muang ngoi

Muang Ngoi is a small village on the banks of the Nam Ou River in Northern Laos. It’s a one-street village with no motorized vehicles—the only way to get there is by a one-hour boat ride from Nong Khiaw.

It’s a peaceful place to spend a couple days. There’s only electricity from 6pm to 9pm. Most of your time will probably be spent reading in a hammock with a stellar view of the river and surrounding limestone mountains.

The walking is nice as well—there’s a nearby cave and some villages further out. One called Bana is a settlement of bamboo huts and wooden houses and lots of life about an hour away. It’s definitely worth exploring the area by foot.

Here are some of my photos from four days in Muang Ngoi:

view from the boat to Muang Ngoi
View from the boat to Muang Ngoi

muang ngoi
View of the Nam Ou from our bungalow

cat view from our  bungalow in Muang Ngoi

river weed drying
River Weed Drying

mountains surrounding Muang Ngoi Laos
the mountains around Muang Ngoi

fields near Muang Ngoi
fields around the village of Bana

around Muang Ngoi Laos

view of cows grazing near Muang Ngoi
view from Bana village

Bana village near Muang Ngoi Laos
in Bana village

village house near Muang Ngoi
A house in the Village of Bana

weaving in Laos
a handicraft in Bana village

trail to village near Muang Ngoi Laos
on the path to Bana village

Stephen at Cafe in Muang Ngoi
Stephen enjoying a Lao coffee at a riverside cafe in Muang Ngoi

Photos and text by Stephen Bugno