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Explore Around Nong Khiaw

This excursion will take you into the countryside surrounding Nong Khiaw and enable you to meet with local Khamu villagers.

Beginning with a leisurely boat ride up the Nam Ou to Muang Ngoi (approximately one hour), a remote and extremely beautiful mountainous area north of Nong Khiaw, you then take a light trek through the fields and forest.

You visit a cave used by villagers to shelter during the American bombing of the 60s and 70s. This is just a short trek and going is fairly easy to moderate in the dry season.

You then visit a local Khamu minority village. The Khamu are traditionally upland rice farmers, specializing in dry cultivation. They are also famed for their excellent bamboo and rattan weaving skills and are extremely adept at utilizing the forest for subsistence by hunting and gathering for wild food and medicine. If it is possible on the day you will be given the opportunity of learning some of these skills from one of the villagers.

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Other experiences in Nong Khiaw

These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities that will introduce you to the local ways of life.

  • 100 waterfalls trek from Nong Khiaw
    Ou river scenery

    100 waterfalls trek from Nong Khiaw

    100 waterfalls trek from Nong Khiaw

    Walking through small streams and rice paddies you arrive at the bottom of the 100 waterfalls which were only first explored by non-locals in late 2008. The next few hours you will encounter only water and jungle and hear the sound of the waterfall cascades as you physically work your way up through the various levels which stretch upwards for around 1.2 miles (2 km).

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You can enjoy this activity as part of the suggested tour below, or we can weave it into a trip shaped entirely around you.