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NAM HA

Location: Luang Namtha Province.

Area: 2,224 sq. km

Ecotourism activities available: trekking, river rafting, camping, kayaking, bird watching, mountain bike tours, village home stays.

Key species: mammals of significance are clouded leopard, leopard, and tiger. There are small populations of gaur, Asian elephant, and a possibly unique muntjac species.

Habitat: most of the area is covered by mixed deciduous forest. A range of mountains runs from “Phou 2094” to the China/Lao border. The top of this range is mainly dry evergreen forest and some grassland. Three large rivers drain southward to the Mekong: the Nam Tha, Nam Fa, and Nam Long.

Access: Easily accessed from Luang Namtha Town, Muang Sing and Vieng Phoukha.