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  • Phongsaly

    • Located: in the northern part of Laos (Northern Provinces)
    • Total area: 16,270 square kilometers
    • Population: 176,151
    • 07 Districts: Phongsaly, May, Khua, Samphanh, Boun Neua, Boun Tai & Gnot-Ou
    • Capital of the province: Phongsaly

    Phongsaly province is located farthest north of Laos, which shares border with China and Vietnam. Most of Phongsaly is at high attitudes, and capital is located 1,400 m above sea level. The forests of Phongsaly are the most remote and well preserved in northern Laos and scenery includes spectacular limestone mountains and the Nam Ou river ( the biggest tributary of the Mekong ). The population is make up of about 22 different ethnicities, with being Phounoi, Tai Lu, Khmu, Akha, Haw, Yao,Oma, Poulee, Mouchee, Laoloum, Pala, Lolopho, Hmong, Cherpia, Laoseng, Laobith, Hayi, Tai Neua, Erpa…

    The capital of Phongsaly province is Phongsaly town, which has complicated history. Having served as a Chinese, French and Vietnamese outposts. The town himself is surrounded by rolling hills and it built into the side of Phoufa Mountain.

    The town buildings have interesting architectural features, and the Museum of tribe is excellent way to see an afternoon, admiring various ethnic minority artifacts and handicrafts.

    Phongsali Town
    The provincial capital city is perched on a small ridgetop plateau, over 4,500 feet high. Above, the peak of Phou Fa rises and the town boasts panoramic views of the countryside below. Wandering through the town will lead visitors to the Old Quarter, a medieval-looking part of Phongsali, characterized by houses constructed with mud bricks, ornate Chinese carvings and ancient winding roads.

    Museum of Tribes
    The Museum of Tribes in Phongsali Town provides an interesting insight into the lives of the Phongsali ethnic tribes and there are a diversity of local costumes on display as well as a collection of traditional wooden utensils.

    Trekking within the Phongsali province provides remarkable and rare sights from a part of the country that has been barely visited. Walking up the steep, forested incline to the peak of Phou Fa offers breathttaking views over both Phongsali town and magnificent Lao landscapes. Other mountainous hikes present a challenging-yet-rewarding climb to any trekker, with sensational, uninterrupted views from the top over landlocked terrains and rolling mountains. In addition to the chance to explore Laos’ undiscovered and stunning countryside, trekkers may also find themselves encountering hidden hill-tribe villages, nestled high up in the hills.

    Hill Tribe Visits
    Phongsali is home to a number of curious hill tribes that live in secluded rustic villages, tucked away amongst the hills. Just within this one province are numerous different tribes – the Hmong, Akha Epia, Black Thai, Lan Tan, Akha Ikor, Por Sang, Akha Loma are just a few within the region. They adopt unique traditions with the women wearing specific tribal-wear with colorful garments, flamboyant embroidery and applique, jewellery and silver ornaments and distinctive head-dresses. The tribes are not accustomed to seeing visitors and foreigners are often greeted with an intriguing stare. Visiting these hill tribes provide an extraordinary insight into Laos’ simple way of life that is seen by very few outsiders.

    Yunnan to Laos Overland (13D12N)

    Yunnan to Laos Overland (13D12N)

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    Enjoy our "Yunnan Laos Overland" adventure tour of an epic overland trip to Laos. Start from China, this trip passes through the lands between Kunming and Luang Prabang. Discover stunning landscapes that very few travelers get to see, from remote villages with colourfully-costumed residents...
    Phongsaly Loop (6D5N)

    Phongsaly Loop (6D5N)

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    Viphaphone Hotel

    Viphaphone Hotel

    Diagonally opposite the Phongsali Hotel, in the eastern part of town, the three-storey Viphaphone is notable due to its yellow exterior. Rooms are large, clean, and have comfy beds and a window with a nice view. Viphaphone hotel rooms feature practical room amenities that meet the...