Luang Namtha outdoor adventures!

Our crazy road trip around Thailand and Laos on a tricycle (saleng).
  • Saleng expedition #39
  • Luang Namtha
  • 0 km / miles
After the exiting border crossing we're ready for a few days of outdoor adventure in the Nam Ha National Park! We booked our trips with Nature Life eco-tour, next to Zuela Guesthouse/restaurant. Definitely a recommendation!

Starting off with a downstream river kayak-tour, without a proper stream - means exercise!!!

For lunch we stopped at a Lanten tribe village (Ban Nam Dee), a minority village where they make bamboo paper. While we where exploring the village and playing with the kids our guide made us some magnificent lunch! Take at least twice a portion of (sticky) rice, as part of their culture.

The kids took off with our kayaks! :)

It was great! The next day we went mountain biking!
First stop was the (early morning) market in Luang Namtha to buy ingredients for lunch, no foreigners here!

It started nice and easy with vegetables, noodles, eggs and baskets...

Than things got bloody and messy...

How about a squirrel, rat or dog from the grill?

Time to start the real mountain biking tour!

Children trying to sell bracelets and necklaces to buy some candies...!

Black tie village (Akha tribe), a place where the Lao Lao whiskey is distilled. Let's buy some for later! 6000 KIP (0,60 Euro) 1 liter. This shop was also the gasoline station, check the refilled bottles!

Red tie village (Akha tribe), silk process and weaving. After visiting the commission shops lunch was being prepared. Our guide started giving out shots! Many many rounds followed with more and more locals joining with their own Lao Lao. Rejecting is an insult...

After many whiskey shots our guide explained us a LOT about Buddhism and the time he spend as a monk.

A place to eat local Laos food is Two Sisters at the New Bus station. The Laab Khuay (buffalo salad) with sticky rice was a bit strange...

Amandra Villa, in front of the New Bus station.

Accommodation recommendation: Amandra Villa, Luang Namtha
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We moved to Zuela Guesthouse because Amandra Villa was fully booked. The booking went wrong but we ended up in the family room and moved to another for the next night. Mind you that (hot) water can be a challenge at the beginning of the evening, when the people come back from the tours... Luang Namtha village seems to close at 10PM. Zuela has an amazing restaurant as well, but the tribe ladies will drive you crazy with their selling tactics! Try the Nueng Seen Hor (meat in lettuce leaves steamed with dip sauce) and the Roasted Tomato Jeow, jeow is a local chili paste.

Accommodation recommendation: Zuela Guesthouse and Restaurant, Luang Namtha
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  • 3407 km / 2117 miles done total
  • 2593 km / 1611 miles to go
  • 50 days done
  • 42 days to go
  • 27 provinces crossed
  • 18 provinces to go

Provinces:
Phuket - Phang Nga - Ranong - Chumphon - Prachuap Khiri Khan - Phetchaburi - Ratchaburi - Kanchanaburi - Suphanburi - Ayutthaya - Lopburi - Singburi - Chainat - Uthai Thani - Nakhon Sawan - Phichit - Phitsanulok - Sukhothai - Uttaradit - Phrae - Lampang - Lamphun - Chiang Mai - Mae Hong Son - Chiang Rai - Bokeo - Luang Namtha - Udomxai - Luang Prabang - Vientiane (khwaeng) - Vientiane (prefecture) - Kamphaeng Nakhon Wieng Chan - Bolikhamsai - Khammuan - Nakhon Phanom - Mukdahan - Kalasin - Roi Et - Maha Sarakham - Buriram - Nakhon Ratchasima - Nakhon Nayok - Pathum Thani - Nonthaburi - Bangkok

