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Luang Namtha Province

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Luang Namtha is a province of Laos located in the north of the country. From 1966 to 1976 it formed, together with Bokeo, the province of Houakhong. Luang Namtha Province covers an area of. Its provincial capital is Luang Namtha. The province borders with Yunnan, China to the north, Oudomxai Province to the east and southeast, Bokeo Province to the southwest, and Shan State, Burma to the northwest.The province contains the Nam Ha National Biodiversity Conservation Area and is one of the main sugar cane and rubber producing areas of Laos with numerous plantations. There are some 20 temples in Muang Sing, including Wat Sing Jai and Wat Namkeo. The anthropological Luang Namtha Museum is located in Luang Namtha.HistoryThe history of Luang Namtha Province is traced to inhabitants who lived here about 6,000 years ago, evidenced by archaeological finds of stone implements discovered from the Nam Jook River Valley in Vieng Phoukha. The Xieng Khaeng Chronicles also mention existence of Xieng Khaeng town in the early 15th century, on the shores of the Mekong River. As its prosperity increased it became a vassal of the Lanna Kingdom of Northern Thailand until the early 16th century. However, from the mid-16th until the early 19th century it came under the control of Burma. In the first half of the 19th century, it was under Siamese rule and was involved in many battles. In 1885, Chao Fa Silinor, supported by 1,000 Tai-Lue people took control of Muang Sing, attracted by its large agricultural lands.
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