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Scenic Muang La, just 28km from Udomxai towards Phongsali, offers a charming rural alternative to the 'big city'. This Tai Lü village sits at the confluence of the Nam La (La River) and Nam Phak (Phak River), attractively awash with palm trees. Its central feature is a classically styled temple that hosts one of northern Laos' most revered Buddha statues, the Pra Singkham Buddha.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Muang La is between October and May during the temperate dry season in Northern Laos. 
In particular, from November to March is winter, the weather will get colder, so bring warm clothes.

The wet season runs from late May to early October, the path up the mountains will be more difficult and the rains may interfere with your outside activities.

Check the below table for the general idea of Muang La weather throughout the year.

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 25.6 18.6 11.2
Feb 28.9 21.2 11.8
Mar 30.7 23.6 14.6
Apr 31.9 26.2 18.7
May 31.8 27.1 20.8
Jun 30.4 26.8 22.4
Jul 29.3 26.1 22.3
Aug 29.8 26 21.9
Sep 30 25.9 21.3
Oct 29.1 24.4 18.8
Nov 27 21.4 15.4
Dec 25.1 19.1 12.7

Muang La's current weather and 7-day forecast


Boasting emerald jade rice fields, friendly people, scenic rivers and wooden bridges, Muang La is a special corner of Laos that will entice and enchant visitors. Only a few hundred locals actually live here. Located in Northern Laos, one might expect Muang La to have a distinct climate and unique set of cultures. The natural beauty of Muang La is enhanced by hill tribes such as the Ikhos, Khmu and the Hmong. Mountain biking, cycling, trekking, photography, champagne, a second honeymoon and wedding vow renewal via the Baci ceremony, a visit to an ancient local temple, stunning sunsets and awesome displays of stars in the night sky are just some of the things that make Muang La so special. It is also an ideal place to base yourself for a few days to explore the scenic surrounding area.

Let’s explore what to do in the pretty region!

Visit Wat Pha Singkham

Wat Pha Singkham is a holy temple that is believed to be able to make wishes come true. Therefore, every year, a lot of people come here to ask a wish. Indeed, this is not an old temple but it remains the sacred 400-year-old Buddha statue of this nation, which is the most attractive thing of Wat Pha Singkham. Anyway, its architecture is pretty impressing with curved roofs.

Visiting hot springs

Hot springs are very popular in Muang La. It is considered as a perfect treat for the aches and pains, bringing you with exciting and relaxing feelings. The sides of the springs are covered by tub stones so that people can soak in the warm water while admiring the picturesque scenery. Just feel the fascination of hot springs in Muang La.


Being a mountainous area, trekking would be a favorite activity when traveling to Muang La. The way to the peak of the mountain may be dangerous but it would bring you interesting experiences. You would see a lot of wooden small houses scattered on the sides of the roads. Green forests and paddy fields appear in front of your eyes. On the top of the hill, just take a deep breath and take an overview of Muang La, feeling the peaceful atmosphere of this charming rural area.

Mountain biking

Another choice for someone who does not want to trek is mountain biking. You can hire a bicycle and begin your trip to discover rural beauty of Muang La. You can have a picnic lunch to take a rest before you continue your trip in the afternoon.

River cruising to see hill tribe villages

Undertake a river cruise and accompanying trek to visit with hill tribes such as the Ikhos, Hmong and Khmu. Enjoy an authentic meal in one of the homes of the local hill tribes. The Ikhos came from Yunnan and Tibet between 1799 and 1809. The Hmong are a rugged people who are also found in Vietnam, where they are called Montagnards.

The treks take between two and three hours and are conducted above three-quarters of a mile above sea level. The Hmong village of Ban Tauser offers a spectacular 360 view of the surrounding area. Talk with the Hmong about their ancestors who once tamed the high steppes of Tibet. The Khmu are one of the largest ethnic groups in Laos and are found in China and Myanmar as well. The Khmu are one of the oldest peoples in Laos and their presence in China goes back to 40,000 B.C.

Admire Nam Kai Waterfall

Being a rural mountainous region, you would see many waterfalls in Muang La, one of them that you shouldn’t miss is Nam Kai Waterfall. Whitewater flow pouring into the river looks so majestic. Travel to Muang La without seeing this waterfall would be a shame.

