Same as Nong Khiaw, Muang Ngoi and Muang Khua are both small towns off the Nam Ou River.
This cute little town is about an hour by boat upstream from Nong Khiaw. It’s 25,000 kip and regular boats leave Nong Khiaw, making visiting this town a must-do.
You can also join hiking, kayaking and tubing tours in Muang Ngoi, but Nong Khiaw seems to offer better options and prices. There are also caves and waterfalls near by, but the draw to this town is the terrain. Muang Ngoi is even more encircled by mountains, and it’s a stunning sight in the mornings when the mountain tops are all covered by mist.
I was recommended to visit Muang Khua, about 6-7 hours by boat further upstream from Muang Ngoi. The journey was beautiful, but Muang Khua wasn’t. Unless you’re travelling to and from Vietnam, I’d say skip it. The journey is long and expensive, and there’s not a whole lot to do there.
It cost me 150,000 kip there and 120,000 kip back! Prices and boats leaving is very dependent on how many other travellers join you.