Villa at Muang La Resort

MUANG LA RESORT

Luang Prabang - Muang La Resort - Luang Prabang

A beautiful luxury riverside lodge set in unspoilt countryside...

MUANG LA RESORT

A relaxing tour from Luang Prabang & back

A tour to discover the heart of Northern Laos including a secluded retreat with only 10 rooms. 

Muang La Resort Holiday Details

Highlights:  

  • The mountain road from Luang Prabang to Oudom Xai.
  • Muang La Resort, a charming and unique place.
  • The mountain peoples of the Oudom Xai region. 
  • Cruise on the Nam Ou River

 

Day 1: Luang Prabang - Muang La
(. / Lunch / Dinner)
Rendezvous with your Laotian driver in the reception of your hotel. Your journey starts, following the mighty Mekong. The road climbs from an altitude of 300m to reach 1400m and the mountain-top road is criss-crossed by numerous villages of the Hmong people. After a picnic lunch, you continue your journey through spectacular countryside (stops on request).  The total distance is 200km and it takes about 5 hours drive. On arrival at Oudom Xai, you can stretch your legs and stroll through the food market – the meeting point of the various peoples of the region. Finally, after a short 30 minutes drive you reach the unique oasis of Muang La Resort – “The pearl of the north”. After checking-in, you can enjoy the naturally heated, warm water spa, have a traditional Lao sauna or try one the different massages available.

Dinner and overnight in Muang La Resort

Day 2: Muang La
(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

In the morning you leave to explore the village of Pak La, located next to the Resort. The panoramic views across the Nam Pak River, the beautiful terraced rice fields and salt fields make for an interesting and picturesque experience. You can watch the customs and daily life of the ethnic Khmu people (2-3 total hours of walking). The site of Muang La is dominated by the temple of Pha Chiao Sing Kham which houses a sacred Buddha. According to the custodians of the temple, the statue “appeared” over one hundred years ago on the temple site and so the temple is now a sacred place of pilgrimage.

Lunch is taken at the Resort.

In the afternoon you set off for a superb trip to discover the natural beauty surrounding the Resort. From rice fields to the surrounding lush, green forests, this short trek is a great opportunity to explore the local environment. You return to the resort late in the day.
 
Dinner and overnight in Muang La Resort.

Day 3: Muang La
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

In the morning, departure in 4x4 to visit two ethnic groups: the Ikhos and Hmong. The route you will take offers unforgettable scenery and views from 1000m above sea level. First you visit an isolated Ikhos village. This ethnic group, native of Yunnan and Tibet, still lives according to traditional ancestral customs. Next, you set off on a 45 minutes walk to the Hmong village of Ban Taus. This ethnic group is native to Tibet and you learn the importance of animals to the local people and the resulting care that they give to their livestock (buffaloes, pigs ...). A few minutes from the village, you find a magnificent 360⁰ view across the region – truly unforgettable. Back to the Resort in the afternoon.

Laos - Muang La Resort - Sunset Deck

 

In Laos, according to Animist beliefs, which still persist, people have thirty-two souls, one in each of the 32 body parts. These souls (or khouan) tend to escape, risking being swallowed by evil spirits, creating diseases and misfortune. The ceremony of "recall of souls": the Baci ceremony is designed to guard against this eventuality. Family & friends gather in a room where an altar is built. From the altar, cotton strands radiate symbolizing the ties with the world of souls. Cakes, fruit, liquor, incense sticks, candles, silver are all used to encourage the souls to return home. A wise old sage officiates, surrounded by family and guests and using ritual formulas, he encourages the 32 souls to return to their original habitat and benefit from the offerings. The ceremony is followed by a meal in a local household. This traditional meal shared with our guests is embellished with local cider: the Lao Hay. Just one more truly unforgettable experience!
 
Overnight at Muang La Resort.

 

Day 4: Muang La - Muang Khua – Nong Khiaw
(Breakfast / Lunch /.)

You leave by road to Muang Khua (2 hours drive). This descent of the Nam Ou River from Muang Khua to Nong Khiaw is undoubtedly the finest in the region! You have the opportunity, from the comfort of your luxury boat, to discover many villages and beautiful limestone (karst) cliff  landscapes which seem to rise majestically from the river itself. Lunch is a picnic barbecue on one of the natural beaches along the river.

You arrive at Nong Khiaw in the late afternoon (around 17.30) and transfer to Nong Khiaw Riverside Bungalow.

 Dinner (not included)

Overnight in Nong Khiaw Riverside Bungalow.

Laos - North Laos - Nam Ou

Day 5: Nong Khiaw – Pak Ou - Luang Prabang
(Breakfast /./.)

We continue our cruise along the Nam Ou River which feeds into the Mekong at the striking Pak Ou Caves. This famous site is revered by all Laotians and houses hundreds of decorated statues of Buddha. After time to explore the caves, you continue your journey on the Mekong to your destination at Luang Prabang.