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The Boat Landing Guesthouse

Well designed, attractive bungalows on the river

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What we say: 4 stars

The only upmarket choice in Luang Nam Tha, The Boat Landing is attractive, comfortable and well-designed. They offer a lot of services, serve great food, provide information about the area and things to do, and are committed to giving something back to the local community. Set at the official boat landing about 6km out of Luang Nam Tha itself, The Boat Landing is also in a picturesque setting on the Nam Tha river. Ten wooden bungalows line the bank of the river and face the water. Rooms are well furnished, with nice touches like locally made handicrafts and solar powered lights. Rooms have bathrooms with western toilet and hot shower. Showers are heated with solar energy as part of the Boat Landing's commitment to eco-tourism, but this does mean that there's often not enough hot water to go around in the high season. Get in early, or go without. There are four different room sizes, and prices: small twin, large twin, double suite and family room. The latter two are generous sized two-room bungalows. On the grounds there is a restaurant, which serves a delicious selection of northern Lao food. Prices are not cheap, but reasonable given the food is so good and restaurants are scarce in the area. They also sell nine illustrated postcards explaining how to cook their most popular dishes. The guesthouse has a number of other services: laundry, international telephone calls, money exchange, bag storage while you go on local treks, an informative book library and handicrafts for sale. Probably the most interesting thing is the information about the region and the local trips that they offer. From The Boat Landing you can do walks and excursions to local villages by yourself, or go on organised bike or boat trips. They can also organise trekking trips with the Tourism Office.

Check out their excellent website,, which shows in detail not just information about their own guesthouse, but also other guesthouses in Luang Nam Tha. The Boat Landing is definitely worth a visit for a meal or snack, if not to stay for your whole visit.

    Contact details:

    6km out of town.  T: (086) 312 398 F: (086) 312 239  
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    What we were quoted

    Type of room Low season High season Notes
    Dbl fan private b'room 17 28 upto $22/30
    Deluxe Suite 33 45
    Extra Bed 5 5
    Family room 33 45

    Added to Travelfish on: 28th September, 2004
    Last visited or updated on: 9th October, 2006

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    Reviews about The Boat Landing Guesthouse

    nice but the brand new Namtha Riverside better
    By narnie, 20 August 2010
    4.0  stars

    Very nice but overpriced
    By paulsuzanne, 08 February 2010
    3.0  stars

    Well worth the money
    By dragonnite, 28 January 2009
    4.0  stars

    Wonderful place to stay
    By marianwarren, 29 October 2007
    5.0  stars

    Fantastic Guesthouse
    By messej01,
    4.0  stars

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