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     Bokeo: Located along the three-border intersection of Laos , Myanmar and Thailand , form part of the Golden Triangle. It is home to a large number of minorities. Bokeo has five districts: Houixay, Ton Pheung, Muang, Pha Oudom, with 36 townships, more than 450 villages and a total population of 61,000 consisting of many ethnic groups, each with own lifestyles and customs. The most lucrative occupation in Bokeo is gold panning and digging for precious stones, where you can see at Ban Nam Khok (The Lu village), 6 km from the town and Ban Houi Sala (The Hmong village), it's around 18 km far from the town of Houixay.

At Ban Namkeung Kout, Ban Namkeung Mai and Ban Done Deng, it's 26 km far from the centre of Houixay town to the north is where you can visit the traditional Lu village, who came originally from Muang Sing, Luang Namtha. The villages can be reached by boat trip upstream from Houixay.
Houixay: It is important gateway for transport and trade as well as a valid border entry / exit point between Thailand (Chiangkhong, 137 kms from Chiang Rai ) and Laos . It is the starting / ending point for cruises to / from Luang Prabang.
Pakbeng: This long thin strip of village is perched half way up a hill with a view over the Mekong river. It is a stopover point for the journey by cruise to Luang Prabang from Houeixay or vice versa. Overnight at Luangxay Lodge in Pakbeng is feasible.
Hongsa: The area famous for authentic lifestyle of local people and elephant safari riding.
Oudomxay: This mountainous northern province is wedged between Luang Prabang in the cast, Phongsaly in the north cast, Sayabouri in the south and china sharing a small northern borders. This region has recently opened to tourism. The highlight of the visits is the unspoiled colorful minority villages, the beautiful nature and friendly people. Most of the provincial population of 283.000 is a mixture of 23 ethnic groups such as Hmong, lko, Mien, ( Yao ), Samtai, Thai Daeng, Thai Lu, Kamu, Lamet, Shan etc… Each with it owns distinct culture, religion, language and colorful style of dress. They are nonetheless hospitable and welcome visitors to their singular cultures are mostly untouched by 20th century.
     The capital, Muang Say , lies between two strings of Hmong villages. Oudomsay is also the ideal base for excursion and trekking to the varied sights and attractions, as well as destination in its own right.
     Near Muang Say a waterfall, Lak Sip-Et, attracts visitors, as do the hot springs near Muang La. Muang Say is connected by road to Pakbeng, a rustic town stretching along the Mekong .
     Luang Namtha , is a northern province bordering on China and Myanmar and its selection is based upon a series of environment, social, cultural, historical and development factors which make the site an excellent location to evaluate the potential for sustainable cultural and ecotourism in and around a protected area. The forests are dense, and cover near 99% of the protected area. Wild cattle (gauar and banteng), Asian wild dogs, tigers, clouded leopard, bears and gibbons also having in the forests and there is still a large bird population.
     The area is populated by a variety of different ethnic groups. They consist of Khamu. Akha, Hmong, Yao (Mien). Besides the province also consist of the lowland Lao, Tai Lue, Thai Neua and Thai Dam who live in village just outside the protected area and the historic town of Muang Sing. Muang Sing originally formed part of group of principalities loosely linked under the leadership of a political entity called the Sipsongpanna whose political scat centered in southern Yunnan province, China .
     This province has a picturesque beauty with mountains, and many, old temples. Although many temples have been destroyed during the war, there still remains one major attraction and old temple noticeably different from other classical temples.
     Usually tour itinerary includes an outing to Boten, the Lao-Chinese border checkpoint. South west of Luang Namtha, the still pristine forests of Nam Ha protected area with varieties of wildlife and vegetation can be found

     
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