through some of the most amazing gorges in the country. To Muang Khua a boat will have to be chartered in most cases as there is little traffic on this part of the river. If budget allows it, one of the greatest river experiences in South East Asia lies ahead of you.

From Udom Xai there are connecting buses to Luang Nam Tha and Muang Sing. From Muang Khua public boats departs daily to Had Sa and Phongsali.

To and from Vietnam

A new and very interesting option of travelling to and from this part of Laos is the newly opened Tay Trang border allowing travel between Dien Bien Phu and Muang Khua. A few adventurous travellers find their way regularly, but this route deserves the attention of a much broader audience. Dien Bien Phu is a historical highlight of Vietnam, but nevertheless not visited by very many. This mountainous part of Vietnam is as remote and untouched as it's counterpart in Laos across the Annamite Mountains.

The border post is a small highland outpost a short ride from Dien Bien Phu. On the Lao side it's a 76 k's descend into one of the most beautiful valleys hidden anywhere in the north. The bus ride goes through unseen Thai Dam villages and amazing mountain landscapes. The road is unpaved and access is occationally interrupted during the height of the rainy season. During the second half of July, all of August and first half of September, bus services can be irregular.

Otherwise the bus leaves Dien Bien Phu 5.30 AM and arrives early enough to catch a boat to Nong Kiau. A river journey on the top of an adventurous bus journey ensures that this day has been packed amazing impressions.

 

Map of Nong Kiau

Minibus Service

We have this comfortable new Hyundai minibus at your service. You can hire it at quite reasonable rates. Drop us a mail for more information.

 

 

 
 
 
 
- { your bamboo hut hidden in mist of the mountainous north } -
 





Mountain Bikes
Kayak Tours
Trekking
Boat Trips
Rock climbing

 

 

 

 

For Google Earth:
20 34' 17.41" N
102 37' 05.52" E
Elevation: 365m

Map of Laos

 

 
 
 
 
- { your bamboo hut hidden in mist of the mountainous north } -
 





Mountain Bikes
Kayak Tours
Trekking
Boat Trips
Rock climbing

 

 

 

 

For Google Earth:
20 34' 17.41" N
102 37' 05.52" E
Elevation: 365m

About Us

Nong Kiau Riverside is jointly owned and run by Nit and Eskil. The project started in 2004 when we by chance came to Nong Kiau and discovered this little paradise being overlooked by most people. We believed that some quality bungalows providing discreet comfort would give visitors a good base for exploring the area and enjoying the nature without disrespect of the natural environment and local village life. So we went ahead.

Two years later we had rough skin in our palms, but hardly anymore funds in the bank. It had taken more than we had expected, but we were ready to open with six bungalows completed. We are now fully operating with 15 bungalows.

 

 
 
 
 
- { your bamboo hut hidden in mist of the mountainous north } -
 





Mountain Bikes
Kayak Tours
Trekking
Boat Trips
Rock climbing

 

 

 

 

For Google Earth:
20 34' 17.41" N
102 37' 05.52" E
Elevation: 365m

Darling Deluxe

... forgot to tell you that we of course order our mattresses from the same factory as The Oriental, Novotel, Shangri-La Hotel and Sheraton in Bangkok. Darling Deluxe Mattresses will makes you sleep like an angel :) Could it be any sweeter? :)

 

 
 
 
 
- { your bamboo hut hidden in mist of the mountainous north } -
 





Mountain Bikes
Kayak Tours
Trekking
Boat Trips
Rock climbing

 

 

 

 

For Google Earth:
20 34' 17.41" N
102 37' 05.52" E
Elevation: 365m

Contact Us

Lao Telecom has managed to change our phone numbers twice last year. Our latest numbers are stated below (Subject to change).

If you wish to book a room or otherwise contact us, please mail us at:

Nong Kiau Riverside
Ban Sop Houn
Muang Ngoy
Luang Prabang Province, Lao PDR
Tel.: +856 (20) 55 70 50 00, +856 (71) 81 00 04
info@nongkiau.com - www.nongkiau.com

Please beware that phone lines can be unstable in the countryside and if the phone is not answered, then it's a sign that it is not ringing at all. Mail is the safest way to contact us. Our mail address is not subject to change.

