“Superstar” Ananda Everingham visits Bamboo Lounge

  Thai film actor Ananda Everingham made multiple visits to Bamboo Lounge this week while filming his new movie which will take place in Luang Namtha. Everingham, best known by Lao for his role in the movie “Sabaidee Luang Prabang”- the first Lao commercial film produced since the country adopted communism in 1975 and shot […]

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Luang Namtha’s New Amandra Villa

Luang namtha Accomodation

Want to stay somewhere in Luang Namtha with a touch of class? The newly opened Amandra Villa could be a great option for you. It is located on the main road about 400m from the centre of town (towards the airport) close to where all the restaurants, major banks and night market are. Amandra Villa […]

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An unusual trip to Boten!


How do you fancy some Belgian chocolate? What about a German beer or some French biscuits? Then Boten on the Chinese – Laos boarder is the place to visit, but wait, there’s something you should know about Boten…. At the height of its fame Boten played host to nearly 10,000 gamblers and pleasure seekers. Chinese […]

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Rice paddies at sunset

Sunset over the rice fields

The iconic rice fields of Asia conjure some of the most beautiful imagery you can hope to experience during a visit. Here in Luang Namtha, it’s quite literally on your doorstep. Pop out on a bike either end of the main street and immerse yourself in a picture postcard of lush greenery as farmers tend […]

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In search of the golden stupas

Luang Nathma is home to two beautiful golden stupas, That Luang Namtha and That Phum Phuk that should not be missed while visiting here. The original stupas were built in the 17th century to symbolise and commemorate the friendship between Sy Sod So Tammikarad King of Xieng Sean (Xieng Sean the present day north of […]

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First impressions of Luang Namtha

Pretty red flower after a short storm

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 […]

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Volunteering at Bamboo Lounge Training Restaurant

Volunteering at Bamboo Lounge Training Restaurant was an amazing experience, an unique way to get in touch with the local day to day life in Luang Namtha and to make a difference while traveling the world. Although most of the staff can’t really maintain long conversations in English yet, we felt welcome and had great […]

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While in town…

Luang Namtha is a region blessed with fantastic landscape, exuberant untouched nature, as well as an unique richness and diversity of human culture, and all of this can be experienced by stepping just a few meters out of town. But if you’re staying in town for a longer period, like we did, there’s always an […]

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Cycling visit to Nam Dee waterfall

Luang Namtha district is home to a number of hidden gems that can be easily accessed by short rides from the town. Along the main street you’ll find a number of agencies from which you can rent bicycles or motorcycles, depending how far you’d like to go and how fit you’re feeling that day. It […]

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From Chiang Rai (Thailand) to Luang Namtha in one day road trip

We woke up in Chiang Rai a bit later than we had planned and rushed ourselves to the bus station, centrally located right at the back of the Night Bazaar. Getting there we realized right away there was no need to rush, buses departing to Chiang Khong in the Thai / Laos border leave the […]

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