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The Nam Tha (Lao: ນໍ້າ ທາ, Tha River ) is an approximately 215 km long river in northwestern Laos. It rises in the province of Luang Namtha near the Chinese border, flowing through narrow valleys to the southwest and ends at Pak Tha near Ban Huay Xay in Bokeo province in the Mekong River, of which it is one of the twelve major tributaries.
The most attractive places along the river, the city of Luang Namtha, which is named after him, which was founded in 1980 Nalae that represents the border of the upper and lower reaches and Pak Tha at the mouth. From cultural and tourist importance are the villages of Ban Mo with the cave temple Tham Davadueng and Ban Peng, home to several waterfalls and caves are.
The headwaters of the Nam Tha is roughly the eastern border of the reserve Nam Ha dar. The river flows from the source to the mouth of the districts ( Muang ) Namtha, Nalae (both province of Luang Namtha ) and Pha Oudom and Pak Tha (both Bokeo province ). In a short section, it forms the border with the neighboring province of Oudomxay.
Since in the region, no major road links exist, the most important transport route between the Nam Tha Luang Namtha and Pak Tha. However, because of shoals and narrow places it is only by small boats (mostly open longtail boats ) passable. The drive from Luang Namtha to Huay Xay on the Thai border takes two days and was to the building of modern highway further north one of the most important compounds from China to Thailand. During the dry season from March to May, the ship traffic up to Nalae is possible due to low water level, at this time, but then again who rarely passable road between Nalae and Luang Namtha passable.
Near the river there are mineral resources such as copper, gold, zircon and sapphire.