Nong Kiau Riverside

Nong Khiaw, Northern Laos, Laos

At a Glance

  • Beautiful riverside position

  • Good sized bungalows all overlooking the river

  • Near the bridge which offers amazing sunset views

  • Lots of really good value local restaurants within walking distance

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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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Nong Kiau Riverside is an excellent choice for those who like views, as the cottages are perched on the river's edge.

I really recommend Nong Kiau for adventurous couples and families that prioritise location over luxury. It's very simple but has the most glorious views.

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Nong Kiau Riverside Resort is located on the banks of the scenic Nam Ou River in the northern town of Nong Khiaw. This is a really great place to stopover en route from northern Laos to Luang Prabang or vice versa, or even spend a few nights here!

Nong Kiau Riverside Resort provides a great stopover base when you journey up or down the Nam Ou river in Northern Laos to or from Luang Prabang. The resort holds a beautiful location on the banks of the river with all bungalows having beautiful views over the water. There are beautiful gardens surrounding the bungalows which add lots of colour and charm to the resort.

There are only 15 bungalows in total so it is a lovely boutique resort. All bungalows are very spacious with 40sqm of space with a big private balcony so you can enjoy the views. There is a restaurant at the resort where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and supper should you wish. But it may be fun to venture out in the evening to a local restaurant of which there are many!

You may just be staying one night here, but if you want to stay a few more there are lots of fun activities to do in the area. You can rent some bikes from the resort to explore the area a bit further, perhaps challenge yourself to the viewpoint trek, maybe do some kayaking on the river or even enjoy a cooking class so you could easily fill a few days here.

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There are 15 bungalows at the resort all of the same category - you can have either a twin or double bed set up. Rooms are very spacious so there is room for an extra bed if you are travelling as a family. They have balconies overlooking the river and air conditioning for the warmer months and bed heaters for the cooler months.


Although children are welcome to stay here, there are no specific facilities available for them. An extra bed can be added to the bungalows.


The restaurant serves freshly cooked breakfasts, lunches and suppers. The menu mainly consists of Laotian dishes and a few Thai ones and they are generally very tasty!


The resort can help you organise any tours you may want to do - perhaps some kayaking on the Nam Ou River, some trekking in the mountains or just renting a bike to cycle around the town to take in the local culture.



Clare Barratt (Staff)

Nong Kiau Riverside Resort is a good alternative option to Mandala Ou. Located on the other side of the river all the bungalows have lovely views of the Nam Ou River from their balconies. Bungalows are spacious if a little dark because of the wooden interiors. Service was pretty good in a Laotian way. I would say the only major downside is no form of communal relaxing/seating area - only the restaurant.


  • Ikhos Village Explorer

    This half-day trip by 4x4 explores the most picturesque route along the banks of the River Nam Pak, visiting two Ikhos villages en route. The Ikhos people originate from Tibet and Yunnan in China and are some of the most isolated communities in Laos.

  • Nong Khiaw - Exploring the 100 waterfalls

    Start your adventure with a cruise on the Nam Ou River, lasting around 45-minutes, before reaching the village of Ban Don Khoune. After a brief look around the village, head into the hills for some of the most scenic trekking in Laos.

Holiday Ideas

  • Imagine Laos

    Luang Prabang, Nong Khiaw, Vientiane & Champasak

    from £2900 pp inc flights & transfers for 9 nights

    • Cultural encounters at every turn as you travel throughout the unique and explorative country of Laos
    • Leap into the gorgeous countryside, beautiful temples and wonderfully peaceful atmosphere that awaits you in Luang Prabang
    • Perfect for adventure lovers, Nong Khiaw in one of the most beautiful areas of the country with the winding Nam Ou River framed by dramatic limestone mountains

Location & directions

Nong Khiaw, Northern Laos, Laos

Nong Kiau Riverside is located in the town of Nong Kiau in northern Laos, it can be accessed either by road or boat from Luang Prabang or from Muang La further up the river,

How to get there

14-hour international flight to either Bangkok or Vientiane followed by a 1-hour flight to Luang Prabang and a 3-hour transfer. Best to do as part of a longer journey.

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