MUANG NGOI TREK (KEW KHAN)
Embark on a two-day trek from Ban Ngoi Kao on the Ou River and spend the night in a Khmu village guest house while experiencing the community's forest way of life.
Day 1: Leave Ngoi Kao by foot at about 01:00PM and hike to Tam Gang and Tam Pha Keo Caves, which are situated about 30 minutres from the village. These cool, water-filled caves are several kilometers in length with waterfalls and rock formations inside, and were used as bomb shelters during several wars.
Leaving the caves, the trail continues for 1.5 hours through fields and towering limestone cliffs before arriving at Ban Houay Sens. Take a short break with refreshments in the village rest house before continuing to Ban Kew Khan on a two-hour climb through primary forest with beautiful views of the limestone peaks.
Ban Kew Khan is a friendly Khmu village where visitors can can watch baskets being made, take photos of the traditional Khmu homes, and bathe in the natural spring. After eating a locally-prepared meal and participating in a baci eceremony, trekkers overnight in the two community guest houses, constructed in the Khamu style.
Day 2: After breakfast, trekkers journey three to four hours to Ban Hadsapeuy on the Ou River. From Ban Kew Khan, the trail makes a brief climb before descending through the forest and fields to arrive at a stream.
The next hour is spent on a shady walk in the river, before emerging to hike a small group of hills to Ban Hadsapeuy. Take a break with refreshments including fresh coconut before boarding a local boat for a stunning 30-minute trip down the river to Muang Ngoi. Kayaking back to town can also be arranged.