Luang Namtha Travel Guide

  • A feel of local life.
    A feel of local life.
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  • Vie locale.
    Vie locale.
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  • Ban Nam Dee.
    Ban Nam Dee.
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Luang Namtha Things to Do

  • That Luang Namtha and Wat Samakyxay.

    At the top of the hill in the NW corner of the town is the That Luang Namtha and a Wat called Samakyxay which is still being built. The That is a stupa built in 2004 and replaced an older one that crumbled after most of LNT was destroyed during the Vietnam war. There is a good view up here over the town and the local football field. When we visited...

  • Over the bamboo bridge to Ban Chong Chai...

    One of the closest villages to visit from the centre of town is Chong Chai Tai. Just across the bamboo bridge down from the Post Office lies the village often shrouded in the early morning mist from the river. It is only possible to access the village via the bridge during November to May as the bridge is taken away during the wet season, otherwise...

  • Nam Tha bamboo bridge and river.

    Just down from the Phou Iu bungalow resort is the Nam Tha river with it's bamboo bridge used mainly by the villagers of Chong Chai Tai to get up to the town for supplies. The bridge is only in operation from November to May and is taken away during the wet season, otherwise it would be destroyed by the flood of the river. I walked across this...

  • Ban Nam Dee waterfall.

    About a km after the village there is a small parking lot on your right (it is signposted) with a ticket booth. After buying your ticket you start the climb up through pristine jungle, but the path is well marked. It's a pity that after crossing a bridge the track stops and unless you are a rock climber it is too difficult to get up any further....

  • Visit Ban Nam Dee (or Di)

    Ban Nam Dee is a little way out from LNT, about 7 kms, so necessity to hire a bike or scooter or take a tuktuk. Of course it is also possible to walk, but remember you have to come back too, and you won't find a tuktuk out there. This village is home to the Lanten minority, distinguishable by the bandages around the calves and their indigo clothes....

  • 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....

  • get a bike, go to explore

    About best mean to explore the area in vicinity of town is by bike. Have a ride around, visit villages and rice fields, there are some lovely views as taken from postcards. Bikes can be easily rented from various places in town for decent price. Traffic is more scarce than abundant which makes travelling pleasant and safe. And good thing about it:...


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Luang Namtha Restaurants

  • Not a restaurant but good food.

    Right in the centre of town is the food court giving onto the main street. There are many stands roughly built round a square where you can really view the wares before buying. Even taste a bit if you need to, the girls are very happy and cheerful and let you do so. We ate on both of our evenings in LNT and enjoyed it, a very good atmosphere....

  • 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...


Luang Namtha Transportation

  • Up to Muang Sing.

    Phou Iu III bungalows arranged for our bus trip up to Muang Sing and also 'phoned ahead to reserve our two nights at their sister resort Phou Iu II. It's necessary to take a tuktuk first to get out to the bus station and then a mini-bus to Muang Sing. We actually refused to get in the first one they wanted to get us in, two bald tyres and there...

  • Hire a scooter for the day.

    There is so little traffic in LNT, that even an inexperienced rider can hire out a scooter for the day. Even if you can't manage it, the price is so derisory you can always take it back. We hired ours from the Zuela Guesthouse rentals. Just opposite the food court there is an alley leading to the restaurant and guesthouse. Just before the GH on the...

  • new bus station and bus to Luang Prabang

    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...


Luang 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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