Nam Khan River supplies the perfect mix of tranquility and entertainment in the exciting city of Luang Prabang.

Nam Khan River, Luang Prabang, Laos Nam Khan River, Luang Prabang, Laos

Nam Khan River with a wide number of attractions to discover, this sought-after part of town will not cease to amaze you.

Nam Khan River, Luang Prabang, Laos Nam Khan River, Luang Prabang, Laos

Providing warmth and comfort, Nam Khan River makes for a relaxing holiday destination after a long week of working.

Nam Khan River, Luang Prabang, Laos Nam Khan River, Luang Prabang, Laos

Nam Khan is a river in Laos.

Nam Khan River, Luang Prabang, Laos Nam Khan River, Luang Prabang, Laos

Nam Khan River flows through Luang Prabang.

Nam Khan River, Luang Prabang, Laos Nam Khan River, Luang Prabang, Laos

Nam Khan River is a major tributary of the river Mekong

Nam Khan River, Luang Prabang, Laos Nam Khan River, Luang Prabang, Laos

Nam Khan River - Covering more than 40% of the Mekong 's catchment area.

Nam Khan River, Luang Prabang, Laos Nam Khan River, Luang Prabang, Laos

Nam Khan is a river which flows through Luang Prabang – the beautiful former capital of Laos. It is a major tributary of Mekong River. For those who are seeking a gentle river to go kayaking and sightseeing, Nam Khan River will be a wonderful choice.

Nam Khan River covers more than 40% of the Mekong’s catchment area. Administratively, Nam Khan Basin comprises 8 districts and 298 villages of 3 provinces in northern Laos (Houaphanh, Luang Prabang and Xiengkouang). Especially, up to 243 villages (about 82%) belong to 5 districts of Luang Prabang.

This river is 253km in length, originating in Phou Nampa and draining down to Mekong River in Luang Prabang Town. In terms of topography, Nam Khan Basin is characterized by beautiful landscape formed by active and continuing processes.

In fact, Nam Khan River plays a vital role in river communication in the basin area since most of the villages here have no road access. It serves as a main water transport for residents who live upstream. For small and medium sized boats (1.5 tons capacity), this river is navigable throughout the year. There are about 20% of the visitors reaching Luang Prabang by boats. Nam Khan River has not been much used for this purpose, but has had its traditional values contributing to tourism by way of being the place for boat racing festivals – one of the main religious events in Luang Prabang.

As mentioned above, Nam Khan River is not a bad choice for kayaking. The best time for kayaking and rafting is between June and December every year. That’s when the rivers are far slower towards the end of the dry season (from January to April). The feeling when you paddle downstream to the small rapids is so great. Nam Khan River is gentle and serene, so there is no need to worry about dangers of kayaking here. You will even have a chance to go kayak and admire the beauty of nature at the same time.

On the other hand, Nam Khan River supplies the perfect mix of tranquility and entertainment in the exciting city of Luang Prabang. Majestic mountains, a winding river and long bamboo bridges bring tourists wonderful experiences of a peaceful land in the former capital of Laos. There is no traffic jams, pollution or noisy commercial centers in this place. Coming here, visitors will have only the sense of tranquility. But it’s wrong if you think of it as a boring countryside because Nam Khan River with a wide range of attractions to discover will not cease to amaze you. Providing warmth and comfort, it certainly makes up a relaxing holiday destination after a long week of working.

Another unmissable thing when you visit Nam Khan River is admiring the sunset. Standing on Mt Phou si of Luang Prabang and seeing the sunset over Nam Khan River are really an enjoyable sight. That’s the time travelers can completely feel the beauty of an ancient and peaceful Luang Prabang from on high. And if you have more time, don’t hesitate to wait until the night. The river under the cover of dark will become more mysterious and interesting. Sometimes, it also evokes the feeling of loneliness in human’s heart.

Of many tourist spots in Laos, many people often think of only Vientiane, Luang Prabang Old Town, Xiengkouang… Occasionally, they forget that there are still numerous other beautiful landscapes which haven’t been exploited yet. And Nam Khan River, the poetic river of Luang Prabang, is such a natural setting. So I hope that with this article, you will have a great journey to this land and discover the beauty of this river next time.

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