Photo from the Road: Muang Ngoi Laos

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Photo from the Road: Muang Ngoi Laos

Muang Ngoi is a tiny settlement along the Nam Ou River in the northweast of Laos. It’s set among the karst mountain landscape and can only be reached by river boat. The village is a one-lane dirt track of houses, cafes and guesthouses, free of cars and motorbikes.  Most of the places to stay are located on the riverbank.

There are plenty of other travelers that make their way to Muang Ngoi, but in the off- season you’ll practically have the place to yourself. There’s plenty to do around here: from trekking to hill tribes and fishing trips to canoeing on the river and walks to the cave and waterfall. But undoubtedly, the novelty of Muang Ngoi is getting yourself a $4 hotel room on the riverbank and frittering away the hours in a hammock watching the scenery and passing slowboats.

Photo and Text by Stephen Bugno

View from our guesthouse room in Muang Noi.

Slow boat on the Muang Ngoi.

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Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno has been traveling and teaching English abroad for the better part of ten years. His articles and essays have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Times, and Transitions Abroad magazine. He blogs at Bohemian Traveler and edits the independent travel magazine Follow him on Google + and


  1. […] in his hammock and at the local cafes reading, writing in his journal and soaking up the gorgeous views of the surrounding limestone mountains. If I had the chance, I would return to Muang Ngoi for some serious chill […]

  2. […] wouldn’t even say that I would not re-visit Laos. I might (certain places, like Champusak, Muang Ngoi, and Si Phan Don were among my favorite in all of southeast Asia). And I certainly wouldn’t […]

  3. […] buffet in Muang Ngoi (including coffee): 20,000 kip   ($2.50 […]

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