Nong Khiaw, Luang Prabang, Laos
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Nong Khiaw is a popular tourist destination because of the walking and cycling routes near the village and the mountain-climbing opportunities. The only good way to get there used to be by boat from Luang Prabang or Muang Khua, near the Vietnamese border. This is not the case anymore due to the construction of dams on the Nam Ou river since 2017. There is also a road from Pak Mong to Hat Sao. The village is well known in Laos because of the bridge, which was given by China, that connects the two parts of the town. The bridge gives you a great view of the Nam Ou river, and the breathtaking rocks, mountains and hills around it.
Luang Phabang, commonly transliterated into Western languages from the pre-1975 Lao spelling ຫຼວງພຣະບາງ (ຣ = silent r) as Luang Prabang, literally meaning "Royal Buddha Image", is a city in north-central Laos, consisting of 58 adjacent villages, of which 33 comprise the UNESCO Town Of Luang Prabang World Heritage Site. It was listed in 1995 for its unique and "remarkably" well preserved architectural, religious and cultural heritage, a blend of the rural and urban developments over several centuries, including the French colonial influences during the 19th and 20th centuries.
The centre of the city consists of four main roads and is located on a peninsula at the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers. Luang Prabang is well known for its numerous Buddhist temples and monasteries. Every morning, hundreds of monks from the various monasteries walk through the streets collecting alms. One of the city's major landmarks is Mount Phou Si; a large steep hill which despite the constrained scale of the city, is 150 metres (490 ft) high; a steep staircase leads to Wat Chom Si shrine and an overlook of the city and the rivers.
The city was formerly the capital of a kingdom of the same name. It had also been known by the ancient name of Xieng Thong. It was the royal capital and seat of government of the Kingdom of Laos, until the Pathet Lao takeover in 1975. The city is part of Luang Prabang District of Luang Prabang Province and is the capital and administrative centre of the province. It lies approximately 300 km (186 mi) north of the capital Vientiane. Currently, the population of the city as a whole is roughly 56,000 inhabitants with the UNESCO protected site being inhabited by around 24,000.
Dvaravati city-state kingdoms
By the 6th century in the Chao Phraya River Valley, Mon peoples had coalesced to create the Dvaravati kingdoms. In the north, Haripunjaya (Lamphun) emerged as a rival power to the Dvaravati. By the 8th century, the Mon had pushed north to create city-states, in Fa Daet (modern Kalasin, northeastern Thailand), Sri Gotapura (Sikhottabong) near modern Tha Khek, Laos, Muang Sua (Luang Prabang), and Chantaburi (Vientiane). In the 8th century CE, Sri Gotapura (Sikhottabong) was the strongest of these early city-states and controlled trade throughout the middle Mekong region. The city-states were loosely bound politically, but were culturally similar and introduced Therevada Buddhism from Sri Lankan missionaries throughout the region.
Lan Xang period
Xieng Dong Xieng Thong experienced a brief period of Khmer suzerainty under Jayavarman VII from 1185 to 1191. By 1180 the Sipsong Panna had regained their independence from the Khmers, however, and in 1238 an internal uprising in the Khmer outpost of Sukhothai expelled the Khmer overlords. Xieng Dong Xieng Thong in 1353 became the capital of the Lan Xang kingdom. In 1359 the Khmer king from Angkor gave the Phra Bang to his son-in-law, the first Lang Xang monarch Fa Ngum (1353-1373); to provide Buddhist legitimacy both to Fa Ngum's rule and by extension to the sovereignty of Laos and was used to spread Theravada Buddhism in the new kingdom. The capital name was changed to Luangphabang, where it was kept, named after the Buddha image. Luang Prabang was briefly occupied by the Vietnamese forces during Emperor Lê Thánh Tông's 1478–1480 expedition against Lan Xang and Lanna. The capital was moved in 1560 by King Setthathirath I to Vientiane, which remains the capital today.
Where Is Our Resort Located In Nong Khiaw?
