Welcome to Ang Nam Ngum
Located midway between Vientiane and Vang Vieng, Ang Nam Ngum is a vast artificial lake created when the Nam Ngum (Ngum River) was dammed in 1971. The highest peaks of the former river valley became forested islands after the inundation and, following the 1975 Pathet Lao conquest of Vientiane, an estimated 3000 prostitutes, petty criminals and drug addicts were rounded up from the capital and banished to two of these islands; one each for men and women. Today, the Nam Ngum hydroelectric plant generates most of the electricity used in the Vientiane area. Potential stops around the lake include Nam Tok Tat Khu Khana, the Vang Sang Buddhas and Nam Lik Eco-Village.