In the far north of Laos, the lush, mountainous province of Oudomxay shares its northern border with China and presents a corner of South East Asia yet to be touched by mass tourism. Within the fertile rainforest, the region is home to over 500 villages where traditional life still prevails, albeit in varying forms; there are 23 ethnic minorities who live in Oudomxay, and each have their own language and customs.
For those who think they know South East Asia, Oudomxay offers the chance to test that knowledge. Here you’ll find verdant, untouched rainforest to be explored; mountain peaks offering panoramic views across the rural, fertile terrain; ancient temples without the tourist crowds; and warm, friendly tribal villages when visitors can discover a traditional Lao lifestyle.
Some of our favourite sights around the region include the tranquil Huay Nam Kat Waterfall, the baw nam hawn hot springs in Muang La, and the expansive, cathedral-like Chom Ong Cave, from which the Nam Kaeng River flows.
When to go
February to March is the warm and dry season; April to September is the rainy season; and October until January is the cold and dry season.
What to do
- Rainforest trekking
- Visits to tribal villages
- Waterfall walks
- Cave exploration
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