Land of the Rising Dragon

Gems of Nong Kiau

Private Tour

Starting from $649 pp


Nong Kiau

Get the best of both worlds with a mixture of a relaxed city break and a charming (private) river cruise. This short tour is the perfect getaway for anyone keen to escape the city. Delve into some fascinating culture, enjoy the incredible views and scenery but above all breath in the wonderful fresh and clean air that will surround you wherever you go in this green of green countries.

This magical getaway is a ‘Asia For Expats’ favourite and is perfect for every occasion. Be it a family break or a romantic escape; as the aspects of this holiday can be moved and changed to suit all requirements. This break not only lets you enjoy the chocolate box town of Luang Prabang which oozes charm but also takes you on river cruise up the Nam Ou river to Muong Ngoi. Along the way you will visit some gorgeous remote villages and enjoy a picnic on the river bank. You will also visit the incredible Pak Ou caves and have a drink of Lau Lao in whisky village before having plenty of time to wonder the streets under your own steam when you return back to Luang Prabang.


Day 1: Arrive Luang Prabang & Mount Phousi

On arrival in Luang Prabang you will be met by an Asia for Expats representative and transferred to your hotel. In the late afternoon you will enjoy an introduction to this beautiful town by enjoying sunset from Mount Phousi. From the top you get an amazing 360-degree view of the town, perfect for orientating yourself and finding your bearings.


Day 2: Pak Ou Caves & Whiskey Village

After a short car ride you’ll take a small boat across the river to explore the mysterious Pak Ou Caves that are crammed with thousands of Buddha statues. From here you will cross back over the river to get an insight into local whisky production at Ban Xang Hai village. After trying some local ‘Lau Lao’ you continue by road to the riverside town of Nong Kiau. Once in town you are free to enjoy the area as you wish. For the more adventurous you can walk up sunset hill to be rewarded with spectacular views of the surrounding area.


Day 3: Nong Kiau to Muong Ngoi

Today is the highlight of this break as you spend the whole day on a private boat trip along the stunning Nam Ou River. Sit back and relax and watch the world go by; with local people harvesting river week, panning for gold or fishing. You will stop off a couple of times to discover some local villages before pausing for a picnic lunch on the banks of the river. You then continue up stream to the village of Muong Ngoi, the furthest point of the trip. Once here you get to explore and for the brave walk across the wobbly wooden suspension bridge.


Day 4: Nong Kiau to Luang Prabang

Today we will go back to Luang Prabang in time for a late lunch. You are then free to explore the town under your own steam. Alternatively, we suggest that a brief afternoon city tour that takes in the main sites in Luang Prabang or one of our other activities. As the sun goes down you can revisit Mout Phousi or wonder around the night market that comes to life outside the entrance to the National Museum.


Day 5: Depart Luang Prabang

Today you are free to enjoy your last day as you wish until we pick you up in plenty of time and take you to the airport for your departing flight. An absolute must is to rise early and witness the very special Monks collecting alms. As the sun begins to rise, long lines of orange-robed monks leave their pagodas and walk barefoot down the streets collecting offerings from Luang Prabang residents.  It is a beautiful, serene ceremony that highlights the spiritualism of the Laotians.


*Please see our list of activities that can be added to your getaway.


Activities in Luang Prabang

Learn to play PetanqueLearn to play Petanque
Minimum Number:
1 Person
Duration: from 2 hours
Enjoy a fun evening playing petanque (les boules) with our resident guide and  experienced petanque player.  The game is a popular pass-time all over Laos and in particular Luang Prabang with its many local petanque bars.  It is always played in a very social atmosphere, with generally the loser buying the winner a drink.

Kuang Si Waterfall TourKuang Si Waterfall Tour
Minimum Number:
1 Person
Duration: from 4 hours
Visit the local Phosi Market and the silk weaving centre of Ock Pop Tock before going for a swim in the beautiful turquoise waters of the Kuang Si Waterfall. After drying off you then have some time to pop next door to the Bear Rescue Centre, which helps protect and rehabilitate the rare Asiatic Black Bear.

