Nam Ou

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The Nam Ou (Laotian: ນ້ຳອູ [nâːm ùː], literally: "rice bowl river") is one of the most important rivers of Laos. It runs 448 km from Phongsaly Province to Luang Prabang Province[1]. Along with the Mekong, the Nam Ou is the only natural channel suitable for large-draft boat transportation. Near its confluence with the Mekong are the Pak Ou Caves, famous for their Buddha statues.

A ferryboat between Nong Kiau and Luang Prabang.
The 'Nam Ou' is an important transportation route in Laos.

Coordinates: 20°03′N 102°13′E / 20.050°N 102.217°E / 20.050; 102.217