Nong Khiaw, Northern 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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To start planning your vacation to Mandala Ou
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 colored 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.
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.
Location & Directions
Nong Khiaw, Northern 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 center of the village.
When to go
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.