Villa at Muang La Resort

MUANG LA RESORT

Laos Resort Holiday of 4 days

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

MUANG LA RESORT

Laos Resort Holiday of 4 days including a tour from Pak Beng to Nong Khiew

A trip to discover the heart of Northern Laos from a secluded “resort”.

Muang La Resort Holidays – Pak Beng to Nong Khiew Details:

Highlights:

  • The road from Pak Beng to Muang La with its many and varied ethnic groups. 
  • Muang La Resort, a charming and unique retreat
  • The mountain peoples of the Oudom Xai region
  • Cruise on the Nam Ou River

 

Day 1: Pak Beng – Muang La
(. / Lunch / dinner)
After breakfast, you leave for Muang La (minibuses). After 4h30 on the road (counting stops), we reach the province of Oudom Xai in central Northern Laos. The region is rich in mountain scenery and is home to many ethnic minorities. Chinese and Vietnamese merchants mix with the many villagers, buying & selling supplies. On arrival at Oudom Xai, you have the chance to stretch your legs and take a stroll through food market.  Finally, after a short 30 minute drive you reach the unique oasis of Muang La Resort – “The pearl of the north”. On your arrival at the resort you can relax in the naturally heated, warm water spa, or by taking a sauna or one of the different massages available.

Dinner and overnight in Muang La Resort.

Day 2: Muang La
(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
You set off at around 9h30 for Pak Khai and a pleasant journey of 20 minutes, offering magnificent views over the River Nam Phak , rice terraces and small villages of the Khmu people. On arrival, your trek on narrow footpaths takes you through rice fields where you can meet some of the local farmers and discover how they cultivate their lands, fish and hunt for small game.

After 1h30 passing through the lush, green forest, you arrive at Phavi village, located atop a hill. You are guests in the house of the head of the village for lunch and you discover where traditional Lao hospitality assumes its full meaning. After lunch, you resume your trek to refreshing waterfalls. You can relax in the clear mountain waters lulled by the gentle breeze. Towards 14h30, you return to the resort with arrival in the late afternoon.

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.

Restaurant at Muang La Resort

 

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 at the resort in the afternoon.

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 Khiew
Breakfast / Lunch /.
Departure by minibus to Muang Khua following a small hill road which is very busy. It passes the outskirts of many villages and eventually leads to Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam. At Muang Khua, a flat-bottomed canoe waits for you down on the Nam Ou River. This is certainly one of the most beautiful river trips in Laos. The Nam Ou River takes you to enchanting places at a leisurely pace. Your picnic lunch including grilled fish is taken on one of the many natural beaches along the river. You arrive at Nong Khiew by late afternoon. You are in one of the most spectacular karst regions of South-East Asia. The large white cliffs,covered with dense vegetation, rise majestically from the edge of the river. During the Vietnam War, the caves contained in the rock formations served as a refuge for local people. Today, Thai Leu, the Hmong, the Khmus live here in perfect harmony. The end of your adventure and our services.