Introduction to Na Luong Village 

Na Luong is situated in Na Tam Commune, Tam Duong Town, Lai Chau province, northwest Vietnam. According to the locals, “Luong” in Laos language means ‘dragon’ and “Na” means ‘field’. Legend has it that the rich land with flat terrain surrounded by green mountains and the gentle Nam Mu River is very favorable for rice and corn crops. Because of the dreaming landscape and the kind-hearted people, dragons often come down to bathe in the river and then rest in the fields.

There are 94 households with over 400 members in Na Luong and they are all Laos people. Their traditional culture is still well-preserved and developed, the cultural traditions seem to be unchanged. Coming here, tourists will see the classical beauty of the four-roof architectural stilt houses, enjoy the fresh air and the peaceful atmosphere of the forest, and talk to the kind-hearted local people. Viewing from the high mountain, Na Luong is hidden in the immense green forest and clouds, among the bewitching golden terraces fields. You will hear the birds whistling happy melodies at dawn, and the sunset, you will see the homey and bustling atmosphere in the wooden houses in this mountainous area.

The attraction comes to visitors from the very beginning of the village when they have to cross the precarious suspension bridge, the feeling of floating and wandering in the mountain wind along with the trail leading to the village through the fields in the harvest season.

Lao people in Na Luong are very friendly, honest, and hospitable. The main farming method of many Lao people in Laos is wet rice cultivation and maize cultivation. Rice occupies most of the agricultural land. The pristine and noble natural landscape, with characteristics of the Northwest highlands, and gentle and hospitable people... have created the tourism potential of Na Luong.

Cultural information

Until now, the lives of local people are largely self-sufficient. The main dishes are prepared from home-grown foods: wild vegetables, grilled stream fishes, and rice in bamboo cane (“com lam”). Even though it is just 10 km from the town, people in Na Luong plant vegetables for themselves and contribute to developing community tourism. The Laos men are good at carpentry, knitting, and fishing, while the womenfolk are good at planting a cotton tree, raising silkworms, and weaving. The women here often spend time embroiling, sewing, and decorating patterns on their costumes. Every detail in the pattern marks their hard work, patience, and love of nature, as well as the dream of a beautiful life for the local people.

To preserve the folk songs and dances, especially “múa xòe” and “lăm vông”, ever since a decade, the local people have established a team of 20 singers, performing to bring happiness and encourage people, to pray for good weather and to build cultural life in the villages.

The dress dance and drum dance with traditional musical instruments such as drums, gongs, pan-pipes, and flutes are always organized, especially in the “Bun Vốc Năm” Festival (water festival). To have a healthy set of black teeth, after waking up in the morning and before going to bed in the evening, the Laos women often use the powder of the “mày tỉu” tree (a product from the forest) to rub and wash their teeth. Besides, the women still maintain the custom of chewing betel.


Transport to Na Luong Village

Na Luong village is located right on the green, peaceful Nam Mu river and more than 7km east of the 4D national highway. Specifically, belonging to the territory of Na Tam commune, Tam Duong district, Lai Chau province. After about 20 minutes on the winding road winding around the mountainside, visitors will be overwhelmed by the natural scenery here.

In the golden sunlight of the late afternoon, the Nam Mu line at the beginning of the village sparkles in the sun like silver. Looking down from above, striking visitors is the golden rice field in the harvest season. Na Luong appears with the ancient houses on stilts, the clouds of blue smoke in the afternoon are reflected in the shadows of ancient trees.


What’s good to eat in Na Luong Village

The food of many Lao people is mainly taken from nature such as wild vegetables, and stream fish to process special dishes such as ‘Chẩm chéo”, “cỏi”, “lạp”, “mắm cá”,... When catching a lot of fish, the people often pickle them with salt, make salads, salads, or dishes, bake them with lemongrass leaves, and wrap them in kitchen ash. At the beginning of the new year, there will often be winter-dried fish cooked.

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    Thanks to the focus on preserving and promoting the national cultural traditions, the customs and habits seem to have remained intact over time. Therefore, coming to this place, visitors will admire the ancient beauty of the stilt houses with typical 4-roof architecture, breathe in the fresh air, and enjoy the feeling of peace and quiet. where the Northwest mountains and forests and especially to exchange and chat with honest people, with simple but warm hearts.

    Looking down from above, Na Luong is hidden in a vast green forest, with immense mountains and clouds, with beautiful golden ripe rice fields. At dawn, the birds chirp happily, then after each evening, the warm sceneries and reunions are bustling in the charming wooden houses in this mountainous region.


    Entertainment in Na Luong Village

    Coming to Na Luong village, in addition to experiencing the daily production and labor life of the people beside the terraced fields, the almost pristine forest, or the rich, diverse flora and fauna. Guests are also immersed in the typical cultural space, traditional.

    The beautiful costumes, the glossy black teeth of the girls to the ancient folk dance songs with the sound of the trumpet, the flute, or the custom of splashing water (Bun Voc Nam) during festivals, holidays, weddings... Everything seems to blend together to create a unique, friendly, and hospitable Na Luong.

    Another attractive point of Na Luong is the amazing bustling atmosphere in spring. The young men and women are excited to find their life partner by choosing a good day to “pull wife” or choosing a good time to “knock the floor”. If the woman agrees, the man’s family will talk to her family and the young man will propose to the girl. Otherwise, they remain friends, so their lives here are always happy.

    Handmade brocade weaving of Lao people is very unique. But at present, there are not many products from this brocade weaving, if you want to buy a Pieu scarf like the people here, you have to go to the homes of the people with the weaving profession to ask to buy. Most of the Lao men in the village are good at carpentry, woodworking, knitting, and fishing. Lao women are very good at planting mulberries, growing cotton, raising silkworms, and weaving fabrics. 

    Textile products of the Lao people are beautiful textile products in the Northwest, comparable to the textile products of the Thai people. According to households, many of their unique products are ordered to bring to consumption in Sa Pa.

    An activity not to be missed when coming here is exploring Na Luong cave. Na Luong is a cave discovered in recent years that still retains its original wild features. When coming here, visitors will be overwhelmed by the entrance of the cave up to nearly 30m wide, 15m high, making the space become magnificent.

    Around the cave are open spaces and the cave door is surrounded by vines and precious woods, creating a mysterious look for this place. The deeper you go, the more different branches you will have. And depending on your preferences, visitors can choose to follow each separate branch of the cave to explore. Any branch of the cave is full of beautiful stalactites.

    Visitors will certainly be extremely surprised because there are many stalactites shaped like pigs, buffaloes, fish and countless other shapes that create an extremely close and interesting natural scene. This interesting cave is located deep inside the mountain and is home to countless bats.

    Therefore, the image of bats hanging upside down on stalactites creates an extremely vivid image. The cool surrounding space has become a destination for thousands of tourists. Finding Na Luong is about finding peaceful moments, and returning to wonderful nature.