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Nam Ngum Lake Day Trip from Vientiane

Vientiane, Laos

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  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water


Be ready in the morning for pickup from your centrally located Vientiane hotel. Your guide and driver will take you on a scenic drive north to Nam Ngum Lake. Depending on the weather and road conditions, the 55-mile (90-km) trip takes roughly 1.5 hours.
Stop along the way at Vang Xang, a small archaeological site built in the 11th century. See a selection of Buddha images, many of them still in their original state, on display. The site's picturesque location along a small river makes it an ideal break en route to your oft-overlooked destination.
Late in the morning, you'll arrive at Nam Ngum Reservoir for lunch at a local restaurant overlooking the lake. Listen to your guide describe the preservation efforts for this favorite weekend and holiday getaway for residents from the capital. Hear about the dam and its use as a hydroelectric power station for the country and surrounding Indochina neighbors. Initially part of the Nam Ngum River, the lake now covers 100 square miles (250 square km).
Next, take a 1-hour trip on the pristine waters of the lake aboard a traditional boat before it is time to make your way back to Vientiane. After disembarkation, you'll drive back via a southern route to include a final stop at Ban Keun (near Phou Khao Khoauy). Here, learn how the local community uses authentic means to glean salt from the ground water.
Your day trip ends with return to the city for hotel drop-off.


  • Lunch included at local restaurant (food only)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional guide
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Other entrance fees and expenses, such as other meals, drinks, tips and shopping, unless otherwise stated
  • Transfers from and to airport, sea/river ports, train stations that are located inside or outside of the city center are NOT included; supplements will be applied
  • Transfers from and to hotels and resorts that are located outside of the city center are NOT included; supplements will be applied
  • Tips and gratuities
Additional Info:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • This tour requires a minimum of 2 adults to book
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note that pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off
  • The mentioned excursion durations are approximations; we are unable to exactly predict the total duration from pick-up to drop-off based on unforeseen circumstances such as traffic and weather conditions and the routing the driver has to take to get all customers on the vehicle. We ask for your kind understanding that these are average times.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests

Meeting Point

Hotels located in the city center of Vientiane
Departure Time:
8:00 AM
Departure Comments:

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

Return Details:
Returns to original departure point
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