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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Rice Planting Season

Luang Namtha rice planting season

May and June represent rice planting season here in Luang Namtha, and also marks the beginning of the most beautiful time of year here. The planting of the rice itself is incredibly hard work – the fields need to be turned, re-shaped, water needs to be channelled in, the small plants are planted, and then […]

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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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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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Boun Awk Phansa – The end of Buddhist Lent

Boun Awk Phansa is the last day of Buddhist lent. It happens each year in October, three lunar months after Khao Phansa on the 15th day of the 11th month of the lunar calendar. This year Boun Awk Phansa falls tomorrow, 12th October, and one of the best places to see this festival in Laos […]

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Hmong tribe

Beautiful Hmong Children in Luang Namtha

In Laos there are many ‘minority’ tribes – so called because they are not ethnic Lao, however minority tribes make up over 55% of Lao’s population so while individually the tribes are a minority, collectively they are in fact the majority.  With over 230 different ethnic tribes in northern Laos alone, I will cover first […]

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Phagneung Phoukulom Waterfall

Phagneung Phoukulom Waterfall in Luang Namtha Province

About and hour from Luang Namtha by road which winds through the beautiful National Protected Area is Phagneung Phoukulom Waterfall.  The walk into the waterfall is just under 1 kilometre and is mainly a level easy walk, with some small inclines and a few stairs to nagivate.  This is the only place where you can […]

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Kao Rao Cave

Vieng Poukha, Luang Namtha Cave

Kao Rao Cave is about an hour our of Luang Namtha, near a small town called Vieng Poukha.  When we visited this cave we were thoroughly impressed; not only is it easy to navigate with a guide, the walking ‘path’ through the cave is mostly level and flat, with only a couple of sections where […]

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Welcome to Luang Namtha Guide

Hello!!  Our names are Andrej and Karen Brummer.  We have been in Luang Namtha now on and off for about 7 months.  We are totally, utterly in love with this place, and want to stay here as long as we can.  Before our first time here, we spent time on the internet searching for information […]

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A Lao funeral

We were really sad when Thong phoned us only a few days after we arrived to inform us his mother had just passed away. That day she had been taken from the hospital back to her home to die surrounded by the love of her family and she got her wish only a few short […]

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