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Luang Namtha


Recent years, Luang Namtha is the name that reminded so much by tourists. It is not the famous destination with the long history like other provinces in Laos but this is the convenient point for stop by in the journey from Laos to China for backpack.
Luang Namtha is located to the north of Laos. It is bordered with China to the north and with Myanmar to the northwest

  • Districts: There are 5 districts in the province with Luang Namtha Town which is the center town.
  • Climate: Luang Namtha has its climate like other area in Laos. There are the rain time from May to October and the dry time from November to April. It is very hot in the period of March and April.  The average temperature is 25 C degree. 
  • Transportation: Travel conveniently by land, river way and airline to the city and from it to other provinces.

         The distance (by railway) is for reference as below:
         From Luang Namtha to Ha Noi: 810 km
         From Luang Namtha to Ho Chi Minh City: 1.878 km
         From Luang Namtha to Luangprabang:  309 km
         From Luang Namtha to Vientiane:  651 km
         From Luang Namtha to Pakse:  1290 km
         From Luang Namtha to Savannakhet:  1082 km
         From Luang Namtha to Vang Vieng:  491 km


  • Nam Dee Waterfall: this is one of the nice waterfalls of Luang Namtha. It is located far from the center city Luang Namtha more than 5 km to the northeast. Visitors can explore the waterfall and then visit Lao Huay Village is so near to know about the normal life, culture here.
  • Ban Nam Dee: or called Lanten Village or Lao Huay that is near Nam Dee Waterfall. Visit the village visitors can know more about the rich local culture. There are some interesting activities for tourists such as work together with local people, enjoy the great dishes, understand some handicraft with special products etc.
  • Central Night Market: the market is located in the center of Luang Namtha Town. This is the lively place where you can understand the local cuisine with the best dishes is served. Beside you can find the local products especially the unique handicrafts for souvenir.
  • Luang Namtha Museum: It is located not far from the center of the town. Visit this place you will know the rich collection of Buddha images, traditional hand made weapons, ceramics, textiles and drums. The collection is the value information to help you to understand more about the Luang Namtha.
  • Vat Ban Luang Khon Temple: it is located not far from the airport. The temple is located in the convenient place for tourists who to come to visit. It has the specific feature in architectures of the temples in Laos and there are visitors who come to visit everyday.
  • Luang Namtha Stupa: called That Luang Namtha. It is in the north of Luang Namtha Town. This is the value thing with the impressive historical story.
  • Poum Puk Stupa: called That Poun Puk. It is not so far from Nam Ngaen Village and located in the northeast of Namtha Valley. The stupa was built in 17th century. It was destroyed in 1966 by the war and it was constructed in 2003 with the shape as now you see.
  • Nam Ha National Protected Area: called shortly Nam Ha NPA where visitors who can explore the rich wild nature. The area is located along the border with China. It is considered the ASEAN Heritage Site by its value.

And there are many other famous destinations in the province


  • Lanten and Yao New Year: the festival is happened in January each year.
  • That Phoum Pouk Festival: The local traditional festival that happened in Namtha District in February each year.  
  • Poi Festival: it is Rocket Festival is happened in Muang Sing in April by Tai Lue Ethnic Group.
  • Boun Bang Fai: it is Rocket Festival. It is happened in Luang Namtha in May each year.   

And there are many other unique festivals in the province.  

Local specialties

There are different local specialties in the province such as Kao soi ( it is soft rice noodle soup) bitter bamboo shoot soup and rattan dipping sauce, Lao Hai ( rice wine in a jar), ubiquitous Lao Lao, Akha tea, chili paste and other typical specialties.