Luang Namtha

What you need to know before you go

Luang Namtha lies on the banks of the Nam Tha River, in the northern part of Laos. It’s also the capital of a province of the same name, and is close to the Nam Ha National Biodiversity Conservation Area – you’ll find hiking and biking trails leading to hill tribe villages.

Luang Namtha is divided into an old town near the airport (which was bombed during the 1970s) and a new town located 6 km north of the former. Travelers from China to Laos often use this city as an alternate to the long (and very crowded) boat ride between Luang Prabang and Huay Xai.

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  • Mini Guide to Luang Namtha

    Luang Namtha is the capital of a province of the same name. The city is located on the banks of the Namtha River, in the northern part of Laos. Like Huay Xai, Luang Namtha is primarily perceived as a layover point.  Luang Namtha has 2 distinct parts – the old town near the airport was bombed during the 1970s and the...

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