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OUDOMXAY

Oudomxay is a province located in the northwest of Laos. The province capital is Muang Xai. The province borders China to the north, Phongsali Province to the northeast, Luang Prabang Province to the east and southeast, Xaignabouli Province to the south and southwest, Bokeo Province to the west, and Luang Namtha Province to the northwest.

Oudomxay is on the height of between 300–1,800 metres above sea level and its mainly topography is mountainous. It is populated by some 23 ethnic minorities mainly Hmong, Ekor (Akha) and Khammu.

Muong La District

Muong La is the one of the oldest historical sites in Laos, which not only has presently become a tourism attraction within the province but also is considered very sacred and worshiped by the locals. It is well known for a hot water spring, an old French bridge, natural scenery and the beauty of the Nam La River for all tourists to enjoy. It’s advisable to stay in Muang La resort at reasonable price for such a pristine and close to nature view.

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Nam Kat waterfall

Nam Kat waterfall is known as the Heart of Northern Lao. Tourists can have a trekking trip in the nature near Oudomxay. This new day trip will take you to the wild valley and beautiful waterfall in the Houay Nam Kat Reserve, a provincial protected area about 20 km southeast of Oudomxay.

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Nam Kat Waterfall

After walking up the valley through a pristine forest, you will enjoy the breathtaking view in the Nam Kat Waterfall and have a picnic lunch in a beautiful scenery. The tour often starts at 8:30 a.m and you come back in the evening between 5 and 6 p.m. Tickets are required an you easily find them at Oudomxay Tourist Information in the town center in front of the new market.

During the trip, you will walk for a long time about 4 hour. Remember to prepare good shoes and warm clothes in the cold season (November to February). You might get wet shoes by passing small rivers/streams in the wet season.

Chom Ong Cave

Chom Ong’s cave ranked as the longest cave in Northern Laos and is one of the top 10 South East Asia. It burrows more than 15km beneath a forested karst ridge near the Khamu village Ban Chom Ong. This cave stretches along a 4 km long mountain ridge and has a parallel running and interconnecting fossil and river passage.

The typical passage dimension is 20-25 m width and 20-30 m height. Two huge overlaying halls mark the connection of river and fossil passage. The cave is a trough cave and could be entered with exploration equipment near the stream inlet in the north and left at the outflow in the south. The full traverse would take about 5 hours with additional 1 and 3 hours respectively return walking time to Chom Ong village.

 

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