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There are technically two towns which make up Luang Namtha: the new town and the old town. The new town contains most of the tourist attractions and guesthouses, while the old town is home to the airport and boat landing. Most people visit Luang Namtha for the beautiful surrounding area and to go trekking through the Nam Ha Protected Area, a nature reserve near Luang Namtha.
Can be rented for US$0.30 per hour or US$1 per day.
Most restaurants are in the new town. There is also a market near the bus station that serves street food.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The country code for Laos is 856. To dial out of the country, the international access code is 00. There are plenty of public phone booths in Laos but these are pretty useless as phonecards are no longer sold and the technology is rather archaic. For long distance calls it's much better to use a post office or internet cafe. The best place however is the local Telecom Office.
Mobile phone users can use their own GSM mobile phone in Laos. Roaming tends to be expensive, so if you're planning on using your phone a fair bit it may well be worth buying a local SIM card and purchasing prepaid minutes. SIMs are normally around US$5 and both Lao Telecom and ETL have good network coverage.
Post Offices is open 8:00am to noon and 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday. For the best postal services, send your mail from Vientiane as the post in the provinces is less reliable. In general it takes anywhere from 1 to over 2 weeks to send post to/from Laos. If you are going to Thailand, post from there as it's more reliable and faster. If you are worried about sending home valuable items there is a Federal Express office inside the main post office in Vientiane. You might also check possibilities with companies like DHL, TNT or UPS.
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