Meet Pak Tha on The Mekong

Take a walk around this remote Mekong outpost at the mouth of the Nam Tha River. It serves as port to transport goods and people between Luang Namtha and The Mekong. You can even camp on its beach.


Pak Tha sits where the Nam Tha River empties into the Mekong after flowing from China and Luang Namtha. The tiny landing is about a 2-hour cruise down the Mekong from Houay Xay, and is a mandatory checkpoint for all passing river traffic. This also marks the point where the Mekong leaves its role as the Thai-Lao border and travels solely through Laos until it re-joins the demarcation near Chiang Khan, Thailand. Activities are limited, though a couple of cruise itineraries stop there to camp on the beach.

Tour operators offer 2-day Nam Tha River voyages between the Luang Namtha provincial capital and Houay Xay, with an overnight at Ban Khone Kham, a Tai Lue fishing and weaving village with a lodge and homestays.


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