Most people paddle the Ou just above Luang Prabang but its upper reaches near the Chinese border are more pristine, cutting through the undisturbed Phou Den Din NPA in which there are few villages. This is the longest inbound river in all of Laos is well known for its spectacular karsts formations and natural scenery.


Nam Ou River photoPhoto by fvfavo Nam Ou River photo


Map Location

Our Hotel Pick Near the Nam Ou River

Nam Ou River Lodge

Rating: 7.3/10

Nam Ou River Lodge offers comfortable rooms with river views and the convenience of a 24-hour front desk. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the residence.


From Wikipedia

The Nam Ou (Laotian: ນ້ຳອູ [nâːm ùː], literally: “rice bowl river”) is one of the most important rivers of Laos. It runs 448 km from Phongsaly Province to Luang Prabang Province. Along with the Mekong, the Nam Ou is the only natural channel suitable for large-draft boat transportation. Near its confluence with the Mekong are the Pak Ou Caves, famous for their Buddha statues.

Source: Wikipedia and Laos Tourism

Featured Photo by benklocek