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Located in Louang Namtha, Louang Namtha Royal Hotel features a bar. This 3-star hotel offers a tour desk and ticket service. Room is very spacious, big compound, centrally located in town, exactly in front of Louang Namtha Market. ATM nearby. Friendly staff, clean hotel and good service.
Luang Namtha was the starting point to our trekking trip , If I was not intending on doing a trek I would not come here. It is a small town of very little interest . It has good accommodation and some good restaurants. There are a few things you can do here other than trek but the trekking is the highlight
This is my third or fourth time to Luang Namtha. It’s a sleepy little town that people mainly go to for trekking to visit the hill tribes, spend some time in the jungle, and so on. I go there to record the traditional music of the hill tribes, and find it to be a lovely little ‘home base’ for forays into remote areas. Few people stay longer than a few days, but it’s a great place to hire a scooter or bicycle and spend days riding around all the backroads, visiting little known villages, sites and locations.
Luang Namtha is beautiful, though if you really want to see nature, this might not be the place for you. Though it is a bio diversity park, you will not see a lot of animals and there isn't a lot of diversity in plants and trees. The native minorities seem to have all adapted to the modern world, you will not see traditional living here, though some women might change into traditional clothes when foreigners are going to arrive. But go to Louang Namtha to relax and enjoy the tranquility and laid back atmosphere. Pro tip- get up early to visit the morning market with it's diversity in Lao food. This is the best (Lao) food you will find in Luang Namtha, as most restaurants in town have adapted to western food.
I did a 2 days trekking in Luang Namtha with this company called “Namha E-CO guide serive” ( their office is at the opposite side of the market). Our guide Kham is so amazing, he have a great personality, very kind and funny, very knowledgable about the jungle, the tribal people and basically everything about Laos. The trekking is not so difficult as long as you wear a good trekking shoes, the village we stayed for night is interesting, everyday the man from village will go out to the jungle to hunt and bring back food to cook. They do raise farm animals but not for eaten, they sell them in the market so they can have income. The family we stayed with doesn’t speak English but they are very friendly and always smile at us. I learnt so much about Laos and their indigenous people from Kham in 2 days. One of the best experience in my life!
The night market offers fantastic local delicious delicacies. Beware of bush meats that may be either unhealthy or forbidden in your culture. That said, food and drinks are cheap. For Westerners, if you do find the local fare of food too exotic for your taste, there are a number of Western diners from breakfast to dinner. Western food however can be pricey. South East Asians like myself enjoy Chinese food and there's just 1 facility that offer Chinese food. If you are in Louang Namtha during winter time, refrain from adventures, unless you are prepared both physically and mentally. The bus that travel from Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 2 in Chiang Rai, Thailand will make a pit stop in Louang Namtha's International Bus Terminal that's about 10Km from town. If you arrive during odd times the only way is to bargain with the Tut2 driver. It can be pricey, however, during winter time, money becomes less formidable to health concerns.
There isn't really anything to do or see in Luang Namtha itself. You only come here in order to do the trekking or kayaking etc in the nearby Luang Nam Ha National Protected Area. I did a two day trek through the jungle and it was tough but awesome. Would highly recommend.