 

 
 
 
 
- { your bamboo hut hidden in mist of the mountainous north } -
 





Mountain Bikes
Kayak Tours
Trekking
Boat Trips
Rock climbing

 

 

 

 

For Google Earth:
20 34' 17.41" N
102 37' 05.52" E
Elevation: 365m

Trip and Travel Advice

Money: Please beware that the economy in the countryside of Laos is based on Lao Kip in cash only. Plastic cards, travellers cheques and foreign currency is not likely to help you to your next bowl of noodle soup. There are no banks to assist you. Weekly travellers are forced back to Luang Prabang or occationally out of the country for the simple reason that they ran out of cash. Occationally people have been unable to use their otherwise valid credit- or debit cards in Luang Prabang as well, due to lack of connectivity between issuing bank and the Lao bank or other unidentified reasons, so never rely on just a plastic card for your travels in Laos. If you travel through Thailand before arriving to Laos, then it's worth considering grabbing a stack of cash from an ATM before crossing the border. This is not advisable for travellers coming from Vietnam or China as the currencies of these countries is not as widely accepted as the US Dollar or Thai Baht.

To and from Sam Neua: Public transportation towards the east is scarce. The only direct bus to Sam Neua passes Nong Kiau in the evening and arrives in Sam Neua the next morning. It is also possible to travel small town by small town. This involves a lot of waiting for whatever vehicle passes, it takes a couple of days and it is only for the adventurous who is prepared to put efforts into seeing the real countryside.

If neither a night bus or an adventure into the remote countryside appeals to you, then you might consider reversing your itinerary. You can go to Sam Neua first via The Plain of Jars and then catch a day bus to here. The day bus is a long journey as well, but you see the scenery, which is breathtakingly beautiful. The bus passes Nong Kiau in the evening.

To and from Vietnam: Nong Kiau is becoming a gateway to Vietnam. You can go either via Muang Khua to Dien Bien Phu, or via Sam Neua to Mai Chau and Hanoi. The former involves a nice boat ride to Muang Khua from here. There are only three buses a week from Muang Khua to Dien Bien Phu leaving every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The scenery from the bus it very interesting as it sneaks through the mountians on an unpavewd road. Beware that the road sometimes becomes impassable in the rainy season.

 

 
 
 
 
- { your bamboo hut hidden in mist of the mountainous north } -
 





Mountain Bikes
Kayak Tours
Trekking
Boat Trips
Rock climbing

 

 

 

 

For Google Earth:
20 34' 17.41" N
102 37' 05.52" E
Elevation: 365m

Things to do Around Here

  • Take a walk along the Nam Ou up to Ban Had Sao and following villages. This is a very interesting 1-2 hours walk between each village, easy in some places, a bit difficult in others. As the way back is the same as the way out, you can turn around whenever you feel like. Each village will have a number of boats that you can hireto take you back.
  • Rent a bicycle and ride east. The landscape is stunning and a number of K'hmu and Hmong villages can be found along the road. Bring lunch and drinking water as little can be bought along the road.
  • Visit the famous Pha Toke Cave 2 km east of town. This is where the Pathet Lao forces had their provincial headquarter during the war in the sixties and early seventies. Two km west of town you will find another strategic cave which functioned as a weapon storage until it took a hit by an American plane.
  • Watch the sunset from the bridge or various restaurants along the river.
  • Play a game of petanque with the local patriots across from the post office.
  • Hire a small fishing boat for an extraordinary view of the sunset.
  • Go fishing. Ask your guesthouse to help you with a fishing pole.
  • Tube rafting. Places organizing tubes and boats upstream advertise with signboards.
  • Take a late afternoon swim in the river.
  • Visit the local temples and have a chat with the monks.
  • Give an English class at the local school or to anyone around you.
  • Watch a movie at the local cinema.
  • Do a trek with a local guide. There are a few good ones that you can't do on your own. Look around for advertisement signboards.
  • Stay another day just to chill out and read a good book. The surroundings couldn't be better.

 

 


  We accept ... sometimes, depending on phone lines, weather etc. Never rely solely on plastic in the countryside. Cash advancement available.
 
 
 
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