Also popular among backpackers is this little town on the bank of Ou River north of Laos. It is beautifully surrounded by hills and limestone mountains with the opposite banks connected by bridge that serves as fascinating picture spot.
Some of the activities include a visit to the Pha Tok Caves, few hours hike to the viewpoint, slow boat ride on the river and light trek to the 100 waterfalls.
I spent LAO KIP 427,472 about PHP 2,480 (USD 52.77) for transportation and accommodation.
Exchange rate at the time of travel (July 2016) was
1 USD = 47 PHP = 8,100 LAK
Route Mode * Travel Time Amount
Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw Van + Local Bus 4 Hours 85,000 Bus Stop to Hotel Tuk Tuk 5 Minutes 5,000 Nong Khiaw to Vang Vieng Van + Sleeper Bus 9 Hours 220,000
I booked my trip to Nong Khiaw at my guesthouse. The bus ticket from local bus station to Nong Khiaw was only 37,000 Kip so I basically paid 48,000 Kip for the van from the guesthouse to the local bus station. I suggest that you just go to the bus station in a shared Tuk Tuk, you could probably get a cheaper fare.
1 night in Amphai Guesthouse 77,472 1 night in Delilah’s Dorm 30,000
I booked my hotel for my first night in Agoda and that’s the cheapest hotel listed. I found out there were several guesthouses and some were way way cheaper.
Pha Tok Caves 10,000
Halal food in an Indian Restaurant:
1. Aloo do piaz: 12,000; chapatie: 8,000; plain rice: 8,000; banana lassi: 10,000
2. Fried noodle: 20,000; mango lassi: 12,000
Lao soup in another restaurant nearby:
3. Chicken: 25,000
4. Vegetable: 20,000