Luang Namtha

Luang Namtha (Luang Nam Tha) (Lao: ມ. ຫລວງນໍ້າທາ) is a district as well as the capital of Luang Namtha Province in northern Laos. The city lies on the Tha River (Nam Tha).

Luang Namtha
ຫລວງນໍ້າທາ
Namtha District
Luang Namtha Stupa.jpg
Luang Namtha is located in Laos
Luang Namtha
Luang Namtha
Location in Laos
Coordinates: 20°57′N 101°24′E / 20.950°N 101.400°E / 20.950; 101.400
CountryLaos
Admin. divisionLuang Namtha Province
Population
 (2015)
 • Total28,551
 • Religions
Buddhism
Time zoneUTC+7 (ICT)

Coordinates: 20°57′N 101°24′E / 20.950°N 101.400°E / 20.950; 101.400

Luang Namtha is a popular tourist destination, and a base for treks, biking to the surrounding hill tribe villages. The Luang Namtha Museum is in the town.

HistoryEdit

From January through May 1962, troops from the Royal Lao Army (RLA) fought the Pathet Lao and People's Army of Vietnam in the Battle of Luang Namtha. The battle ended with the RLA's headlong retreat southward 150 kilometers across the Mekong River.[1]

TransportEdit

In the rainy season, Luang Namtha can be reached by boat from the Mekong River. It is connected by Highway 3 to both the Thai border at Houayxay-Chiang Khong (197 km (122 mi)) and the Chinese border at Boten-Mengla County (60 km (37 mi)). Luang Namtha is also served by Louang Namtha Airport, 6 km (3.7 mi) south of the city.

GalleryEdit

Luang Namtha centre

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Conboy, Kenneth; Morrison, James (1995). Shadow War: The CIA's Secret War in Laos. Paladin Press. pp. 67–73. ISBN 0-87364-825-0. Retrieved 31 May 2020.

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