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Muang Khua

Escape the crowds and discover Muang Khua, a hidden gem in Laos! Imagine a sleepy riverside town nestled between emerald mountains.  Colorful local markets, boat trips down the Nam Ou River, and the peaceful atmosphere - all create a taste of authentic Lao life, perfect for relaxation and adventure.

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Overview Muang Khua

1. LOCATION

North of Laos is the residence of hundreds of magnificent mountains, Muang Khua is a small town, that belongs to the far north of the country, right at Nam Ou and Nam Phark cross point. Because of the area's special location, which is a remote mountainous region, it is really difficult to reach. The only way you can get here is by boat or by walking road. Let's accompany Asia Links Travel to discover what's special in Muang Khua!

Overview of Muang Khua

Overview of Muang Khua

Although Muang Khua is just a small old town and virtually has no entertaining activities, the view it provides is undeniably picturesque. Usually, tourist chooses this spot to be their stopover when they move downriver of Hat Sa, Muang Ngoi, and Nong Khiaw, but it is still worth a day time in this typical rustic country town.

2. BEST TIME TO VISIT MUANG KHUA

Due to the reason: climate changes based on attitude, so Muang Khua is cool around the year.

From November to June next year, the weather is calm and warm, the temperature is pleasant, about 15°C average. In daylight, it could reach a max of 27°C and can be still cool because of the unpolluted environment.

Weather in Muang Khua

Weather in Muang Khua

From June to November, it usually has rain, and rain peaks in August.

In short, from November to June, especially in January, you can pack up your luggage and enjoy your best moments here.

3. THINGS TO DO IN MUANG KHUA

Almost a town in the middle of nowhere, so it has few activities available, but little doesn’t mean there is nothing to do, here is some destination advice that can make your time in Muang Khua memorable.

Take a Walk in the Suspension Bridge

Among the fantastic mountains and rivers, the old half wooden - iron bridges were built across the river to lead to the small village on the other side. Every day, every hour, you can see local people moving and carrying substances. It is the best spot to take a picture of you, the town, and nature. When standing in the wobbly construction, you will face the height challenge and balance yourself. Don’t worry, it is a safe experience.

Suspension bridge in Muang Khua

Suspension bridge in Muang Khua

Visit the Wat (Temple)

In this little town, a small temple would highlight its color. What is still a worth visiting temple when you come here, though space is not much provided its design makes it unique. Pay a visit for meditation and your soul refreshment would be a nice moment to have.

Local temple in Muang Khua

Local temple in Muang Khua

Trekking to the Villages

A rustic village in the faraway region would be the perfect place for ancient life expression. When reaching Muang Khua, you will be able to sightsee numerous old-fashioned houses in the middle town and also local doing. The further you go out from the center of town, the more remote villages you see, they have those styles ve stilt houses, and some don’t even have electricity.

trekking to local villages in Muang Khua

Trekking to local villages in Muang Khua

People live in completely simple conditions, despite the fact, that they are still happy and friendly to all tourists. Spend your time trekking around and hatch some splendid images then.

Taste the Exotic Dishes

Special Laotian cuisine won’t be served many in the region, you probably know the reason why, but instead, they have some unique dishes that only the mountainous region has, such as bug dishes: stir-fried worm, fried halva, bamboo mice grilled and so on. If you are not fancy on those “creepy” dishes, then have noodle soup, rice, and food from the town food stores instead. The flavor they add is unforgettable.

Join in the Locals' Activities

People here mostly live by agriculture, you will realize right at the moment you land feet in here. Small gardens and cattle barns are everywhere on the mountain’s side and alongside the river bank. You can observe local people harvesting, and plowing by simple rough tools and hands. You can join them catching fish or have some fun help. All you need is to ask these friendly people for a moody experience.

Local activities in Muang Khua

Local activities in Muang Khua

4. THINGS TO BUY IN MUANG KHUA

Local Handicrafts

Well, there isn’t much to buy here but if you want to spend a little money on local stuff, there are some handicraft shops in town. They sell local tribal fabric with simple colorful square patterns, small wood-knitted baskets, small fabric bags, and other plain robe jewelry.

Local Food

They grow many plants and trees in the area and also sell the goods for fresh. You can buy some tropical fruit like rambutan, label, mango and so on. In addition, local tea is worth spending, they already dry the leaves and pack them into a small bag for you, the tea here has a particular smell and tastes awesome when drinking. They print at low prices, you’ll see you can buy lots of things for only 10 USD.

Local cuisine in Muang Khua

Local cuisine in Muang Khua

5. DOS & DON'TS

Relaxing and being nice to the people is the only rule here. All you care about is the manner, if you want to behave friendly, learn the sentence “SA – BAI - DEE”, which means “hello” in Laos. People would smile when foreigners speak their language, even just a bit.

Things to know before visiting Muang Khua

Things to know before visiting Muang Khua

Hugging and kissing when you meet locals is not necessary, they don’t greet you like that in Laos, just stay cool and smile at them. Then, you are free to enjoy your Laos tour package.

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