1. Laos
  2. Vientiane Prefecture
  3. Vientiane
  4. Nam Ngum Reservoir

From Vientiane: Nam Ngum Reservoir Private Day Trip

Product ID: 273007
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Escape the busy city on a day trip to discover the Laotian way of life. Visit the 11th-century archaeological site of Vang Xang, Dong Mark Khai Market, and a quaint fishing village.
About this activity
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Duration 8 hours
Starting time 8:30 AM
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Live tour guide

Pickup included

Pickup is from your hotel lobby in Vientiane city center. Please be ready at least 10 minutes before the scheduled pickup time.

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  • Enjoy a day trip to Nam Ngum Reservoir and admire the beautiful surrounding mountains and blue water
  • Discover over a millennia of history at an archaeological site
  • Have a local lunch at a floating restaurant right on the lake
  • Visit Ban Keun, a traditional salt extraction site
  • Soak up more local culture at a famed traditional market
Full description
Start your day with pickup at your hotel in Vientiane around 8.30 AM. Drive north to Nam Ngum Reservoir, a 250-square-kilometer (96.5-square-mile) lake with beaches and swimming spots located about 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Vientiane.

On the way, stop at the Hmong Village to see the local market and meet the hill-tribe people. Continue to visit the archaeological sites of Vang Xang, built during the Hmong-Khmer Empire between the 8th and 11th centuries.

Upon arrival at Nam Ngum Reservoir at noon, tuck into a local lunch served at the boat restaurant on the lake itself. After lunch, embark for an approximately 1.5-hour boat ride to discover fishing villages on the islands.

On the way back to Vientiane, pay a visit to a traditional salt abstraction site at Ban Keun. Continue to Dong Mark Khai Market where local people gather to sell wild animals and a large selection of insects. You will reach your hotel in Vientiane in the late afternoon around 5 PM.
  • Private air-conditioned transportation
  • Car insurance
  • English-speaking guide
  • Admission fee and boat trip
  • Lunch
  • Mineral water
What’s Not Included
  • German, Spanish, French, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Russian, and Vietnamese-speaking guides (available as add-on)
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Please be ready at your hotel lobby at least 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time
• Gratuities are not included; it is recommended to tip the guide 15-20% at the end of the tour

From US$ 135 per person