Our resort is situated on the left bank of the Nam Ou river - before the bridge crossing. Located approximately 500m from the center of the village, Mandala Ou is in the south of Nong Khiaw, only a 5-minute walk from the bus station - you do NOT need to take a tuk-tuk from the bus station!
Where Is Nong Khiaw Located?
Nong Khiaw is a small village located 152km northeast of Luang Prabang located on the banks of Laos's second biggest river, the Nam Ou. At an altitude of 400m, it is famous for its stunning limestone karst mountain scenery, untouched virgin rainforest and variety of Lao ethnic groups, primarily the Khamu and Hmong tribes. Connected by an impressive high bridge linking both river banks, Nong Khiaw boasts the beautiful Patok Cave, command center and living quarters for the Pathet Lao independence movement and Bank Of Laos during the war in the 1960s and '70s. Famous for its unique Nam Ou freshwater shrimp during July and August, tourist attractions and activities include the famous '100 Waterfalls' tour, kayaking, mountain biking and tubing down the Nam Ou.
Your 'Home Away From Home'...Comfort & Style At Our Resort
At our resort, your comfort is important to us. Whether it's after an adventurous day of trekking or a long day on the boat, we aim to make your stay with us as comfortable and relaxing as possible.
We offer 10 deluxe detached units - six 'River Bungalows' with direct Nam Ou River views and four 'Fountain Garden Bungalows' set in our tropical garden. Each bungalow has an ensuite bathroom, ceiling & standing fan, safety box, tea & coffee making facilities and WiFi internet reception. Room service is available daily if requested.
Yoga Retreats at our Resort
Our purpose-built raised wooden Yoga Sala sits directly on the Nam Ou Riverbank opposite the impressive Pha Xang cliff - with stunning views down the Nong Khiaw valley, mountains and sunset.
Our resort has been proudly hosting the popular all-inclusive yoga retreats organised and taught by the cooperative of experienced instructors of Luang Prabang Yoga - the original Yoga School in Luang Prabang- since November 2013. Luang Prabang Yoga was started by Julie Moksim, an internationally qualified instructor and founder of Urban Yogis in Singapore. She has developed an intrinsic Yoga program that includes philosophy, meditation, Pranayama, Vinyasa yoga, Restorative yoga and Yoga Nidra, giving all participants the benefit of a full 'Sadhana' or spiritual practice.
Enjoy Delicious Food & Wine On The River's Edge...
The covered restaurant seats up to 30 people and offers great views overlooking the Nam Ou river and surrounding mountains. Our kitchen offers a select choice of local dishes from Nong Khiaw & Laos, as well as classic Thai and Western cuisine.
Nearly all of our ingredients and vegetables are sourced daily from the fresh market in Nong Khiaw - but also provided by our staff's own organic vegetable and herb gardens! We use no artificial ingredients or flavour enhancers (MSG) in our dishes, and all food is cooked to order. Our delicious, 100% natural breakfast fruit jams are homemade by our dear friend Monica of 'Tamasat Jams' in Luang Prabang - Passion Fruit, Mango-Vanilla, Papaya-Pineapple, Orange or Mulberry. To get your day started, our inclusive buffet breakfast is served daily and includes fresh filter coffee, herbal teas, a selection of local exotic fruit & juices, yoghurt, muesli, cornflakes, croissants, home-baked toast bread, fruit jams, Nutella, salami, ham & Cheddar cheese, scrambled eggs and a daily Asian dish of fried rice or rice soup.
Jungle Waterfalls Mountain View Point Caves, Kayaking, Zip Line over Nam Ou River Gorge...
Nong Khiaw is the ideal place for you to relax or be active...
There are several exciting local attractions nearby that can be reached independently on foot or with our free guest bicycles. Alternatively, there are several fascinating half-day or full-day guided trips around Nong Khiaw that require a qualified tour guide and are booked at the travel agencies in the village centre. Here are a few activities that we can recommend: Independent Half Day Trips (No Tour Guide Necessary)
Independent Full Day Trips (No Tour Guide Necessary)