Luang Namtha Trek

Trip Overview

Long day kayaks on the Nam Ha River to explore jungle forest, green mountain landscape, birds sightseeing, the occasional troop of monkeys, visit different of ethnic minority along the river they are Khmu & Lanten, enjoy green bamboo along the bank of river. Low water levels from December to June may make kayaking rocky.

Tour ID: NT-KY-03
River: Nam Ha River
Departure: Daily from July-November
Paddle approx. 5-6 hours
Difficulty level: Moderate adventure

Itinerary

Start from Luang Namtha at 9:00 h, travel to Ban Nam Ha by Tuk Tuk where you start Kayaking, after prepare equipment paddle down the river which meanders through the thick forests of the Nam Ha National protected area. The first village you visit is Ban Nalan they are Khmu. The lunch will prepare at the village. After lunch visit other Khmu village & Lanten village “Ban Nam Goy” to see how to making bamboo paper & step of natural dyeing continue onwards through green & jungle forest of protected area until arriving at the confluence of the Nam Tha and Nam Ha rivers paddle down the Nam Tha for a way before arriving at the Khmu village of Ban Sop Sim where your transport back to Luang Namtha will be waiting you.

Note: Nam Ha is best for rafting from July to October, for kayaking from July to November. Low water levels from January-June may make kayaking rocky.

Village along the Nam Ha River
Ban Nalan
Experience Luang Namtha’s longest running, ever improving, and still most popular natural and cultural adventure: the Ban Nalan Trek. Try a new route. Some offer easier access, and even kayak on your journey into the Nam Ha National Protected Area (NPA) to this Khmu village on the Nam Ha River, with its new bridge.

Ban Nalan is embedded in community-based tourism (CBT) lore. Early in the millennium, a New Zealand-funded UNESCO team guided a handful of trekkers along a trail to the village. Feedback from this pioneering group of paying tourists helped design the Ban Nalan Trek, Laos’ first CBT activity. To top it off, the United Nations recognized the trail they blazed with its Development Award, and the CBT trek became a model for pro-poor tourism.

Now, the best is getting better. When you reach Ban Nalan, you’ll find Luang Namtha’s most comfortable village accommodation including quality bedding, new toilet blocks with showers, and a radiophone at the refurbished eco-lodge. Trained villagers now deliver better service and more dining options.

Pricing

Price Include:

  • An experienced government certified, English speaking tour guide.
  • Covered transport with an experienced certified driver.
  • Kayaks & river equipment.
  • Meals-Lunch.
  • Drinking water during the trip.
  • Tour permit & village fund.
  • Provincial tax on net income.

What to bring:
Hat, sun-screen, clothes/shoes to get wet, warm change of clothes for the evening, mosquito repellent, sarong for bathing.

Photos

Book Now

Send email to us phouiutravel@hotmail.com or Call: +856-20-2239 0195, +856-20-9944 0084.

All our services, we require DEPOSIT to secure reservation. Final payment you have to pay at our office in Laos. We accept PayPal & Bank Transfer.

This tour we request 50 USD for deposit.

Deposit by PayPal please click the button below:

After finish, your process please send email to us phouiutravel@hotmail.com or Call: +856-20-9944 0084 or if we got the money from you, we will let you know as soon as possible.

Deposit by Bank Transfer: alternatively, we can receive bank transfers direct to our bank account in Laos. Payment details as:

  • SWIFT Code: COEBLALA.
  • Bank Name: BANQUE POUR LE COMMERCE EXTERIEUR LAO PUBLIC (BCEL).
  • Account Name: Philavanh Unlavanh.
  • Account Number: 070-120-100-256-502-001 (USD)

More Info: BANQUE POUR LE COMMERCE EXTERIEUR LAO PUBLIC (BCEL) http://www.bcel.com.la 

Trip Overview

Adventure & challenge kayak on Nam Tha River, explore colorful of ethnic minorities along the river such as: Black Tai, Mien Hmong (Lanten) & Mon-Khmer (Khmu), they are different of life & culture, wild life can be seen while paddling after 2 km of paddle on your right hand side is Nam Ha NPA with many exciting rapid.

