Places in Northwestern Laos
Hop on a decent motorbike and head out in any direction and you'll quickly find attractive scenery and plenty of rural interest. A rewarding target is Nam Kat Waterfall, a picnic site around 23km from the centre of town. Turn right in Ban Fan, continue to the parking area then walk the last half hour or so through protected forests.
Luang Namtha (Namtha)
Luang Namtha's grid-pattern centre offers all the facilities you need to head straight off into the wide surrounding rice-bowl valley, where mountain ridges form layered silhouettes in the golden glow of sunset. Nowhere in Laos offers a better range of outdoor activities or organised 'ecotreks' to get you into the region's forests and ethnically diverse villages.
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Tips and articles
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