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Luang Nam Tha

Luang Nam Tha, Laos is a trekker's paradise, with lush jungles, cascading waterfalls, and breathtaking viewpoints. Explore hidden villages where ethnic minorities preserve ancient traditions. Hike through stunning scenery, and learn about the unique culture of this captivating region. Luang Nam Tha promises an unforgettable escape for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

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Overview Luang Nam Tha

1. LOCATION

It will be a long through mountainous and river trip but also a tempting one. Laid in the far northwestern of Laos, bordering China and Myanmar, and the center of the mountainous area, Luang Namtha is a tiny lovely town, with plentiful astounding waterfalls, streams, natural forest, and many particular ethnic villages.

Overview of Luang Nam Tha

Overview of Luang Nam Tha

Because of its remote location, so it’s a little tough to travel by motorbike or you can make it much easier by having a short flight in the national airport.

2. BEST TIME TO VISIT LUANG NAMTHA

Due to the mountainous location, the weather mostly takes easy and pleasure around the year, an the available seasons of the region are dry and rainy.

From October to February next year is considered to be the best visiting point of all, with cool weather from 10 - 20°C but in some extreme point of winter, the temperature can go down to 0°C. In addition, lots of local events and daily activities will take place, and observable also supports you for best photo shooting.

From May to October is rainy time and can turn heavy, a flood could be caused. The hottest seasons occur from March to April but people can still bear the temperature of 25°C (average), this period is also considered as the second appropriate time for a visit. Best time or not, now it is up to you.

3. THINGS TO DO IN LUANG NAMTHA

Be Overwhelmed at Nam Dee Waterfall

One of the best waterfalls in Luang Namtha would be recommended to the tourist is Nam Dee waterfall, which is located 6km northeast away of the town center. Like other views of a magnificent waterfall, the place just provides you similar site of high flowing down water, jungle embrace along the riverside and the fresh atmosphere it can offer.

Not to mention there is a remarkable of bamboo village near the waterfalls, they own the special skill to make paper from bamboo. Otherwise, you could pay a visit to stunning Pha Yeung or Nam Keo as well.

Nam Dee Waterfall in Luang Nam Tha

Nam Dee Waterfall in Luang Nam Tha

Respect is Shown at Luang Namtha Golden Stupa

Buddhism is one religion that turned into people's culture. When visiting Luang Namtha, don’t forget to pay a short visit to its famous Golden Stupa- Namngeen. The temple is covered with gold and has a fancy structure, it will highlight your Asia temples collection (if you have one) or can be a memorable experience. If you still have time, visit Samakkhixay Stupa would be nice, it provides a different outlook.

Entering costs about 3 USD, which they call it donation fee, just don’t bother it.

Visit Nam Ha NPA

This border province is the home of many large national parks, one typical of it is Nam Ha NPA, which means National Protected Area and is one ideal spot to contemplate original nature. Besides, you can see wild animals from the wild jungle, and if lucky, you can also see the dangerous substances of a tiger, and leopards when they roam.

Nam Ha NPA in Luang Nam Tha

Nam Ha NPA in Luang Nam Tha

Local villages are scattered everywhere in the area, you could choose to explore several of them, sure it will be an interesting experience. Furthermore, as convenient, you should go kayaking on the Nam Ha River and join the moody fish hatching with locals there.

To get to the place, travel by motorbike would be nice, cost about 10 USD for a day.

Motorbike around the Sea of Paddies

It is a motorbike that is the most convenient to travel to many destinations. When getting out of the little town of Luang Namtha, you will reach other regions of endless rice-growing fields like Muang Nala, Vieng Phouka and Muang Sing. On your way sightseeing, you will see locals and ethnic minorities wearing their traditional costumes, hatching goods in the field, or resting in little-leaf cottages. Moreover, you can stop by some villages for some pictures.

Eat out in the Night Market

Night Market is typical of Asia activities, even in this remote land, you can get yourself in a little cozy but own diverse dishes at Night Market. They have plenty of local dishes, snacks, sweets, drinks, barbecued meat, and many more as you can see. Pick a spot and wait till the food is ready, they will serve it to you, or you can hunt around for the market specials.

Price is incredibly cheap, from 1 - 4 USD for all kinds. They usually open from 05:00 pm to 11:00 pm. The end of the day by enjoying the night atmosphere in such a mountainous region is definitely a relaxing moment.

4. THINGS TO BUY IN LUANG NAMTHA

Local food

As most tourists say this is not a place for souvenirs but a haven for local foods. You should go to Luang Namtha Morning Market for fresh products and Night Market for various kinds of local dishes from stalls.

Local food in Luang Nam Tha

Local food in Luang Nam Tha

The town is composed of many ethnicities that live in Laos like Hmong, Akha, Lanten, and Yao. So not only Laos famous food like Khao Niaw (sticky rice with sweaty flavor), Mok Pa (steamed fish), Khao Piak Sen (wet noodles), and Sai Uah (Lao Sausages) that you could find in the market, but also some ethnic cuisines as well, otherwise, you can have some ethnic flavor when traveling to some particular villages.

Local goods

When traveling to villages, you meet the ethnic minority, each tribe has its own style of making goods. More particularly, the Yao provides hats, natural paper, and women's traditional clothes and wearing.

Hmong provides small embroidered bags with a nice local pattern of square and triangle.

The Akha tribe produces unique vine string shoulder bags and their Akha traditional costume. Most ethnic goods are made by hand so don’t be surprised if it is overpriced a bit.

5. DOS & DON'TS

“When in Rome, do as the Romans do”, sure that it is also applied to tourists, remember the rules for your comfort.

  • Put your palms together then bow and say SAD-BAI-DEE to show respect when greeting.
  • Wear properly, the best is to cover your shoulder, chest, and knees.
  • Ask first when you want to film or take photos
  • Take off your shoes and shocks when entering a Laotian home.
  • Don’t use flash when shooting
  • Don’t make too much noise in temples
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