Tour ID: NT-KY-01
River: Nam Tha River.
Departure: Daily.
Paddle approx. 4-5 hours, 20 Km.
Difficulty level: Adventure Moderate.

Itinerary

The day begins at the Boat Landing with some basic paddle instruction and equipment familiarization before taking to the river in single or double kayaks. The Nam Tha meanders through changing forest types, inhabited by animals, such as tiger and barking deer and a great variety of birds. The border of the Nam Ha Protected Area is reached in the Lanten village of Ban Sope Tud. Various sets of exciting but safe rapids lead up to a lunch break on the banana leave near the riverside.

After a typical Lao picnic, there is time for relaxation and a refreshing swim. The next paddling stretch takes the group to the Khmu village of Ban Sop Sim Noy. Kayaking ends after the confluence of the Nam Ha and Nam Tha Rivers, from where a pick-up takes us for the return to Luang Namtha.

Note: The River is best for rafting from July to November, for kayaking from July to December. Low water levels from January-June may make kayaking rocky.

Village on the Bank of Nam Tha River.
Ban Mai (Black Tai).
The first village downstream is Ban Mai. Make up seven percent of the population of Luang Namtha province, Tai dam are a Tai speaking group whose homeland is Dien Bien Phu in the Northern Vietnam. The first Tai dam villages are believed to have been established here during the 1890s, in response to the devastation caused by marauding “ Black Banner“ Haw Chinese Bandits from Yunan. Why they are called Black Tai is not agree upon by scholars, but some believe the name taken from Black River in Vietnam. In this minority can make silk, bamboo baskets, tray containing worms and the bright yellow cocoons underneath some of the houses.

Ban Sope tud (Lantan).
After leaving the plains, the river runs through forest-covered hills passes several Lanten villages. Lanten people establish their village near permanent streams and subsequently are sometimes referred to as Laohuay or “stream” Lao. The Lanten emigrated from China in search of stability and new mountain rice fields. They are recognizable by their dark indigo clothing and the women’s and striking silver jewelry. Upon reaching the end of childhood, Lanten women wear their swept up in a traditional style and also shave their eyebrows. The Lanten language still strong and male elders continue to read and write Lanten script base on Chinese characters. They practice a synthesis of animism and Taoism, focused on lineage of ancestors and on village spirits. Lanten rituals often use wooden masks and handmade bamboo-fiber paper. During the dry season, paper making can often be seen along river banks near Lanten villages.

Ban Sopsim (Khmu).
Part of Mon-Khmer branch of Austro-Asiatic family, about 500,000 Khmu represents one of the largest ethnic groups in Lao PDR. The Khmu settled the area of present day Lao PDR several thousand years I advance of the Tai people dominate. The Khmu are not Buddhist but practice their own form of animism, many traditional animist ceremonies are on longer performed, ritual meal offerings are often made to placate the spirits upon whom the rice harvest depends. When a traditional ceremony is underway, a woven bamboo Taleo will be place at the entrance to village. If you are permitted to enter, do not disturb people involve the ceremonies or touch any altars or ritual items. Ask your guide if you are unsure.  

Pricing

Price Include:

  • An experienced government certified, English speaking tour guide
  • Covered transport with an experienced certified driver
  • Kayaks & river equipment
  • Meals-Lunch
  • Drinking water during the trip
  • Provincial tax on net income
  • Tour permit & village fund

What to bring:
Hat, sun-screen, clothes/shoes to get wet, warm change of clothes for the evening, mosquito repellent, sarong for bathing

Photos

Book Now

Send email to us phouiutravel@hotmail.com or Call: +856-20-2239 0195, +856-20-9944 0084.

All our services, we require DEPOSIT to secure reservation. Final payment you have to pay at our office in Laos. We accept PayPal & Bank Transfer.

This tour we request 50 USD for deposit.

Deposit by PayPal please click the button below:

After finish, your process please send email to us phouiutravel@hotmail.com or Call: +856-20-9944 0084 or if we got the money from you, we will let you know as soon as possible.

