We’ve been here for over a week now and it has to be said, Luang Namtha is one of those places that immediately feels like home. Everyone’s friendly and although there is the obvious language barrier, we’ve found it very easy to get by with broad gestures (mainly pointing at food) and big smiles. The staff at Bamboo Lounge where we’re volunteering are as amazing as the food. After five months in Asia eating fantastic food, a wood fired oven pizza tasted like a delicious treat from home! We’ve worked one to one with each member of the team teaching English and it’s been some of the most fun teaching we’ve done in Asia. There’s a real camaraderie between the people who work here and it’s great to be a part of it.
Yesterday we went on our first scooter excursion out of town to the Nam Dee waterfalls, they’re spectacular! It’s incredibly easy to rent a scooter, with rental costs being around 50,000 Kip for the full day, that’s about £4 in a currency we’ve almost forgotten. The fuel came to 10,000 Kip, which is unbelievably good value and so we spent the whole day exploring and taking photographs. Hiring a bicycle or scooter/motorbike is definitely one of the best ways to discover Luang Namtha.
The scenery is truly amazing and only 5 minutes from our front door. The rice fields stretch on for miles until they reach the mountains that surround this region. In a matter of minutes you can go from jungle to open, lush plains and all this not far from an ice cold beer! I think we’re really going to like this place.
So, plans for the next few weeks include, hiring a motorbike to ride to the Chinese border (what a sentence!), visiting the golden stupas, trekking into the Nam Ha National Protected Area and sampling some local food that we’ve been hearing a lot about these last few days…… We made a good choice coming here!