Nam Ou River

The spectacularly scenic Nam Ou, flanked by jagged karst and rustic riverside villages, can be explored by local river boats.

Nong Khiaw

Surrounded by stunning limestone peaks and straddling the Nam Ou, idyllic Nong Khiaw is the perfect place to lose a few days.

Phongsali

This remote town has a quiet charm and is the perfect base for exploring the vast tropical forests and diverse traditional cultures of the region.

Hill-tribe trekking

Trekking in northern Laos offers the fascinating opportunity to experience life in a local village. For more information, see The Town, Trekking and boat trips & The Akha Road (Route 322)

Nam Ha NBCA

Hike, kayak or raft, but don’t miss this stunning national park near the trekking centre of Luang Namtha.

Slow boats on the Mekong

Enjoy the leisurely journey along the Mekong through the vast mountain wilderness of northern Laos.

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