Deposit by Bank Transfer: alternatively, we can receive bank transfers direct to our bank account in Laos. Payment details as:

  • SWIFT Code: COEBLALA.
  • Bank Name: BANQUE POUR LE COMMERCE EXTERIEUR LAO PUBLIC (BCEL).
  • Account Name: Philavanh Unlavanh.
  • Account Number: 070-120-100-256-502-001 (USD)

More Info: BANQUE POUR LE COMMERCE EXTERIEUR LAO PUBLIC (BCEL) http://www.bcel.com.la 

Trip Overview

Adventure & exiting paddle on Nam Tha River to explore real nature, Beautiful area of Nam Ha National Park with stunning kayaking views, also learning & experience different culture & daily life of different ethnic minorities along the river, stay overnight with eco-lodge in Khmu villages of Ban Huay Lued, the second day the Nam Tha river has high water levels, so kayaking is very adventurous.

Tour ID: NT-KY-02
River: Nam Tha River
Departure: Daily
Paddle approx. 5 hours/day
Difficulty level: Moderate adventure

Itinerary

Day 1: Ban Mai Pasak-Ban Sope Tud-Ban Huaylued. Approx. 5 hours.
The trip starts on the banks of the Nam Tha at the boat landing, where you receive kayaking instructions and first practice. After a visit at the Lanten village of Ban Sope Tud, the Nam Tha accelerates at the “Tiger Leaping Rapid”. After a day on the river and in the forest, the night is spent in the Khmu village of Ban Huay lued as Homestay.

Day 2: Ban Huaylued-Hat Yong-Sinh Oudom-Hat Naleang. Approx. 5 hours.
The second day starts off with a Khmu style breakfast mainly consisting of what is in season at the time of year. The day is spent kayaking through mountainous scenery along the range that forms the eastern boundary of the Nam Ha NPA. The village where a pick-up awaits the group for transport back to Luang Namtha is reached by late afternoon. The optional return by river is in a traditional motor boat operated by area villagers. Approximately: 1:30 hour transfer/ 48 Km kayaking.

On this tour down the river you can watch cotton weaving, bamboo paper making, and the fascinating minority lifestyles. The boat travels through beautiful nature along the border of the Nam Ha NPA and stunning limestone scenery. You will stay overnight at a Tai Lue home and enjoy local style picnics.

Note: The River is best for rafting from July to November, for kayaking from July to December. Low water levels from January-June may make kayaking rocky. .

Pricing

Price Include:

  • An experienced government certified, English speaking tour guide
  • Covered transport with an experienced certified driver
  • Overnight’s village accommodation: Traditional Minority house with outside toilet & shower facilities “Khmu lodge”
  • Kayaks and River equipment
  • Sleeping bags, foam mats and mosquito nets are supplied.
  • Meals-Lunch x 2, Dinner x 1, Breakfast x1
  • Drinking water during the trip
  • Tour permit and provincial tax on net income

What to bring:
Hat, sun-screen, clothes/shoes to get wet, warm change of clothes for the evening, mosquito repellent, sarong for bathing.

Photos

Book Now

Send email to us phouiutravel@hotmail.com or Call: +856-20-2239 0195, +856-20-9944 0084.

All our services, we require DEPOSIT to secure reservation. Final payment you have to pay at our office in Laos. We accept PayPal & Bank Transfer.

This tour we request 100 USD for deposit.

Deposit by PayPal please click the button below:

After finish, your process please send email to us phouiutravel@hotmail.com or Call: +856-20-9944 0084 or if we got the money from you, we will let you know as soon as possible.

Deposit by Bank Transfer: alternatively, we can receive bank transfers direct to our bank account in Laos. Payment details as:

  • SWIFT Code: COEBLALA.
  • Bank Name: BANQUE POUR LE COMMERCE EXTERIEUR LAO PUBLIC (BCEL).
  • Account Name: Philavanh Unlavanh.
  • Account Number: 070-120-100-256-502-001 (USD)

More Info: BANQUE POUR LE COMMERCE EXTERIEUR LAO PUBLIC (BCEL) http://www.bcel.com.la 

Trip Overview

The Nam Ha National Protected Area takes its name from this river. This Nam Ha Experience can be one of rapids and white water in the rainy season but for most of the year the verdant forested banks, colorful water birds and the occasional troop of monkeys are the main attractions. The Nam Ha River awaits the kayakers and rafters with numerous exciting 2 to 3 grade rapids.

