The Slow Boat vs. Northern Laos

There are 2 popular ways to get to Luang Prabang, Laos from Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in northern Thailand: The slow boat; a crammed, diesel chugging, sweltering jaunt down the increasingly developed Mekong river including passing through dams and sitting on hard wooden seats for 2 days solid. Venturing overland via Luang Namtha through […]

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How To Get To Luang Namtha?

Nam Tha river and the Nam Ha NPA jungle

Naturally beautiful and ethnically diverse Luang Namtha province is situated at the northwest tip of Laos with Luang Namtha town and the famous Nam Ha national park at its centre. It is a town with many choices for accommodation and places to eat and provides an excellent base to get out and explore the surrounding […]

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Getting to Luang Namtha from Thailand

Mountain views on the way to Luang Namtha

If you’re in northern Thailand, it’s really easy to get to Luang Namtha.  The border at Chiang Khong (Thailand) and Huay Xai (Laos) is only 2.5 hours from Chiang Rai and can be reached by a half hourly bus.  The bus drops you off in Chiang Khong, where you will need to get a tuk […]

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