Northwestern Laos comprises dramatic, misty mountainous scenery, clad with thick forests and peppered with small villages. This area is home to a variety of ethnic minority groups including the Akha, Hmong, Khmu and Yao and is a firm favourite with trekkers. The mighty Mekong forges its way through picturesque towns, affording visitors a wonderful glimpse of riverine life. Over 30 ethnic groups reside in Luang Namtha province, making it the most ethnically diverse in the country. Principal minorities include Tai Lue, Tai Dam, Lanten, Hmong and Khamu.