Doing An Ethnic Minority Village Homestay In Luang Namtha

Doing a homestay at a local ethnic minority village is an experience not to be missed while you are in Luang Namtha. One of the biggest draw-cards of visiting Luang Namtha is visiting some of the different minority tribes (the other is exploring the lush, untouched Nam Ha national protected area) as this area of […]

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Things To Do In Luang Namtha When You Aren’t Out On A Tour…

It’s true that Luang Namtha is a trekking mecca and fast becoming one of the hottest trekking and cultural destinations in South East Asia, especially as people increasingly realize it offers a much more authentic, untouched experience than destinations such as Sapa in northern Vietnam or Chiang Mai in Thailand. The eco-tourism initiative in Luang […]

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Sightseeing Around Luang Namtha Town On 2 Wheels

Luang Namtha attractions

This blog post is inspired by one of our most common questions at Forest Retreat Laos from tourists to Luang Namtha “what is there to see and do around the town on bicycle?”… Luang Namtha town is situated on the western side of a huge, flat valley surrounded 360° by green, rolling mountains (with the […]

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The Luang Namtha Fresh Market

Luang Namtha's fresh market

So you think you have seen it all at produce markets in South East Asia? Wrong! You haven’t seen the Luang Namtha fresh market; one of the coolest of the many we have seen throughout South East Asia. For a start the local ladies running the market are lovely, encouraging you to try a free […]

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10 Reasons To Choose Luang Namtha

Luang Namtha's ethnic diversity

Laos is a very spread out country so, if you come to Laos for a holiday there are many options of places to visit. This is why you should seriously consider choosing to come to  Luang Namtha in the countries far north: 1. The food! The food of forested northern Laos is some of the […]

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Luang Namtha By Bike

Luang Namtha traffic jam

Luang Namtha town is situated in a huge rice and river covered valley; surrounded on all sides by stunning emerald green mountains. The mountains are where the Nam Ha NPA is located (and most can’t be biked up because there are no roads), but there are plenty of local attractions to see by bicycle or […]

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Luang Namtha’s World Famous Nam Ha NPA (National Protected Area)

Beautiful Namha NPA in Luang Namtha

The biggest natural allure of Luang Namtha province has got to be the Nam Ha NPA (also commonly misspelt as NamHa NPA) which was Lao’s first national park and an ASEAN national heritage site. It is the second biggest national park in Laos at 222,400 square hectares which is a huge amount of the provinces […]

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Luang Namtha Night Market

Luang Namtha Night Market

The night market is a seemingly never-ending source of many new foods.  Most of the foods sold there come straight from the jungle so the selection changes from day to day or week to week.  Some things, like bananas, sweet potatoes, papaya salad are available all year round, but other things, like jungle figs come […]

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Spider eating Gecko

Spiker eating Gecko - Laos is awesome!

OK, just a really quick post today; just thought this was awesome!  We were eating dinner and saw the plant next to us moving…. because this spider was eating a gecko!  Awesome stuff.  I love this country!

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Nam De Waterfall

Nam De Waterfall in Luang Namtha, Northern Laos

About 5 minutes out of Luang Namtha town is a pretty waterfall named Nam De, meaning Good Water.  It’s a popular place to visit because it’s so close to town yet so far away – once there you feel like you are a million miles from any kind of modern conveniences and you’re surrounded by […]

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