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Ideal duration: 1-2 days

Best Time: October to February Read More

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Muang Khoua

"Village Hikes and Boating"

Muang Khua Tourism

Muang Khua is a small town located in the Phongsali Province in Northern Laos. It is a transit town between Udomxai town - the border town of Vietnam in the south and Ban Samphanh in the north. Located on the banks of the Nam Ou river, Muang Khua is known for the serene village life that can be explored by trekking. Tourists wanting to relax by the river and trek should visit this town.

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Things to Do in Muang Khua

  1. Walk over the wooden suspension bridge - A wooden bridge built over the Nam Phak river is one of the attractions in Muang Khua.

  2. Hiking in the villages - There are one, two and multiple-day hikes of varied difficulties that can be done to the nearby communities. You can book these treks at the tourism centre, which is located in the town centre, open from 8 AM to 5 PM. Alternatively, you can book these hikes also via your hotels.

  3. Boating - Boating in the Nam Ou river is one of the things to enjoy in the town. The boat trips cost between 10 to 30 USD, which can be directly booked at the pier. You can also go swimming or rent Kayaks from the small shops for about 2 USD per hour.

Tips While Visiting Muang Khua

  • There are only 2 ATMs and two currency exchange centres in Muang Khua. It might be better to stock up on cash beforehand.

  • Accommodation options are limited in the town and can get booked during the hiking season. It is recommended to book hotels and guesthouses in advance.

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How to Reach Muang Khua

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The best way to reach Muang Khua is by bus. Buses are available frequently every day from the towns in Muang Xay hub including Dien Bien Phu. The nearest bus station is Muang Kha station located in Ban Dan Neua village about 2km.  The buses cost about 8 to 10 USD per person and take 4 to 5 hours depending on the city of departure.

You can also reach Muang Khua by boat from Muang Ngoi Neua and Nong Khiaw towns, which cost 30 to 45 USD per person and takes around 3 hours. But boats are seasonal and available during the peak time between October and February.

Local transport in Muang Khua

The best way to explore Muang Khua is by renting a motorbike. You can also get around the town by hiring a Tuk-Tuk or renting a bicycle daily. Cabs are available too if you want to commute to faraway places more comfortably.

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