Louang Namtha Travel Guide

  • Emerald green Nature
    Emerald green Nature
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    a day trek
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Louang Namtha Things to Do

  • Trekking, Mountaineering

    In groups with a guided Tour through the mountainous National Parks it is great experiencing ones in your life how it feels to be in the jungle to observe the nature and sounds of the wild birds and experience the stunning natural beauty on top of the emerald green mountains.

  • Visit Ban Nam Di

    From the centre of town head down the road at the back of the tourist office which will lead to a rickety bridge crossing the river, turn left and you will come to a small village, walk straight through it and eventually you will come to the main road where ther is another small road leading to the village of Ban Nam Di (which means village of good...

  • visit the stupa for good view of town

    From the town you will probably see a stupa in the distance, head in that direction and cross the football field and you will head up hill until you reach the road leading to the stupa. The monks will be glad to open the door so you can see the display inside the stupa. The site offers good panoramic views of the town and sometimes a cool breeze....


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Louang Namtha Restaurants

  • eat out

    Off of the main street is a night market which sells some delicious food. It is quite new and when you enter there are various stalls selling spicy papaya salad, grilled chicken, duck, shakes, beer and an assortment of other tasty treats. Inside the main building local people are selling more local food. We were quite satisfied with a bowl of...

  • try the local delicacies

    This restaurant allows you to sample meals from the local minorities as well as the usual dishes,which is right on the main road next to Thoulasith GH. the building is native style and has an excellent notice board at the entrance with many literature and foto albums. There is also a tourist information desk where you can arrange treks and onward...

  • family restaurant with view

    Panda is small, nice place in Luang Nam Tha a few steps from the main road. Family takes care of it, cook and serve the dishes and we found ourselves eating there few times: they fry delicious fish and Lao foods. On the menu they also have few western dishes (and sandwiches) and shakes with affordable prices. All the food is served on the wooden...


Louang Namtha Transportation

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    by picek Updated Jun 13, 2009

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    New bus station means new location: inconveniently far from the city centre - the Lao way of keeping tuk-tuk drivers in business. That one is 9 km far from the town and it takes about 20 min by tuk-tuk to get there. Tuk tuk charged 15 000 KIP per person for that ride. If you head to LPB or VTE direction, there are/is bus in the morning only and if you want good seat, you have to be there very early. You cannot stop those buses from somewhere near centre because they completely bypass it.

    Bus to LPB leaves between 9:30 - 10:30 am (according to schedule at 9:30), depends when it gets full enough. Be ready for a long ride through mountainous countryside and note that many locals do not stand the trip well - with lots of vomiting left and right to your ears you will not enjoy sitting in the back of the bus - front seats are much better. There's lunch stop in Oudomxay bus station. It takes 9 - 12 hrs to LPB - so take plenty of snacks. If you prefer alternative to local bus, take mini bus or vans (arrange with your GH or agency) which cost few 10 000 KIP more. Price (in 2009): 65 000 KIP/per if you buy directly at the station.

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Louang Namtha Warnings and Dangers


    Allow plenty time if travelling between Louang Namtha and Udomxai as we were held up for 2 hours because of an accident---two times--the same on the return trip a few days later!!

  • photo? no photos!

    Here's warning once again - you're in province which has lots of minorities (others call them 'hill tirbes') and some of the groups don't want that you take photos of them. You always have to ask before you want to do so and if you do it against their will they may be offended (and the spirits too). Once the spirits are offended it requres...

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    by davidjo Written Mar 3, 2012

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    Favorite thing: While staying in Louang Namtha my wife found herself extremely sick, up all night vomiting, unable to walk 500m to the local hospital. the hospital was a clean building but many patients were admitted to the wards with serious complaints.We had to wait for a female doctor to start her shift as the morning doctor could not speak english, then she examined my wife and exchanged some pleasant conversations before sending us off to the hospital pharmacy. She was prescribed 5 types of medicine for a few dollars then when we reported back to her office to thank her, she informed us that we still had to pay for the consultation fee, which happened to be only 5,000 kip. Next day my wife had made a full recovery, so let's thank the local hospital.

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