Tour ID: NT-KY-05
Rivers: Nam Ha and Nam Tha Rivers.
Departure: Daily from July-November.
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights.
Difficulty level: Moderate adventure.

Itinerary

Day 1: Luang Namtha-Ban Nalan. Approx. 5 hours.
The day of paddling takes us through the thick, in parts old-growth forest of the Nam Ha NPA. A picnic lunch and a refreshing swim mark mid-day. We arrive in the village in the afternoon and take some time to look around the village. In order to distribute the benefit evenly between villagers, trips alternate overnight stays between the lodges of Ban Nam Goy (Lanten) and Ban Nalan Tai (Khmu). That evening enjoy a typical village dinner cooked over an open fire.

Day 2: Ban Nalan-Ban Hat Yawng. Approx. 5 hours.
After a leisurely breakfast we continue down river. The section of the river will reveal the best forest views and the most exciting rapids of the trip. Arriving at the confluence of the Nam Tha and Nam Ha rivers paddle down the Nam Tha for a while before arriving at the Khmu village of Ban Hat Yawng where the villagers will host you in their lodge.

Day 3: Ban Hat Yawng-Ban Hat Nalaeng. Approx. 6 hours kayaking / 1 hour long-tail boat
The third day is spent on the Nam Tha River, which flows through a more densely populated and cultivated landscape. Upon reaching Ban Hat Nalaeng, the group is met by a pick-up for transport back to Luang Namtha. The optional return by river is in a traditional motorboat operated by local villagers.

Note:

  • Nam Ha is best for rafting from July to November, for kayaking from July to December. Low water levels from January-June may make kayaking rocky.
  • Nam Tha is best for rafting from July to November, for kayaking all year round.
  • Return by boat may not be possible from March- June and a return by pick-up may not be possible July-September.

Pricing

Price Include:

  • An experienced government certified, English speaking tour guide.
  • Covered transport with an experienced certified driver.
  • Overnight’s village accommodation: Traditional Minority house with outside toilet & shower facilities “Khmu lodge”.
  • Sleeping bags, foam mats and mosquito nets are supplied.
  • Kayaks and River equipment.
  • Meals-Lunch x 3, Dinner x 2, Breakfast x2.
  • Drinking water during the trip.
  • Tour permit and provincial tax on net income.

What to bring:
Hat, sun-screen, clothes/shoes to get wet, warm change of clothes for the evening, mosquito repellent, sarong for bathing.

Photos

Book Now

Send email to us phouiutravel@hotmail.com or Call: +856-20-2239 0195, +856-20-9944 0084.

All our services, we require DEPOSIT to secure reservation. Final payment you have to pay at our office in Laos. We accept PayPal & Bank Transfer.

This tour we request 200 USD for deposit.

Deposit by PayPal please click the button below:

After finish, your process please send email to us phouiutravel@hotmail.com or Call: +856-20-9944 0084 or if we got the money from you, we will let you know as soon as possible.

Deposit by Bank Transfer: alternatively, we can receive bank transfers direct to our bank account in Laos. Payment details as:

  • SWIFT Code: COEBLALA.
  • Bank Name: BANQUE POUR LE COMMERCE EXTERIEUR LAO PUBLIC (BCEL).
  • Account Name: Philavanh Unlavanh.
  • Account Number: 070-120-100-256-502-001 (USD)

More Info: BANQUE POUR LE COMMERCE EXTERIEUR LAO PUBLIC (BCEL) http://www.bcel.com.la 

Trip Overview

This 4 days tour takes the paddlers down two scenic rivers, before moving up the Mekong towards Thailand in a motorboat. In the forests of the Nam Ha National Protected Area, there’s much to learn about the local flora and fauna. Encounters with the diverse ethnic groups of the region are just some of the unique experiences along the way.

