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Adventure, Experience of a lifetime-2 Days Kayak Nam Tha River (ID: NT-KY-02)
 
River: Nam Tha River
Departure: Daily
Paddle approx. 5 hours/day
Difficulty: Moderate adventure
 
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.
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Itinerary
Day 1: Ban Mai Pasak-Ban Sope Tud-Ban Huaylued. Approx. 5 hours kayaking
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 kayaking
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.
 
 
Boat Trip on Nam Tha River Map
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Note: Nam Tha 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.
   
 
 
 
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