Over the years, visitors have not paid much attention to Nong Khiaw Laos tourism, but this place has become more popular now if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of major hubs like Vientiane and Luang Prabang.
Nong Khiaw is a village in Luang Prabang province, northern Laos. It is located on the Nam Ou River with narrow footpaths winding through the jungle and climbing steep limestone cliffs for sweeping views. This is a great spot to visit if you enjoy hiking or if you just want to explore the rural regions of Laos.
Explore Pha Tok caves
One of the tourist attractions of Nong Khiaw Laos is Pha Tok cave. The place can be found about 2 kilometers outside of town and the cave is part of the stunning limestone rocks that Nong Khiaw province is famous for.
These caves are also very important historically as it is believed to be the refuge of Pathet Laos during the Second Indochina War. Going to the caves on your own is an experience as you will have to walk through emerald green rice fields as well as through dense forests. To get to the mouths of the caves, remember that you will need to climb a steep staircase.
Have breakfast at a local bakery
A former French colony, Laos is known for its delicious breads, including delicious baguettes that you can find all over the country. The same is true in Nong Khiaw, where there are several bakery and pastry shops that make for a delicious local breakfast.
One of the best places in Nong Khiaw town is CT Bakery which is also located by the river so you can dine while looking at the beautiful scenery.
Another option if you’re looking for a hearty breakfast to prepare for a long hike, is that Delilah’s offers bread and cereals and is famously not using any additives in dough.
Visiting Pha Kuang cave
Pha Kuang Cave is located about 3 km from the center of Nong Khiaw village and is one of the most interesting caves in the area as the inner compartment stretches about 300 meters.
One thing to note is that the entrance to the cave is quite narrow, as are some sections of the inner route, so be prepared to go through some of the holes in the cave for the full experience. However, it is worth exploring, as the inside of the chamber is covered with stalactites and stalagmites as well as shimmering stone crystals.
Travel to local villages
One of the great joys of Nong Khiaw Lao tourism is that you can spend time in the town, or explore the surrounding countryside.
One of the best things to do here is rent a bike or sign up for a tour that will take you to some of the local villages on the outskirts of town, inhabited by local minorities. Hmong and Khmu.
Here, you can see the ways of living and working of locals and many villages selling traditional handicrafts or hosting experiences like cooking classes.
Climb to the top of Phadeng
One of the reasons why people are so passionate about the Nong Khiaw travel experience is because of the opportunity to climb to the top of Phadeng. Remember that it takes about an hour and a half to walk to the top of this mountain and the route can be quite steep.
Once you reach the top, however, you can enjoy the stunning views of the countryside around Nong Khiaw and you can even watch the sunrise on the top of the mountain if you come here early.
Another highlight of the trip to the top is that walking downwards you will follow a different path that can see sections of the Nam Ou River with secluded rivers.