Saleng expedition, intro
Phuket Town to Laem Phrao, and we're off! (Saleng 1)
Laem Phrao to Khao Lak, the Dutch bobsled team! (Saleng 2)
Khao Lak to Praphat, thumbs up! (Saleng 3)
Praphat to Ko Phayam, saleng on board! (Saleng 4)
Ko Phayam, time to relax! (Saleng 5)
Ko Phayam to Ranong, hot springs & Loy Krathong! (Saleng 6)
Ranong to Thung Wua Laen (Chumphon), coast to coast! (Saleng 7)
Thung Wua Laen (Chumphon) to Bang Boet Bay, scenic route! (Saleng 8)
Bang Boet Bay to Thap Sakae, we have a problem! (Saleng 9)
Thap Sakae to Prachuap Khiri Khan, aircrafts crossing! (Saleng 10)
Prachuap Khiri Khan to Hua Hin, snakes and dead end roads! (Saleng 11)
Hua Hin, we need business cards! (Saleng 12)
Hua Hin to Petchaburi, visiting a tropical vine yard! (Saleng 13)
Petchaburi, amazing cave temple and aggressive monkeys! (Saleng 14)
Petchaburi to Kanchanaburi, discovering the walking directions of Google Maps! (Saleng 15)
Kanchanaburi, King's Day & Light & Sound Festival 2015 (Bridge over the river Kwae)! (Saleng 16)
Kanchanaburi, Bridge Over The River Kwae! (Saleng 17)
Kanchanaburi to Ayutthaya, being the attraction and escort service! (Saleng 18)
Ayutthaya, writing Thai and some cultural differences! (Saleng 19)
Ayutthaya, ruins, strange tuk-tuks and Christmas time! (Saleng 20)
Ayutthaya to Lopburi, going Dutch! (Saleng 21)
Lopburi, bikers in monkey town! (Saleng 22)
Lopburi to Pho Prathap Chang, why didn't we get a car? (Saleng 23)
Pho Prathap Chang to Sukhothai, HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY Birthday! (Saleng 24)
Sukhothai, saleng at UNESCO World Heritage site! (Saleng 25)
Sukhothai to Phrae, we're not the slowest! (Saleng 26)
Phrae, think big! (Saleng 27)
Phrae to Lampang, 2000 km done! (Saleng 28)
Lampang, ladies not allowed! (Saleng 29)
Lampang to San Kamphaeng, visiting an elephant hospital! (Saleng 30)
San Kamphaeng to Chiang Mai, we made it before Christmas! (Saleng 31)
Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son, Christmas time in the tropics! (Saleng 32)
Mae Hong Son to Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son loop with saleng! (Saleng 33)
Muay Thai in Chiang Mai! (Saleng 34)
Countdown party 2016 in Chiang Rai! (Saleng 35)
Saleng to Mae Salong, the little engine that could! (Saleng 36)
Mae Salong to Chiang Khong, opium at the Golden Triangle! (Saleng 37)
Border crossing with saleng, we're in Laos! (Saleng 38)
Luang Namtha outdoor adventures! (Saleng 39)
It's too cold in the tropics! (Saleng 40)
Off the beaten track! (Saleng 41)
Relaxing in Luang Prabang! (Saleng 42)
Peak performance: Saleng at 1900 meters /6233 feet! (Saleng 43)
Tubing in Vang Vieng! (44)
Eating dust while reaching 4000 KM / 2485 miles! (Saleng 45)
Fixing the bike, one more time! (Saleng 46)
Reaching base camp, Thakhek loop with extreme cold weather! (Saleng 47)
Konglor Cave, underground river adventure! (Saleng 48)
Finishing the Thakhek Loop with the saleng! (Saleng 49)
Relaxing in Thakhek! (Saleng 50)
Border crossing with an unidentified object! (Saleng 51)
Farang in Isaan! (Saleng 52)
Reaching 5000 KM / 3107 miles around Roi Et! (Saleng 53)
Tree hugging and Khmer temples in Phimai! (Saleng 54)
Tasting new latitude wines in Khao Yai! (Saleng 55)
Cruising through Khao Yai National Park with the saleng! (Saleng 56)
We made it to Bangkok! The final chapter! (Saleng 57)
SOLD the saleng! (Saleng 58)


To be continued, stay tuned!



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