The Boat Land has become an institution in Luang Namtha.
The rooms are clean. The plumbing exemplary. The location on the Nam Tha river is lovely. The staff consists of young people from the village who make a real effort to keep the guest house as the previous manger would have liked it. They do speak basic English.
There is no wi-fi.
The tranquility has been shattered however by a karaoke bar that has been installed about 200 meters from the guest house. The noise (music, singing) was loud. It started in the late afternoon and went on into the night. Not late, but late enough. It happens daily. One does not need that kind of a distraction at a location such as that of the Boat Landing. It is unfortunate that local officials allow the noise pollution.
The food continues to be excellent; truly some of the very best northern Lao food. The cook out-does those in Luang Prabang.
In summary, the Boat Landing is trying hard to keep up the standards that were set for them. They are unable, however, to control external factors that spoil the environment.