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Nam Ou River

Nam Ou River, one of the most important rivers in the country, is a 450-kilometre stretch of water that is significant for both the transportation system and tourism industry of Laos.

A trip to the Nam Ou River offers tourists a chance to see the most stunning sights in Laos — along the way, panoramic attractions such as limestone mountains, well-preserved forests, holy caves, and interesting villages can be seen. While en route, you can make a stop at Pak Ou Caves, a special shrine for Buddha and the river spirit, or visit the idyllic villages along Nam Ou river such as the Ban Hoy Seen Village. A trip to Nam Ou River will not only give tourists a chance to relax and take a break; they can also get a glimpse of the ingenuity and creativity of the people of Laos. 



The 450-kilometre stretch of Nam Ou river starts from the Phongsaly Province and ends in Luang Prabang province.


Opening Days and Hours

Nam Ou River can be accessed anytime. 


Entry Fee and Bookings

Nam Ou River can be accessed for free. Bout tours along the Nam Ou river start from USD 78. 


How to Get There

  • Fly from Vientiane to Luang Prabang via Lao Airlines or Lao Skyways.
  • From the airport, board a taxi to Luang Prabang’s centre.
  • From the city centre, hire a tuk-tuk to bring you to Nam Ou River.


Suggested For

  • Backpackers/solo travelers
  • Couples
  • Group of friends
  • Families


Time to Spend

Those who want to see more of Nam Ou river can join the half-day boat tours.


Popularity and Best Time to Go

The best time to visit Nam Ou River is between the summer months of April and June.



  • Village Hopping
  • Trip to Pak Ou Caves
  • Boat Ride



Tourists exploring the Nam Ou river can order meals and drinks from nearby restaurants such as Duangdee restaurant, Lattanavongsa Restaurant, and Sabaidee. Tourists joining the boat trips can eat at food shops in different villages along Nam Ou river.


Nearby Attractions

  • Pak Ou Caves
  • Nong Khiaw Bridge



For accommodations, choose among the hotels and resorts near Nam Ou river such as Nam Ou Riverside Resort and Hotel, Ningning Resort, Nong Kiau Resort, and Mandala Ou Resort. Rates range from USD 60 to USD 200.


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