Attractions

National Park in Luang Namtha

Nam Ha NPA

The 2224-sq-km Nam Ha NPA is one of Laos' most accessible natural preserves and home to clouded leopard and possibly a few unpoached tigers. Both around and within the mountainous park, woodlands have to compete wit…
Cave in Northwestern Laos

Kao Rao Caves

Well signed beside Rte 3, 1.5km east of Nam Eng village, is this extensive, accessible cave system, which has a 700m section open to visitors. The main limestone formations include old stalactites encrusted with cry…
Waterfall in Udomxai

Nam Kat Waterfall

Nam Kat Waterfall, a picnic site 23km from Udomxai, is best reached on a decent motorbike. Turn right in Ban Fan, continue to the parking area then walk the last 30 minutes through protected forests (about 2km). Alt…
Buddhist Statue in Muang La

Pra Singkham Buddha

Want to get rich? Afraid you might be infertile? Don't worry, just ask the Pra Singkham Buddha and your wish will be granted. Legend claims it was cast in Sri Lanka just a few generations after the historical Buddha…
Village in Luang Namtha

Ban Nam Di

Although barely 3km out of Luang Namtha, this hamlet is populated by Lao Huay (Lenten) people whose womenfolk still wear traditional indigo tunics with purple sash-belts and silver-hoop necklaces. They specialise in…
Buddhist Temple in Luang Namtha

That Phum Phuk

The red-gold stupa you see when first approaching the small and historic That Phum Phuk is a 2003 replica. Right beside it lies the brick and stucco rubble of an earlier version, blown over by the force of a US bomb…
Cave in Muang La

Singkham Cave

The Singkham Cave where the famous Pra Singkham Buddha statue once rested is 3.7km west of Ban Samakisai, halfway between Udomxai and Muang La. In Samakisai ask 'Khor kajeh tham noy?' ('May I have the cave key pleas…
Buddhist Temple in Muang Sing

That Xieng Tung

Around 6km southeast of Muang Sing, That Xieng Tung sits on a grassy plateau dotted with sacred trees, 1km up a rough access track that branches south off the Luang Namtha road 200m after Km 52. This place really co…
Arts Centre in Udomxai

PMC

PMC is a small exhibition room and shop introducing local fibres such as jungle vine, and selling handmade paper products, bags and local essences. If you're wondering why it's part-funded by the UN Office on Drugs …
Buddhist Temple in Udomxai

Banjeng Temple

Udomxai's foremost monastery is Banjeng Temple, which is modest but very attractively set on a riverside knoll. The most notable feature here is an imaginative concrete 'tree of life'. Tinkling in the breeze, its me…