Mandala Ou Resort, Nong Khiaw

Mid-range - ££


Hidden away in the dense virgin rainforest on the steep banks of the Nam Ou River, Mandala Ou Resort in Nong Khiaw is the perfect spot to get away from the hustle and bustle that’s so ubiquitous in south-east Asia’s cities.

Explore caves and hike up to mountain viewpoints under your own steam, or take a guided tour that winds through atmospheric jungle, waterfalls and rice paddies. The natural landscape here really is something else, and this resort is ideally situated to explore it. Free guest bikes are available, so you can get around quickly.

Mandala Ou cares about sustainability and is in the process of going plastic-free. It offers bamboo drinking straws instead of plastic ones, cloth carrier bags, and has recently introduced reusable aluminium water bottles.

Its ten Lao-style bungalows are simple and furnished with rich, natural woods, giving the accommodation an elegant but homely feel.


Mandala Ou has a swimming pool overlooking the river – great for a dip to freshen up after a day hiking, or to spend an afternoon relaxing.

There’s an on-site restaurant serving Thai, Lao and western cuisine. Don’t turn in for the night before you’ve tried the cocktails and fresh fruit shakes served at the poolside bar!

Yoga fans, this is a superb option for you: there’s a yoga room with complementary yoga mats, and the resort even runs periodic yoga retreats.

Why We Love It

The bungalows’ view over a jungle valley makes it a really special place to wake up in the mornings.

Plan your stay at Mandala Ou Resort today.

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