Ban Nam Dee Homestay
Luang Namtha District & Province, Laos
the Community Based Tourism "CBT"
Laos Homestay
Background & Lanten Minority
Lanten People in Luang Namtha, LaosThe Lanten wear distinctive black indigo-dyed cotton clothing with pink trim and silver jewelry. They too have migrated south from China over the past hundred years or so, bringing cultural practices and beliefs based on a mix of Taoism, ancestor and spirit worship. The Lanten live primarily along the province’s smaller rivers and streams, and are sometimes referred to as Lao Houay, meaning “stream Lao.” The Lanten produce high quality cotton cloth, wooden ceremonial masks and durable bamboo paper. Like the closely related Yao, they have a well-developed writing system based on ancient Chinese characters. Men record religious texts, rituals and legends on bamboo paper that is produced by Lanten women.

One place that Lanten ceremonial masks are still being made is in Nam Lue Village. Mr. Lao Lee, a Lanten shaman that lives in Nam Lue village reports that the production of these masks almost ...Read more...
Community Based Tourism (CBT)
Homestay in LaosCommunity based tourism in Ban Nam Dee was initiated in 2003. It was developed in response to preserve natures and as an alternative source of income for local villagers. According to the village headman, as poverty is still a main problem in the area, there is a need to generate jobs and income for villagers in order to prevent them from illegal forest encroachment. The original idea of community based tourism was raised by The Community Based Eco-Tourism Project (CBETP) - funding from New Zealand...Read more...
Ecotourism Activities
Eco-Tourism Activities in Nam Nam DeeTo date, around 1,500 tourists visit Ban Nam Dee annually and 300 are catered for by the homestay. Hundred per cent of the homestay tourists are foreigners. Income generated from ecotourism is about 10,000 US$ per annum. This figure increased from 2,000 US$ in 2005. Each homestay household usually obtains 400-500 US$ income per annum and 10 per cent of incomes are allocated to village development as follows: 5 per cent to the village development fund, and 5 per cent as the compensation to the...Read more...
Forest Resources. Available in the top of the villages is surrounded by the forest area with the domination of hill evergreen forest; the area has a high diversity of tree species. This community forest serves as a source of non-timber forest products and campsite for ecotourism.
Nam Dee Waterfall
Nam Dee Waterfall. There is one small waterfall originated from the natural stream in Ban Nam Dee.  The area around the waterfall offers good facilities, like a small handicraft shop managed by the villagers; toilets and a house for picnics.
Bamboo Making in Nam DeeBamboo and Mulberry Bark Paper. The Lanten make a durable paper out of bamboo that was traditionally used to record ancient religious texts and legends. This rough brown parchment is made from finely pounded bamboo pulp that is thinly spread across a large sheet of cotton and then dried in the sun. The paper is still used for its traditional purposes, and is also now made into photo albums, journals and lamp shades, some accented with the Lanten script. Upon entering a Lanten home, one will notice a small spirit altar on the wall near the middle of the house that may have bits of bamboo or mulberry bark paper hanging from it. This paper, like other ritual items, should not be disturbed by anyone expect the owners of the house or a shaman that is invited to perform certain ceremonies associated with it. The best time to see bamboo paper making is during the months of January-March.
Lanten-Homestay in Luang Namtha, LaosEmbroidery. Most of Luang Namtha’s ethnic groups embroider patterns based on the natural or mystical world into their traditional clothing using cotton or silk thread. The fine needlework seen on an authentic Yao woman’s colorful pants, tunic and turban may take her up to one year to complete. Equally colorful and difficult to make is the traditional Hmong clothing that can be seen during the Hmong New Year’s festival in December/January each year. The Lanten embroider bags, shirts and children’s hats with colorful cotton patterns. Almost as intricate as a Yao woman’s costume are Lanten and Yao shaman’s robes. These robes have dragon and celestial motifs that are very difficult to produce.
Culture and Way of Life. Ban Nam Dee is Lao Huay (Lanten) that still keeps their traditional culture and way of life; it possesses a unique Northern Laos culture. They have their own traditional customs that major tourism attraction.
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