This lovely photo was taken on the Mekong River in Luang Prabang before I was fortunate to be able to get away for 2 days to Nong Khiaw about 3 hours North Fron Luang Prabang.
Nong Khiaw is a very small town divided by a bridge. It is very beautiful and most people take a traditional long boat or kayak up the Nam Ou river. I passed many mist-covered limestone mountains and it gave a sense of serenity and calmness as I cruised along slowly. I passed local villages where I saw people going about their daily duties or playing in the water.
Water Buffalo take the opportunity to laze around and wash in the river too. After about 30 minutes I arrived at Muang Ngoi village. I was here 6 years ago and it has since become quite a tourist haven with many restaurants and cafes set up along the dusty road that cuts through the town.
Muang Ngoi is a stunning setting surrounded by towering mountains. There is a cave nearby to visit and a number of walks. Of course, kayaking on the river is a popular choice. Upriver further is a weaving village which is worth a trip I am told but time was very limited. I met some tourists who couldn’t get a boat, so they joined mine and we returned towards Nong Khiaw where I visited another small village and walked the last hour alongside the Nam Ou to Nong Khiaw.