Oudomxay – photogenic mountain in Laos


Oudomxay is idyllic, picturesque, and sometimes hidden in the clouds as it is located at a high elevation. The province looks romantic and spectacular like a mountain basin between some green hills. It offers the dreamlike scenery for photography all year round. If you’re seeking for a photogenic site in Laos, then come to Oudomxay.

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About Oudomxay

Oudomxay (also called Muang Xay) is the capital city of the province of the same name in the northern Laos. The destination is served by Oudomsay Airport. Geographically, it refers to a mountain basin in the middle of the lush forested hills. Photogenic and charming throughout the year, this town becomes one of the most accessible sites in the far north of Laos.

It shares the border with Luang Prabang to the east, Sayabouri to the south, Phongsaly to the northeast, and a little connection with China. With the rugged mountains, the diverse forests, and the spacious fields, Oudomxay can enchant almost every visitor from the very first sights. Any corner becomes flattering once recorded.

Oudomxay Province

The province is supported by three major rivers including Nam Ou, Nam Tha, and Nam Beng. There are up to 23 ethnic minorities living there, and each follows their own culture, language, and costumes. The ethnic, cultural heritage is one of the most fantastic highlights to experience. Also, the ethnic villagers are excellent photogenic objects that you might love to take pictures of their happy or daily moments.

What to see

That Phouxaya

The heritage of That Phouxaya is located outside of the town, on top of the mountain. From this attraction, the visitors enjoy contemplating the surrounding valley and tranquil countryside. It is the bird-eye view that makes this attraction worth visiting and worshipping. While the monument is revered, the panoramic view enchants your eyes.

Chom Ong Cave

Chom Ong Cave

Located 45km from Oudomxay, just nearby the Khmu village, Chom Ong Cave is quite mysterious and sacred. Creeping around the cave system sounds adventurous to the cave explorers. The so-called spelunkers are predominantly interested in the roomy underground maze. Some parts of the system remain unexplored. In this context, you see some mountain ridges. Also, there notices the Nam Kaang River which flows just beneath the lower areas of the cave system. It might take hours to explore what is inside the cave and then reach the exit at the southern end of the river. The grotto discovery is best experienced with a tour guide’s support. Otherwise, make sure you come equipped with the necessary tools for cave exploration in groups!

Ban Yor Village

This is the village of the ethnic Tai Lue and Khmu people. In a remarkable manner, Ban Yor Village is specialized in the hands-on pottery workshop. It is where to witness how the villagers get the clay, identify some kinds of clay and create the different stylish pottery and bowls. Visiting this traditional village, you get some lessons about the local ethnic pottery. The available courses can help the visitors to get the real experience in shaping and decorating their own pots. Besides pottery, you can further learn about the handmade cotton in this long-lasting village. There stand out several workshops along the site for you to try dyeing and weaving cotton. In the end, pieces of the handmade cotton cloth are yours if you would like to bring them home.

Nam Kat Waterfall

Nam Kat Waterfall

Hiking to the isolated and spectacular Nam Kat Waterfall is one of the greatest things to do in Oudomxay. That said, this waterfall is buried in the dense jungle, and some people might forget about this found pristine world. But the trekking trail to the natural site deserves your attempt. When you see the 20m cascade, the colorful fish, and the far-off mountain, you say “this is a beautiful hidden paradise.” There is a transparent pool for a relaxing swimming activity. Later, you might want to come back to the exceptional Ban Faen Village to get some bamboo handicrafts, and take some unique photographs of the hidden site.

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