Pak Ou Caves & Whisky Village Tour

Pak Ou Caves & Whisky Village Tour
Minimum Number: 1 Person
Duration: from 5 hours
Take a journey up the Mekong River and explore the mysterious Pak Ou Caves. Cross back over the river and stop off at the locally famous whisky village.  Learn about the traditional practices of making rice whisky as well as being able to sample a glass or two before taking a stroll around the village.

Luang Prabang City Tour (Half Day)Luang Prabang City Tour (Half Day)
Minimum Number:
1 Person
Duration: 4 hours
Visit to the Royal Palace Museum, the magnificent Wat Xiengthong and Wat Visoun. Also during this tour you will take a walk up to the top of Mount Phousi where you will get the best panoramic views of the city.  It also the perfect way to orient yourself and enjoy the sunset.

Morning Alms and Market TourMorning Alms and Market Tour
Minimum Number:
1 Person
Duration: from 2 hours
As the sun begins to rise, long lines of orange-robed monks leave their pagodas and walk down the streets collecting offerings from Luang Prabang residents.  Afterwards you can visit the Luang Prabang Morning Market before returning to your hotel for breakfast.

Expat Tips

Top Expat Tips

  • Get up early and see the taking of Alms in Luang Prabang but choose an alternative vantage point than the main high street
  • Take a jumper with you for the cool morning on your boat trip
  • Enjoy a massage and the steam room in Nong Kiau at ‘Sabai Sabai Massage’
  • Visit Wat Mai or the New Monastery


  • Climb to the top of the nearby sunset hill for the best view of the surrounding area
  • Do some bargaining at the night market
  • See if you can get everyone to wave at you as you pass them on your boat trip

For Families:

  • Introduce the family to some traditional activities, such as archery, rice planting or panning for gold
  • Hire bikes from your hotel and explore the village of Nong Kia
  • If you come between October and April the rickety bamboo bridge will be open. Kids will love it.
  • For older kids there are activities like kayaking, trekking and rice plating.

Tour Includes:

  • Land transportation within Laos by private vehicles.
  • English speaking guide
  • Accommodation listed
  • Breakfasts each morning on the tour
  • Excursions as mentioned
  • All admission fees at activities mentioned in the itinerary, temples and attractions.
  • All taxes

Tour Excludes:

  • Flights to/from Asia. (Our team can help you arrange flights if requested)
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Visa fees
  • Meals, unless otherwise mentioned
  • Beverages and personal expenses
  • Other excursions and entrance fees
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation and evacuation in the event of accident of illness).
  • All other services not listed in “Tour Includes”.


We will arrange all flights and transportation within Asia as mentioned in the itinerary. Our team can arrange bonded ATOL flights to/from Asia upon request. Please complete the enquiry form with the necessary information to issue a quote for your international flights.


A visa is required to enter Laos. Our team will happily advise you on visa requirements.


Please ensure your passport has a validity of at least six months beyond stay. Also at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting and 4 passport-size photos are needed.


Please make sure you have comprehensive travel insurance adequate for your holidays and the activities you want to undertake. Your insurance must cover medical costs related to hospitalisation, repatriation and emergency travel.


Please consult your doctor, clinic or your national Department of Health for recommended vaccinations and medication when travelling to Southeast Asia. It is important to arrange the necessary appointments well in advance of your trip.


US Dollars (USD) are accepted in some places in Laos. You can exchange US Dollars for the local currency Lao Kip (LAK) once you arrive. For currency conversion please click here.

How to Book

Only once you are fully happy with your tailor-made itinerary you will receive an invoice. In order to secure availability for your booking, tour, activities and accommodation we require a 20% deposit.

Responsible Travel

Asia for Expats is committed to promote tourism that creates better places to live in and better places to visit. As expatriates living in Asia we care about the people and regions where we travel. Please read our Responsible Travel section to find more.

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