Tour ID: NT-KY-06
Rivers: Nam Ha and Nam Tha Rivers.
Departure: Daily from July-November.
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights.
Difficulty level: Moderate adventure.

Itinerary

Day 1: Luang Namtha-Ban Nalan. Approx. 5 hours kayaking
The day of paddling takes us through the thick, in parts old-growth forest of the Nam Ha NPA. A picnic lunch and a refreshing swim mark mid-day. We arrive in the village in the afternoon and take some time to look around the village. In order to distribute the benefit evenly between villagers, trips alternate overnight stays between the lodges of Ban Nam Goy (Lanten) and Ban Nalan Tai (Khmu). That evening enjoy a typical village dinner cooked over an open fire.

Day 2: Ban Nalan-Ban Hat Yawng. Approx. 5 hours kayaking
After a leisurely breakfast we continue down river. The section of the river will reveal the best forest views and the most exciting rapids of the trip. Arriving at the confluence of the Nam Tha and the Nam Ha rivers paddle down the Nam Tha for a while before reaching the Khmu village of Ban Hat Yawng where the villagers will host you in their lodge.

Day 3: Ban Hat Yawng-Ban Hat Nalaeng. Approx. 6 hours kayaking / 1 hour long-tail boat
The third day is spent on the Nam Tha River, which flows through a more densely populated and cultivated landscape. Upon reaching Ban Hat Nalaeng, the group is met by a long-tail boat for transport to the host village of Ban Hat Nalaeng for the night.

Day 4: Ban Hat Nalaeng – Houay Xai. Approx. 7 hours long-tail boat
The trip to the Mekong valley continues in a slow boat (covered boat). The transition from hill rice to wet rice cultivation indicates the arrival in the lowlands, the cultural area of the Lao Loum.

At the confluence of the Nam Tha and the Mekong, the journey continues north to the border town of Houay Xai. Here you can spend the night in a local guesthouse or travel onward to Thailand. Once you arrive in Houay Xai, travel is on your own account.

Note:

  • The Nam Ha is best for rafting from July to November, for kayaking from July to December. Low water levels from January-June may make kayaking rocky.
  • The Nam Tha is best for rafting from July to November, for kayaking all year round.

Pricing

Price Include:

  • An experienced government certified, English speaking tour guide.
  • Covered transport with an experienced certified driver.
  • Overnight’s village accommodation: Traditional Minority house with outside toilet & shower facilities “Khmu lodge”.
  • Sleeping bags, foam mats and mosquito nets are supplied.
  • Kayaks and River equipment.
  • Meals-Lunch x 4, Dinner x 3, Breakfast x3.
  • Drinking water during the trip.
  • Tour permit and Provincial tax on net income.

What to bring:
Hat, sun-screen, clothes/shoes to get wet, warm change of clothes for the evening, mosquito repellent, sarong for bathing.

Photos

Book Now

Send email to us phouiutravel@hotmail.com or Call: +856-20-2239 0195, +856-20-9944 0084.

All our services, we require DEPOSIT to secure reservation. Final payment you have to pay at our office in Laos. We accept PayPal & Bank Transfer.

This tour we request 300 USD for deposit.

Deposit by PayPal please click the button below:

After finish, your process please send email to us phouiutravel@hotmail.com or Call: +856-20-9944 0084 or if we got the money from you, we will let you know as soon as possible.

Deposit by Bank Transfer: alternatively, we can receive bank transfers direct to our bank account in Laos. Payment details as:

  • SWIFT Code: COEBLALA.
  • Bank Name: BANQUE POUR LE COMMERCE EXTERIEUR LAO PUBLIC (BCEL).
  • Account Name: Philavanh Unlavanh.
  • Account Number: 070-120-100-256-502-001 (USD)

More Info: BANQUE POUR LE COMMERCE EXTERIEUR LAO PUBLIC (BCEL) http://www.bcel.com.la