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"Caves, Hiking and Village Life"

Muang Ngoi Neua Tourism

Muang Ngoi Neua is a small village located on the Nam Ou River in Luang Prabang province in Northern Laos. With a population of just over 1000 and the town getting electricity only in 2013, it is one of the most secluded villages in a beautiful location, which has recently become popular among tourists visiting the country for its natural beauty, caves and hiking opportunities.

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Things to do in Muang Ngoi Neua

1. Tham Kang cave and Tham Pha Kaew cave - Two famous caves located close to the village of Muang Ngoi Neua, which can be visited without a guide. The best way to get there is by renting a motorbike for about 8 USD per day. You can also get on foot within 40 minutes. The entry fee is 10000 LAK. Get a headlamp to navigate your way in the caves.

2. Visit Ban Sopjam - Ban Sopjam is a weaving village located on the banks of the river close to Muang Ngoi Neua. You can take a Kayaking tour to this village to see how weaving is done. These tours can be booked through your guesthouse or hotel and cost about 10 to 15 USD per person.

3. Explore the villages - Bana, Huay Bo, and Huay Sen are the neighbouring villages of Muang Ngoi Neua known for the green fields and country life of Laos. You can reach there by renting a motorbike or a bicycle. You can also hike to these villages starting from Bana, which is located near Tham Kang Cave. If you want, you can also stay overnight in local homestays in these villages which cost around 10 to 15 USD. It is not required to book any tours, and you can visit at your pace through bikes or hike.

4. Hike to the viewpoints - Muang Ngoi Neua has three viewpoints, which can be hiked for witnessing some magnificent sunsets. Carry a headlamp and wear good hiking shoes as the paths are steep and slippery.

Tips While Visiting Muang Ngoi Neua

  1. There are no ATM or currency exchange centres in Muang Ngoi Neua. Carry sufficient cash for all transactions before arriving.

  2. 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.

  3. There is also no WiFi in most places.

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How to Reach Muang Ngoi Neua

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The nearest town to reach Muang Ngoi Neua by road is to get to Nong Kiew. There are frequent buses from this town and takes about 4 to 5 hours, costing about 10 USD per person. The easiest way to get to Muang Ngoi Neua is by boat, as it takes less than 3 hours from towns of Nong Khiaw and Muang Khua. It is better to arrive 30 minutes before departure. Boats leave Muang Kha at 9:30 AM and from Nong Khiaw at 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM every day. It costs about 12 to 15 USD per person.

Local transport in Muang Ngoi Neua

The best way to explore Muang Ngoi Neua 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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