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Muang La

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Boasting emerald jade rice fields, friendly people, scenic rivers and wooden bridges, Muang La is a special corner of Laos that will entice and enchant visitors. Only a few hundred locals actually live here. Located in Northern Laos, one might expect Muang La to have a distinct climate and unique set of cultures. The natural beauty of Muang La is enhanced by hill tribes such as the Ikhos, Khmu and the Hmong. Mountain biking, cycling, trekking, photography, champagne, a second honeymoon and wedding vow renewal via the Baci ceremony, a visit to an ancient local temple, stunning sunsets and awesome displays of stars in the night sky are just some of the things that make Muang La so special. It is also an ideal place to base yourself for a few days to explore the scenic surrounding area.

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Whilst small, this friendly local village is attractive, and has a small local temple as well as a couple local restaurants to explore.

Lieng Thammasith
Laos Travel Specialist

Things to See and Do in Muang La

Cruise-to-see-hill-tribe-villages

Cruise to see hill tribe villages

Undertake a river cruise and accompanying trek to visit with hill tribes such as the Ikhos, Hmong and Khmu. Enjoy an authentic meal in one of the homes of the local hill tribes. The Ikhos came from Yunnan and Tibet between 1799 and 1809. The Hmong are a rugged people who are also found in Vietnam, where they are called Montagnards. The treks take between two and three hours and are conducted above three-quarters of a mile above sea level. The Hmong village of Ban Tauser offers a spectacular 360 view of the surrounding area. Talk with the Hmong about their ancestors who once tamed the high steppes of Tibet. The Khmu are one of the largest ethnic groups in Laos and are found in China and Myanmar as well. The Khmu are one of the oldest peoples in Laos and their presence in China goes back to 40,000 B.C.

Buddha’s footprint relic at Ban Longya

Buddha’s footprint relic at Ban Longya

Visit a beautiful and ancient Wat – one of the main highlights of Muang La. Buddhism is an integral part of life in Southeast Asia. Engage in a meditation ritual at a local monastery and take in the chanting and incense. As you pursue cross-cultural and inter-religious understanding, meeting with a local monk and gain a deeper perspective on the Buddhist faith and its role in life in Laos. Ban Longya is the site of a Wat believed to house the Buddha’s footprint.

Hiking-and-natural-hot spring tour

​Hiking and natural hot spring tour

Trek from one stunning vista to the next, taking in the mountains, rivers, hill tribes and other sights before soaking your tired body in natural hot springs which bubble with healing powers.

Photography-in-​Muang-La

Photography in ​Muang La

Muang La is situated between Oudomxay and Phongsaly and the gorgeous lush greenery and bamboo houses are augmented by the weaters of the Nam La and the Nam Pak. Engage in photography along the Nam Pak River as you investigate nature and the antique way of life which lured the French colonialists. Forests, gilded temples and pagodas are tempting photographic targets, but the quiet banks of the Nam La offer the chance for fishing, nature observation and splendid photography – especially at dawn and at sunset.


Best Time to Visit Muang La

The best time to visit Muang La is between October and May during the temperate dry season in Northern Laos. June sees the beginning of warmer weather, but it's relatively cool in this mountainous region throughout the year.

Max Temperature(ºC)
Jan
18
Feb
20
Mar
22
Apr
25
May
27
Jun
27
Jul
26
Aug
26
Sep
26
Oct
24
Nov
21
Dec
19
Rainfall (mm)
Jan
11
Feb
30
Mar
36
Apr
85
May
169
Jun
222
Jul
318
Aug
339
Sep
144
Oct
69
Nov
33
Dec
20
Month
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

JAN
18ºC
11mm

FEB
20ºC
30mm

MAR
22ºC
36mm

APR
25ºC
85mm

MAY
27ºC
169mm

JUN
27ºC
222mm

JUL
26ºC
318mm

AUG
26ºC
339mm

SEP
26ºC
144mm

OCT
24ºC
69mm

NOV
21ºC
33mm

DEC
19ºC
20mm

Suggested Itineraries

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel to Muang La, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Muang La on a bespoke touring itinerary to Laos, do not hesitate to contact us.