Where to eat – Baw Pen Yang Art Gallery & Restaurant

Baw Pen Yang

I’d been in Luang Namtha almost two weeks before I stumbled upon Baw Pen Yang. A town with an indiscernible lack of easily obtainable ‘go here to eat!’ Lonely Planetesque advice (that’s where we come in); this is one that would be altogether too easy to miss lest you’re the sort prone to explore the […]

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Where to eat – Zuela Guesthouse and restaurant

Zuela Guesthouse

The Zuela Guesthouse is rated number one in Luang Namtha on Tripadvisor but, quite understandably, most reviews focus almost entirely on the rooms. The accommodation, almost all agree, is clean, comfortable, very reasonably priced (around 80,000 kip per night at the time of writing) with friendly staff and a relaxing atmosphere. There are hot showers […]

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Luang Namtha’s Jungle Food Challenge

Luang Namtha jungle food dish

Masterchef in the jungle? Food in northern Laos gets serious… Recently Bamboo Lounge Training Restaurant was lucky enough to get 2 volunteers for a month, who not only taught the Lao staff there a lot about hospitality but were so excited by the abundant fresh produce available at Luang Namtha’s famous morning market, that they decided […]

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15 Reasons Why Luang Namtha Province Is The Best Of Laos

Luang Namtha trekking

After traveling all around Southeast Asia, Laos is definitely a highlight for many, but for us coming back to Luang Namtha really hits home that this northern province is the best of Laos! Here’s why: 1. We have the BEST roads in Laos making transit far easier than the rest of the country and self […]

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Forest Retreat’s Bamboo Lounge Restaurant = real western food

Luang Namtha's famous pizza oven

It’s official; Luang Namtha now has its own wood-fired pizza oven, it is even painted green and is decorated with Buddhas eyes, so you cannot miss it… This iconic wood fired oven made from local clay has now served up thousands of authentic Italian (and not-so-Italian) pizzas to travelers and locals alike. The wood fired […]

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Go for the real local culinary experience

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Hang out at Luang Namtha’s night market and enjoy local food and drinks You cannot leave Luang Namtha without spending at least one evening at Luang Namtha’s night market. If you want to experience an authentic local night out, this is the place to be. The night market of Luang Namtha opens every single day […]

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Luang Namtha’s morning market

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Run into some crazy stuff on your stroll through the morning market Visiting Luang Namtha’s morning market is one of the best ways to get a glimpse of Lao local life. People from Luang Namtha and nearby villages come here to buy their fruits and vegetables, new clothes or tools like machetes. People from villages […]

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Luang Namtha: Jungle Food Central

Stuffed and BBQed bullfrogs...

It’s a fact; Luang Namtha as well as being the most ethnically diverse province in Laos also has the most diverse range of dishes and ingredients; many of them coming directly from its vast jungled mountains. Any Lao person can walk into Luang Namtha’s jungle and come out 10 minutes later with an armful of […]

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Rambo Fusion

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I would like to present Rambo Fusion with two awards, for quirkiest name and best BBQ in Luang Namtha. I guess it was the air of mystery that attracted Lizzie and I to Rambo, the name giving away little about the food and the location out of view from any road. We had been talking […]

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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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