The Nam Tha River is the artery of North-West Laos. Heading south from Luang Namtha, the river cuts through parts of the Nam Ha NPA, revealing some rare stands of old growth forest and passing by villages of diverse ethnic groups. A two-day kayaking trip - closely observing the flora and fauna of this region - offers a unique experience in the naturally diverse landscapes of Northern Laos and Visit four different ethnic groups as Black Tai, Mien Hmong and Mon-Khmer and Tai Lue.

Day 1: Luang Namtha - Ban Mai Pasak - Ban Sope Tud - Ban Huaylued
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 - Luang Namtha
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.
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