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  • Luang Namtha

    • Located: Northwestern Laos (Northern Provinces)
    • Total area: 9,391 square kilometers
    • Population: 185,436
    • 05 Districts: Namtha, Muang Sing, Muang Long, Viengphoukha & Nalae
    • Capital of the province: Namtha

    The largest settlement in the northwest of Laos, Luang Namtha is an ideal launching point for excursions to visit the various hill tribes, or ethnic minorities who dress distinctly, practice different customs, and go about the same, day-to-day lives, as they have for centuries. The town suffered extensive damage during the Vietnam War; today, however, Luang Namtha has rebuilt, and positioned itself as the gateway to Laos’ northwest.

    Hill Tribe Villages
    Visit hill tribes such as the Black Tai, Red Tai, White Tai, Tai Lue, Khmu, Oo, Lao Bit, Lanten, Mien, Hmong, Akha, Lahu, and Phou Noi, whose lives are almost completely untouched by the outside world. They dwell in modest shelters they build themselves, eat unprocessed natural foods, and live lives generally uncomplicated by the trappings and technological complexities of modern society.

    Nam Tha River
    Go kayaking on the Nam Tha River, the heart of the Nam Ha Protected Area. Start your kayaking at Ban Thai, a small village populated by the Black Tai people. The river meanders through several forests with different species of tree that appeal to a variety of local inhabitants: sun bear, tiger, barking deer and many birds. The class of rapids here is gentle, mostly grade 1 or 2.

    Luang Namtha Museum
    Visit the Luang Namtha Museum, which has a collection of artifacts by local minorities and also an important section on the Lao revolution, of which there is surprisingly little information available in the West.

    Village Dinner
    Have dinner with a local village headman and his family. They will give you an informal Lao cooking demonstration and tasting before you sit down to a traditional Laotian meal of sticky rice that you roll into a ball in your hand, dip into chili paste and then eat together with vegetables and meats.

    Ban Nam Dee
    Stop at Ban Nam Dee where you can watch bamboo paper-making. Bamboo is one of the most versatile crops grown in Laos; besides a dietary staple, bamboo is also used to build houses and furniture, weave mats, make tools, water pipes, toys, and smoking pipes and much more.

    Yunnan to Laos Overland (13D12N)

    Yunnan to Laos Overland (13D12N)

    13
    Days
    Kunming → Shilin → Jinghong → Xishuangbanna → Mengla → Luang Namtha → oudomxay → Nong Khiaw → Luang Prabang → Ock Pop Tok
    Enjoy our "Yunnan Laos Overland" adventure tour of an epic overland trip to Laos. Start from China, this trip passes through the lands between Kunming and Luang Prabang. Discover stunning landscapes that very few travelers get to see, from remote villages with colourfully-costumed residents...
    Adventure Northern Laos (10D9N)

    Adventure Northern Laos (10D9N)

    10
    Days
    Luang Prabang → Luang Namtha → Muang Sing → Nong Khiaw → Houaphanh → Xam Neua - Vieng Xai → Muang Kham → Xieng Khouang → Plain Of Jars
    This 10-day South East Asian odyssey travels from Luang Prabang, on foot, by car, boat and tuk-tuk to the heart of Northern Laos. See the mysterious Plain of Jars and ancient ruins of Xieng Khoang, stunning scenery and the best part is the chance...
    Phou Iu III Bungalows

    Phou Iu III Bungalows

    The “Phou Iu III Bungalows” are premiered Eco-lodges, sandwiched between the Nam Tha River and the Luang Namtha Night Market, which is but at ten minutes walking distance with OASIS place. Phou Iu, is also a travel agency that can offer you guided treks...
    Amandra Villa

    Amandra Villa

    Amandra Villa is the premier ecotourism lodge (Eco-lodge) in Luang Namtha, Laos' northwestern most province, with access to the Nam Ha Protected Area, the Namtha River and Lao ethnic villages for rafting, trekking, and biking trips. We are located 300 M from the night...
    Zuela Guesthouse

    Zuela Guesthouse

    Zuela Guesthouse’s very friendly English-speaking staff and its reputation have made it a popular choice. A wide variety of rooms are available in two separate wooden and brick buildings, part of a compound that includes a good restaurant and bicycle/motorbike rental. The cheap rooms are...
    Boat Landing Guesthouse

    Boat Landing Guesthouse

    The Boat Landing Guest House has a lot to live up to, once earning the accolade of being Jo Cummins' favourite property in South-East Asia (Cummins writes for the Lonely Planet). The Boat Landing does its best to live up to this high...
    Thoulasith Guesthouse

    Thoulasith Guesthouse

    Designed for both business and leisure travel, Thoulasith Guesthouse is ideally situated in City Center; one of the city's most popular locales. Situated only 0 Km from the city center, guests are well located to enjoy the town's attractions and activities. A well-kempt environment...