Homestay in Muang La

One experience that almost tourists feel excited is homestay in houses of ethnic people. You would eat meals with local people and have mutual daily activities with them. Acquiring knowledge of the local culture is a great thing as it is totally different from yours. You also can help the host with housework and farming. That would be amazing!

Photography in Muang La

Muang La is situated between Oudomxay and Phongsaly and the gorgeous lush greenery and bamboo houses are augmented by the weaters of the Nam La and the Nam Pak. Engage in photography along the Nam Pak River as you investigate nature and the antique way of life which lured the French colonialists. Forests, gilded temples and pagodas are tempting photographic targets, but the quiet banks of the Nam La offer the chance for fishing, nature observation and splendid photography – especially at dawn and at sunset.

In Muang La, you have the choice between ultra basic or luxury. However, the basic accommodation here was not rated well. 

You have only luxury option of staying at Muang La Lodge.

Situated in  Ban Viengkham, Muang La, Muang La Lodge features free WiFi, and guests can enjoy a restaurant, free bikes and an outdoor swimming pool.

There is a private bathroom with shower and a hairdryer in each unit, along with free toiletries.

Continental and à la carte breakfast options are available each morning at the lodge.

Muang La Lodge offers a range of wellness facilities including a hot spring bath, a hammam and a sauna.

A sun terrace can be found at the accommodation, along with a garden.

Regarding Laos cuisine, people always think about the popular dishes such as sticky rice, minced meat salad, green papaya salad, Laos sausage, and so on. One of the special features in Laos cuisine is that Laotians use a lot of herbs in the dishes, so does Muang la. When coming to Muang La – a beautiful town of Laos, if you wonder what to eat, here are some tasty dishes that you must try.

Steamed Fish – Mok Pa

Mok Pa is steamed fish which is wrapped in banana leaves and tied with bamboo sticks. As a result, it’s juicy and moist. It’s made from really fresh fish with different kinds of herbs including lemongrass, kaffir leaves, green onions, fish sauce, green chillis, shrimp paste, and fresh dill and spices which bring a unique aroma and taste. Hot steamed fish goes really well with sticky rice.

Grilled chicken – Ping kai

A whole chicken is marinated with a bundle of herbs, garlic, black pepper, fish sauce, and more overnight, then grilled on charcoals. After one bite, you will fall in love with this dish. You will taste all the flavors of spices, crispy skin, and juicy meat. It has the great aroma from herbs and smoky fragrant from grilling in charcoals. One hand you hold some sticky rice, one hand you hold a piece of chicken. It’s definitely a feast of the gods. In the end of your meal, you will smile with the satisfaction.

Baguette Paté – Khao Jii Paté

Khao Jii Paté is similar to Vietnamese Banh Mi. It’s a popular street food dish. The baguette is filled with watercress, grated carrots, and a good amount of chile-garlic sauce instead of pickle, cilantro, and cucumbers like Vietnam version and Vietnamese Banh Mi have more options of filling to choose than Laos Baguette Paté. However, it’s a quick meal for breakfast and lunch.

Noodle soup – Khao Piak Sen

Khao Piak Sen is a chewy noodle soup that has a similar consistency to Pho in Vietnam. The broth is made from slowly cooked bones which bring the taste and sweetness. It’s garnished with pork or chicken, or beef and served with chopped coriander leaves, bean sprouts, and freshly sliced limes. It is considered as a comfort food for breakfast, lunch, and even for dinner. 

Lao Beer

Beer is not technically food, it’s a kind of drink. Lao beer is the most famous beer brand in Laos and an essential part of Lao meal. Laotian uses a lot of chilis and herbs in every dish, so a glass of cold beer is a great companion of any dish.

Here are some suggestions of what to eat for you to enjoy when traveling to Muang La. Food vary in flavor, and taste depending on each restaurant and vendor. However, you will be completely satisfied with anything.

You can find these in basic food spots around town or for something more salubrious pop into Muang La Resort.

By air

Muang La does not have an airport, you can only fly to Oudomxay airport then travel by road to Muang La. 

There are some flights from Vientiane to Oudomxay (the only option of nonstop flights to Oudomxay)

The driving distance between Oudomxay to Muang La is 29 km. It takes approximately 27 min to drive from Oudomxay to Muang La.

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There are also bus options to Muang La. 

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