Mandala Ou

Nong Khiaw, Northern Laos, Laos

At a Glance

  • The prettiest and most comfortable accommodation in Nong Khiaw

  • The location is spectacular; the property overlooks the limestone karst scenery and Nam Ou River

  • Mandala Ou is a fantastic base for trekking, kayaking and cycling in the area

  • The property is ideal for adventurous couples and outdoorsy families that want to explore the area

  • It's home to a cool crisp pool, the only one for miles!

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Laos enjoys a warm, tropical climate year-round. The cooler, drier months of the year are from November to March; however, temperatures rarely drop below 22°C during the day. Humidity is highest between May and September, when sunbursts follow tropical downpours and temperatures can climb to 35°C. However, the average year-round temperature is a pleasant 25°C.

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Insider's View

Try eating in one of the little restaurants in the centre of town, they are within walking distance and most have a really warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Walk to the bridge for a gorgeous sunset view

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Perched on the banks of the scenic Nam Ou River in the hills of Nong Khiaw, Mandala Ou is a simple but stylish little property with spectacular views, sitting about two hours north of Luang Prabang. Mandala Ou is a great base for trekking in the region.

Mandala Ou is a small, simple and attractive little hotel that sits high on the banks of the glorious Nam Ou River in Nong Khiaw. The views of the rugged lime-stone karst scenery really make up for the lack of frills and luxury at the property; they are breathtaking. There are ten simple but comfortable bungalows that are clean and tastefully decorated with brightly coloured fabrics. Of these, 6 have direct Nam Ou river views, and 4 overlook the fountain in the garden.

At the edge of the property is a cool contemporary swimming pool, the only one in town. It looks out to the river and luminous jungle greenery and we think it's a real highlight of the hotel. Food is served during breakfast, lunch and dinner. Expect fresh coffee, croissants, eggs and toast for breakfast and a selection of Lao and Western dishes for both lunch and dinner.

Mandala Ou is located just on the edge of Nong Khiaw, a sleepy village that's a fantastic base for trekking, cycling and kayaking. The town is approximately two hours (152km) north of Luang Prabang at an altitude of 400m. This makes the area beautifully cool and a welcome respite from the lowland hills. The area is home to numerous hill-tribe villages, such as Khamu and Hmong, making it a fascinating introduction to northern Laos and its distinctive culture.

Whilst Mandala Ou is very simple, we feel it's the best option in Nong Khiaw, providing a good place to rest after a day of adventurous activities. It's ideal for outdoorsy couples and adventurous families that just need a clean and comfortable place to rest.

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Despite welcoming all children, we feel that Mandala Ou is mostly suited to older children who can enjoy the adventurous activities on offer in the area.


There's a lovely pool, free bicycle hire, a traditional Lao herbal steam sauna, a restaurant, open sided fire place and plenty of board games to keep guests entertained.



Clare Barratt (Staff)

What a charming little resort. Located riverside with majority of the rooms looking over the river with little balconies. There is a small plunge pool here, probably the only hotel with one in the town, which is a massive bonus after a day of trekking/kayaking/boating! Rooms are very nicely decorated with lots of colours and charm and feel quite homely. Bathrooms are slightly open plan and wet room-like but nice. Lovely atmosphere here and well located if you want to venture out in the evenings.


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Location & directions

Nong Khiaw, Northern Laos, Laos

Mandala Ou sits on the left bank of the Nam Ou river, on the edge of Nong Khiaw. It's just a 5 minute walk from the centre of the village.

How to get there

14-hour international flight (one change) to Luang Prabang and from here it's approximately 3 hours by road.

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