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Nam Ngum Lake Day Trip from Vientiane

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    What to Expect
    Your day trip starts with the approximate 55-mile (90-km) drive north of Vientiane to Nam Ngum Lake, which boasts a tranquil setting surrounded by different forms of traditional agriculture. The drive takes about 1.5 hours, depending on weather and road conditions; stop along the way at Vang Xang, a small archaeological site that dates back to the 11th century.

    Arrive at the lake in the late morning, and enjoy a relaxing meal at a restaurant overlooking the water. Learn from your guide about the efforts that have gone into preserving this weekend and holiday destination for locals who like to visit to escape the Laos capital. You’ll also hear about the dam and hydroelectric power station. Originally part of the Nam Ngum River until the dam was erected in 1971, the deep green lake covers an area of 100 square miles (250 square km).

    Hop aboard a traditional-style boat for a 1-hour ride across the pristine waters before making the drive back to Vientiane along a different route that includes a stop in the community of Ban Keun (near Phou Khao Khoauy), where locals engage in the traditional process of salt winning. Your day trip ends with return to the city for hotel drop-off.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Hotels located in the city center of Vientiane
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • 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
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • 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
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 16 July 2019

    Nothing special really. If you have been to Halong bay in Vietnam, this artificial lake is nothing. However, if you are in Vientiane, Laos and have a free day it is worth a visit. The trip takes you to the countryside across rice farms and...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
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    • Nam Ngum Dam
    • Duration: 9h
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    • Hotel Pickup
    • Languages Offered: English
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