3 Days Luang Prabang Hiking and Homestay Tour to Nong Khiaw

Nong Khiaw and the nearby Muang Ngoi village are two small riverside communities famous for their undeveloped and stunning mountainous scenery on the Nam Ou River. On this tour, you’ll hike for two days through jungle and mountains to homestay at traditional Hmong, Lao Leum, and Khmu villages. A must-do while in the area, on days 2 and 3 we’ll explore the river and its local village life by boat as we cruise up and down to a homestay in a beautiful village on its banks, hike to local caves, and refresh in nearby waterfalls on this perfect Nong Khiaw trek and river explorer.

Day 01: Naaluang Trek – Multi-ethnic hike (L, D)

Explore nature, Lao cultures, villages, mountain trails & waterfall in Nong Khiaw, Laos.

After a short ride, we start walking small paths past rice paddies and through the preserved forest with huge trees and great views and sneaking between high-rising mountains. Colorful rice fields (seasonal) and gardens guide our way through this amazing scenery. We enjoy lunch in the jungle setting and make stops along the way.

Trekking is 5-6 hours medium to difficult depending on conditions. The first day of this tour will lead us to a perfectly preserved Lao-style village, still living traditionally. You will see traditional houses, farmland, and jungle-covered hills. Your guide will give you an introduction to the local traditions, the Lao lowland style of weaving, and other activities. A walk around the village can tell you many stories and shows you the difference between the ethnic groups.

We then prepare ourselves for an overnight stay in this remote village and enjoy the local “cuisine”. Take your time to explore the place by yourself in the evening.

Day 02: Jungle Trek to the river and cruise to a riverside village homestay (B, L, D)

After breakfast, depart on one of the most beautiful jungle trails in the area bound for the Nam Ou River. You’ll hike through bamboo forests as you make your way through this mountain pass extending to the river and talking about 4-5 hours of medium hiking.

Board a private boat to cruise 16 Km upriver to a pristine riverside Thai Lu village famous for its weaving. Here you will overnight be surrounded by scenery that is stunning and unforgettable.

Day 03: River Explorer, Caves, and Waterfalls (B, L)

Bid your new local friends farewell and it’s off downriver by longboat as we explore sites and communities on our return trip to Nong Khiaw. Our first stop is the famous Ban Muang Ngoi where we may explore the local agrarian community at our leisure including a short hike to a local cave, Tam Pha Noi.

From there we continue by boat to Ban Sop Khong village where we will hike to a waterfall (seasonal) for a splash. We’ll have lunch along the way and then return to Nong Khiaw on the river for another 40 minutes to conclude this three-day Nong Khiaw adventure.

Be sure to bring sturdy hiking shoes as the trails can be technical and slippery with rain.
* The waterfall is normally flowing from Sept. to Dec.

Day 1 is 8.5 km, medium-level trekking normally takes about 6 hours.
Day 2 is 7 km, medium-level hiking normally takes about 5 hours
Day 3 is light trekking to the waterfall and the cave.
Trail conditions and hiking times can increase if there is rain.