Muang Khua

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Alexandre
Canada3 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
We just completed a trek with Bounma, who works at the information center. The trek was beyond and above our expectations! Bounma was an awesome guide, very attentive to our needs and our children as well (7 and 9 years old). Their was lots of trekking medium to strenuous walking, for 6-8hours per day. The villages we visited have only very rarely seen tourists (2nd time and 3rd time) in their lives, and first time seeing foreign children. They were extremely welcoming and eager to share. We stayed in the chiefs homes with their families. The food was awesome. We had seen many reviews for a local guide by the name of Khamman but he was too expensive for our budget. We almost skipped coming here until we found the option with Bounma and we can only but recommend him. This experience will stick with us for ever and is a huge highlight of our 8 month travel in Asia. Do not hesitate if your thinking twice, go for it!!
Written 3 March 2020
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Joel R
Oulu, Oulu, Finland44 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
We did a one night hike with Mr. Khamman and his friend Pan to a local hill tribe village near Muang Khua. The trip up the mountain was a sweaty one and it took us about 7 hours. But the views! Khamman takes care of everything for you and answers all your questions about the history of the area and about the culture. He has lots of knowledge, since he's lived in this area his all life (except for his 14 years in monasteries). He also speaks the village languages and is on a friendly basis with all the people you meet on the road.
We really recommend this hike. Probably the best in Laos!
Written 14 May 2019
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Klaus
25 contributions
Jan 2019 • Solo
sansabay guesthouse is a convenient place, view from the room directly onto the Nam Pak, not touristic overrun, touriinfo for organizing hikes in the area, some good restaurants, onward journey south by boat or bus, which has to be changed at the dam, direct bus to and from Dien Bien Phu (check your visa for vietnam, e-visa are not accepted, you have to go back)
Written 18 February 2019
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Rahel
4 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
This was definitely the highlight of our stay in Muang Khua! We did the 2 days tour with Mr. Khamman. It was great. We learned so much and met incredible people. While we were hiking through the beautiful landscape, Mr. Khamman explained us a lot about the culture and the history of Laos and he showed us many interesting things. We spent the evening and the night in a little village and the next day we hiked back, but took a different route through the jungle.
We had two great days and collected memories we will never forget. Thank you so much, Mr. Khamman!
Written 13 February 2019
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yangfengming
Sydney, Australia205 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
We were cycling and had to stop here overnight in order to take the morning boat to Muang Ngoi. Muang Khua was a welcome change from Muang Mai where we were the previous night. The sleepy town grew on me in the almost-24h period we were there. We stayed at Doinouboun Guesthouse (80,000 K/night for a twin); the lady owner was very pleasant and helpful. We dined mostly at Sabaidee - strongly recommended. The boat ticket to Muong Ngoi was 110,000 K each, and we had to pay an additional 50,000 K for each of the bicycles.
Written 20 January 2019
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Ramon T
Emeryville, CA135 contributions
Dec 2018
My girlfriend and I arrived in Muang Khua because it was the closest town to the Vietnamese border. It's about a 5 hour bus ride from Dien Bien Phu and we just wanted to take a break from the windy, mountainous roads of northwestern Vietnam and Northeastern Laos.

I booked a room at Sansabay Guesthouse through Lonely Planet. Incidentally, the place is not even listed on TripAdvisor because I couldn't even write a review on it. We arrived at around 11 am after leaving Dien Bien Phu at 5:30 in the morning. As soon as we arrived at the center of town, we walked probably 50 meters to the deserted guesthouse where we waited awhile until a woman, without speaking ushered us quickly to our room, gave us our key, and pointed to the WIFI password posted on the wall of the room and promptly left us alone. And that was it. When we left the room to eat lunch, there was nobody about. Nada. It's as if they wanted us hidden and forgotten. Weird.

So my girlfriend and I go out to lunch and it's like the whole town is asleep or something and we find this roadside barbecue place that sold barbecued chicken tail and beer and that was lunch.

After lunch we walked down to the river and stumbled onto the waiting boats on the Nam Ou River. We saw the sign that said that there were regular boats leaving Muong Khua for Nong Khiaw and stopped along Muong Ngiao along the way. What a deal! If the boats had a minimum of 12 passengers we would only pay 110,000 Kip to get to Muong Ngoy. I don't remember how much it was to Nong Khiaw but it was only about 25,000 Kip from Muong Ngoy to Nong Khiaw which is only about 3 hour bus trip to Luang Prabang.

Walking around some more, we noticed that people didn't interact with us. Everytime we had a meal, we had to practically walk up to them to give our orders and walk up to them to pay. It was as if we didn't exist or something.

The next morning, at around 5:30 in the morning, my girlfriend and I were awakened by a bugle call, or reveille. Something I hadn't heard since I was in the military. It was followed by inspirational Lao martial music and then by a woman exhorting the whole village in Lao language. For a while, I thought we had accidentally stumbled into North Korea! That was funny for a few minutes till it lasted for a whole hour. Well, we found out that program came on everyday including Sundays.

After being in Laos for about a month and visiting about 5 other towns and villages in Laos, Muang Khua will remain an enigma and one of the strangest places I have ever visited. It's a cool place, no doubt, but it sure has its quirks.

Written 7 January 2019
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Cubalisky
alpes maritimes50 contributions
Aug 2017 • Friends
Very small village with not so much to do around, but you need this stop if you want to reach Nhong Khiaw.

Better if you already have few Laos kips, just in case that the automat doesn’t work, as it was our case.

Have a walk on the bridge night time and admire the sky. Watch children’s playing in the rivier and take the boat for an exceptional ride in the nature.
Enjoy !
Written 28 July 2018
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Katdixon2012
Queenstown, New Zealand7 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
We went on a 2 day trek with Mr Khamman, staying with a hill tribe village. The experience was amazing, very humbling to be welcomed into the village and the hiking through the jungle was hard work but lovely. Mr Khamman made the trip excellent - he looked after our comfort, had a good steady pace for walking and was very knowledgeable about the local area and local people. Because he is well educated, speaks good English and also Laos and the local dialect, he can get into depth about the fascinating contracts across the country. He also has a good relationship with the locals which meant we saw some amazing once in a lifetime stuff up close, eg a shaman performing a ritual and funeral preparations. Overall I thoroughly recommend doing a trek for muang khua and I definitely recommend Mr Khamman!
Written 13 March 2018
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olli r
Austria62 contributions
Feb 2018 • Solo
nice smalltown with little activities but a market, a few restaurants, guesthouses and you can do trekking
worth staying more than one night
friendly locals
Written 21 February 2018
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Where Is The World
Grande Prairie, Canada885 contributions
Jan 2018 • Family
I like Muang Khua. It’s a cute place with lots of character. The views of the river are nice.

It’s difficult to find many English speakers but that’s ok. It’s kind of a stopover town for river travellers so I think many people only stay one night.

The restaurant options are so-so, as are the accommodations.

Written 26 January 2018
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