Hugging a 25kms longish road between Udomxai and Phongsali, this small Tai Lu village of Muang La is picturesque and friendly. The lush vegetation and the town houses of wood and bamboo, are met by 2 rushing rivers – the Nam Phak and the Nam La. Although there is an ancient wat – Ban Longya, with a large stone claimed to have Buddha’s footprint, the real reason for visitors here are the hot springs. Explore restaurants and savor the fish from the Nam Phak – locally famed for being delicious. This gorgeous town is perfect for a day trip out of Udomxai, or as an overnight stay in Udomxai, and is located about 30mins by road from Udomxai.
A day trip (4×4) lets you explore and meet local ethnic groups of Ikhos and Hmong villages. Ascend 1000m to have memorable vantage views. First visit the isolated, beautiful Ikho village, an extremely traditional community from Yunnan and Tibet. Enjoy a picnic lunch with scenic views. Next, visit the Hmong village of Ban Tauser (45m walk) originally from Tibet’s high steppes. Discover their habits, lifestyles and how they keep their animals. Few mins further, enjoy 360* panoramic vistas.
Walk through the paddyfields
Enjoy a leisurely walk/trek through the picturesque town of Muang La, engulfed by lush green vegetation and houses made of wood and bamboo. Discover the daily life in the village of Pak La around the resort; see beautiful terraced rice paddy fields; admire the surrounding rich forests and nature; enjoy the general beauty of this town met by 2 rushing rivers – the Nam Phak and the Nam La.
Cycling through Villages
Set forth on cycles to the Khamu village on river Pak Nam’s banks. Admire scenic landscapes; discover and meet the local peasants at work, harvesting vegetables on the banks of the river. Discover the Khamu community at their daily life, learn of their respect for the wisdom of elders and the innocence of the youngest, and solidarity of the people. 11km further, arrive at the traditional Tad Muan village, where you will notice small traditional houses and different ways of hunting.