NAM THA EXPLORER
The Nam Tha River is the traditional water borne artery of North-West Laos. Heading south from Luang Namtha, the river cuts through sections of the Nam Ha National protected Area, revealing some beautiful stands of old growth forest.
This trip takes you from Luang Namtha to the border town of Laos with Thailand, Houay Xai. You're staying in villages along the way where you get a unique insight into Lao peoples' traditional lives.
Day 1: Luang Namtha - Ban Nam Tod - Ban Hot Yawng
The trip starts in Luang Namtha on the banks of the Nam Tha river, where our guides give you first kayaking instructions and familiarize you with the equipment. On the way you visit the Lanten village of Ban Nam Tod. The Nam Tha accelerates at "Tiger Leaping Rapid". After a day on the river and in the forest, the night is spent in the Khmu village of Ban Hot Yawng.
Day 2: Ban Hot Yawng - Ban Hat Nalaeng - Ban Khon Kham
The second day starts off with a Khmu style breakfast mainly consisting of what is in season at the time of the year. The day is spent kayaking through mountainous scenery along the range that forms the eastern boundary of the Nam Ha NPA. The village of Ban Hat Nalaeng is reached by late afternoon. From here, we continue with a traditional wooden motorboat to the village of Ban Khon Kham where we will be guests in the house of our boatman.
Day 3: Ban Khon Kham - Houai Xay
The day on the river up to the Mekong continues in a long-tail 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 Houai Xay where the trip ends. Overnight at Houai Xay is on your own account.