Local women ushered people from the boat pier to show their guest houses. The average price quoted by many was 60,000 kip (7.5$),however two of them quoted a little higher price 80,000 kip (10$), as they were the only two to offer the WIFI facility in that village.
Muang Ngoi Neua is a hideaway from the bustling cities of Laos like Luang Prabang or the capital city Vientiane or even Vang Vieng, flooded with backpackers. Muang Ngoi Neua is usually referred to as a place where people take a vacation from their vacation. So I certainly recommend staying offline and enjoying what Muang Ngoi Neua has to offer.
One main dirt road, too narrow for a vehicle to pass comfortably runs parallel to the Nam Ou river, and a few paths head off perpendicular to the road. The only main road has several guesthouses, restaurants and shops (one even filled with hundreds of carefully curated English and French books, which donates a share of profit towards the welfare of the village by selling books and other souvenirs to tourists). At the north end of the street lolls a beautiful Buddhist temple – Wat Okad.
Locals in the village live their life mostly outside their house, women cook the well-known sticky rice or Noodle Soups, some even have small stalls where locals and tourists can savor their food, men skillfully saw woods or knit a Lave or a Cast type fishing nets. Often you would hear “Sabaidi” the Lao way of greeting, when you walk around.
Just with a walk of 3 minutes from the main road behind the Lao owned Indian restaurant on the way to the Tham pha kaew caves is the only school of the village, “the school is managed by 3 teachers from the same village” says Mr.Non Phang one of the teachers.
Tham pha kaew along with the Tham Kang cave were used as bomb shelters during the Vietnam-war era. Every 10 days there is a regional market where tribal villagers come to trade.