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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Lai’s Place

Lai's food in Luang Namtha

Our friend Lai has a small restaurant in Luang Namtha simply called “Lai’s place”. Close to the main road Lai has some pretty good food on her menu. And she also has some western food that is actually done correctly. She is a young Black Tai (Tai Dam) mother of one who cooks at her […]

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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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Papaya Restaurant

Luang Namtha fried noodles with tofu

** Update 2013 – Papaya Restaurant is now closed ** One of our favourite retaurants in Luang Namtha is Papaya Restaurant.  In fact some of the best Lao food in town is found at Papaya.  Moneylin is a fantastic chef – learning to cook at her families retaurant in Thakek (southern Laos) at the age […]

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Chilling in Luang Namtha

We have spent a week or so riding around again, we decided we should try to see the old stupa, the Lao Lao distillery, and the local handicraft village. So far, we only managed the first one, because we rode around for an entire day trying to find the other 2 places (with a map!) […]

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Awesome Laos

Our welcome back into Laos was awesome. Kids standing on the side of the road waving at us with huge smiles, everyone saying ‘Sabaidee’ and just general friendliness made us feel right at home. After a few hours on the bus on the Vietnamese side of the border, we crossed into Lao and from that […]

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Market Madness

After a recent skype conversation with some good friends Nick and Amber, we promised Nick we would do a blog post on the foods at the local markets. So Nick, brace yourself, here are many, many photos of the markets. Also let it be noted, that taking photos of the meat (or should I say […]

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