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Luang Nam Tha Province

 Located on the banks of the Nam Tha River, Luang Nam Tha means ‘The area around the Tha river’. Luang Nam Tha is the largest city in the province of the same name, in the northern part of Laos.

Like Huay Xai, Laung Nam Tha is primarily perceived as a stopover point. Most visitors who come from China to Laos use this city as a starting point instead of taking the uncomfortable and crowded boat ride between Luang Prabang and Huay Xai. The city has two distinct parts; one which is referred to as the old town was bombed during the 1970s and the new town, six km away and which was built as a replacement of sorts for the old one has most of the trekkers’ huts and guesthouses.

Luang Nam Tha Activities

Luang Nam Tha Tourism Department

This is an eco-guide service that also provides assistance for kayaking to those who are interested.

Green Discovery

Although this service charges more than most, the Green Discovery takes trekkers on three-day trips that may also include kayaking among other activities.

These two trekking services are authorized to guide locals as well as tourists on trips up the hill. Unlicensed guides or independent trekking expeditions are forbidden due to past incidents of tourists having gotten lost or offending local tribes.

Most trekkers like to experience the forest habitation and mountainous terrain. Therefore, specify your preference for the trekking experience to your guide since some of them may take you through paddy fields and the countryside instead.

However, if you want to see the rural landscape you can hire a tuk tuk or a bicycle for the day and go by yourself keeping to the road and avoiding jungles so as to not get lost. Bike hiring services also provide you with a map of the area. It is quite comfortable to cycle around the area since there is minimum traffic and the roads are decent. You can even make the 120km round trip between Luang Nam Tha and Boten.

Villages such as Vieng Phouka, Muang Nalae and Muang Sing are some of the rural spots to cover while biking around. Waterfalls such as the Nam Dee near Nam Tha town and Gneung Phou Ku Lom near Muang Sing are also popular tourist sites to cover.

If you are looking for a relaxing experience in Luang Nam Tha go to one of the herbal sauna services. One of them is located close to the Lao Airlines Office, beside Panda Restaurant. It is hard to miss since it looks like a run down shack and has a stove as a spotting sign. There are separate saunas for both genders with lockers and changing rooms provided for customers.

Luang Nam Tha Restaurants

Don’t expect to find extravagant cuisine at the restaurants in Luang Nam Tha. Most places have Chinese chefs because it is economical and convenient to do so. The most popular dishes found at the restaurants here are Chinese, Thai and Lao; some of them may also serve Western food.

Most locals earn their living by tending to their paddy fields. However, they have a unique way to complement this agricultural income by selling indigenous cuisine such as sticky rice and phad thai to tourists. You can try the Night Market if you want to experience some local cuisine such as soups, fresh fruit, noodles and barbequed chicken.

The Coffee House serves traditional Thai food as well as good coffee, fresh fruit shakes and juices. The service here is very pleasant. If you want tribal cuisine you must try Minority Restaurant. It is run by a couple from the Tai Dam tribe, otherwise known as the Black Tai tribe. They serve authentic Tai Dam food as well as cuisine of Lisu and Akha origin. If you are a vegetarian or even a vegan, the Minority Restaurant should be able to meet your needs as dishes here can be prepared without dairy or meat products as per the customer’s choice. Mr. Vanxian, who is the owner of the restaurant, also claims to serve the dishes without MSG in them, which is a common component of Lao cuisine.

Aysha Indian Restaurant offers mouth-watering northern and southern Indian food. The breakfast served here is particular delicious. It was earlier known as the Yamuna Restaurant and is owned by a Tamil Indian who married a Lao citizen.

Panda Restaurant has a relaxing patio on its second floor and is close to the main city area. The food is good and comes at a reasonable price with fruit shakes particularly popular. Close to the Panda Restaurant, the Korean barbequed chicken is a must try at the Rambo Fusion.

 

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