It is very small, but it makes up for that owing to the very friendly people. There are a number of hill tribes living in the area such as the Akha and Lahu.
The rain poured down for the three days I was there, which dampened hopes of doing much trekking. This was compensated by spending time at the morning and night markets where I made use of my Thai and Lao to communicate with many local people. Also, I met a number of students from a University in Manila, representing some 22 Asian nationalities, who were in the region to study the success of irrigation projects and the impact they made on the local farmers. I had a very interesting time in Luang Namtha, and will return in the future.
I was there in January, so apart for the fantastic weather for motorcycle rides, the place is so beautiful and people are friendly.
But watch out for those Chinese vehicle entering Laos via Boten, driving luxury cars, as they really drive like they are missing some screws up on their head!! They probably think they own Laos!