Nong Khiaw and Muang Ngoi are 2 small towns conjoint to each other. It is located among mountains and along the Nam Ou River that is the main river in the north of Laos. It is far from Luang Prabang 150 kilometres and takes two-hour drive. When returning, tourists can take a boat along the Nam Ou River conjoint the Mekong River at Pak Ou which is the location of Tam-Ting Cave. Then, the boat goes to Luang Prabang on the Mekong River for 5 hours. But you can go back by bus: it depends on you.
Although Nong Khiaw and Muang Ngoi are not the same town, the relations are so close that tourist can travel concurrently. Muang Ngoi is the old town along the central part of the Nam Ou River. When there was the construction of the road from Luang Prabang along the Nam Ou River, the bridge was built in the area of Nong Khiaw for facilitating the travel to Xam Neua City. This construction caused the new community near the bridge. Local people of Muang Ngoi increasingly moved to settle down at Nong Khiaw. And when the tourism was developed, Nong Khiaw look like a big community that is more active and famous than Muang Ngoi.
However, in both Nong Khiaw and Muang Ngoi, there are many beautiful natural tourist attractions that consist of fertile nature without artificial thing. It is suitable for tourists who want to rest with the nature, such as morning mist, trek, climbing, cave visit, kayaking, watching the way of rural people, riding a bicycle, market visit, etc.
For traveling between Nong Khiaw and Muang Ngoi, boats are available. The fee is about 100 Thai Baht per person and per day. There are 3 rounds of boat per day. In case you go in a large group, the interesting choice is the all-day boat renting for watching the view of the 2 sides and visiting places.
Since tourism was continually developed, there are so many inexpensive hotels in both Nong Khiaw and Muang Ngoi that tourists can choose according to the atmosphere of the two towns they prefer. But both are located among forests, mountains, and small and calm community.
For the transportation of bus from Luang Prabang, there is a mini bus taking the route number 1C conjoint the route number 13 at Pak Mong. The fee is about 345 Thai Bath. And the fee of the Nam Ou-Pak Ou-Nam Kong boat is about 470 Thai Bath.