ATTAPEU
The most southeastern tip province of Laos; sharing borders with Sekong in the north, Champassack in the west,Vietnam in the East and Cambodia in the South. The province has a total population of around 87,700; consists of five districts: Saysettha, Sanamxay and Phouvong. The town is built in a large valley surrounded by mountains and also in the loop of the river, opposite the confluence of the Sekong and Sekhamane Rivers. Where the join an island is formed by a small arm of water connecting them upstream.

In early morning you can visit the traditional market, where many different minorities go to buy and sell their product. Most of the population in Saravane, Sakong, Attapue is plunders minorities. Comprising nine major tribes: Alak, Katang, Kaleum, Katou, Suay, Nge, Lave, Tahoy, Nyajeung.


BOKEO
BokeoLocated along the three-border intersection of Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, form part of the Golden Triangle. Bokeo is home to a large number of minorities. It has five districts: Houixay, Ton Pheung, Muang, Pha Oudom, with 36 townships, more than 450 villages and a total population of 61,000 consisting of many ethnic groups, each with own lifestyles and customs.

The most lucrative occupation in Bokeo is gold panning and digging for precious stones, where you can see at Ban Nam Khok (The Lu village), 6 km from the town and Ban Houi Sala (The Hmong village), it's around 18 km far from the town of Houixay. At Ban Namkeung Kout, Ban Namkeung Mai and Ban Done Deng, it's 26 km far from the center of Houixay town to the north where you can visit the traditional Lu village, who came originally from Muang Sing, Luang Namtha. The villages can be reached by boat trip, upstream from Houixay.


BORIKHAMSAY
Is located in tse central Laos in the narrow "neck" with moderately high mountains sloping southwest into the Mekong River valley. Vientiane and Xieng Khouang provinces lie to the north, Khammouane province to the south. Paksan the capital town is a commercial center. In Borikhamsay province, between Vientiane and the provincial capital.

The most famous attraction of the region is its striking landscape. At Ban Nahin, Poupha Mane, a stone forest featuring thousands of rock pinnacles, can be found. Due to its proximity to Lak Xao, the latter is within easy reach for tourists crossing to Vietnam. South of Lak Xao, the still pristine forests of Nam Thuen, protected area with varieties of wild life.


CHAMPASSACK
Champassack, lies to the southwestern Laos, the capital of Champassack is Pakse, which located at the confluence of the Mekong and the Sedon rivers. Southeast Asia's biggest waterfalls, Khone Pha Pheng, are within easy reach by boat or by road. There are many different minorities in Champassack. They have their own language, cultures and life styles. Champassack lush, fertile land encouraged rice cultivation. It's one of the largest producers of rice in the country. Parts of Bolaven Plateau, which rests on the border of Saravane and Champassack are used for cultivation of coffee, cardamon, bananas, and other crops.

Other parts, however, still offer pristine nature, especially in the mountainous central part constituting Dong Hua Sao Forest reserve, a proposed protected area which has dense jungle and abundant wild animal life. It locates at Phapho Village: located 67 kilometers south of Pakse on the road No.13. When the water level falls back again in the dry season, thousands of small islands rise from the river, giving the area the name Si Phan Done (4000 islands). The biggest island with 55,000 inhabitants is Done Khong, a peaceful place for an overnight visit. Several waterfalls drop over the escarpment. Some of the most spectacular are Tat Phan with height of 120 meters and Khon Pha Pheng. Another interesting island in this area is Done Khone, where the French built a 14 km long railway to by pass the rapids. Visitors can follow the old railway line, view and old locomotive, pass a massive French built bridge and watch a series of huge rive cascades called Tat Somphamit, also know as the Li Phi falls.

From the southern tip of Done Khone a small island is accessible from which Irrawaddy dolphins can be watched during the dry season and it is exited only on place in Asia. Mekong Dolphin Conservation Center is located on Done Khone Island. Tourists are welcome to visit the center. To visit the center, visitors must go by road to Bane Veunkham village and then take a boat north a few kilometers to the center. Forty six km south of Pakse, Wat Phou, one of the most important sights in Laos, is located. Wat Phou literally means mountain temple. The different levels of the temple structure, built along the slope of the adjacent mountain, date from the 6th century to the Angkor period of the 9th to 13th century.

The upper platform of the temple affords a wonderful view of the Mekong plain. Energetic visitors may want to climb the near by Phou Passak, whose peak is shaped like a lingam or Shiva phallus. Another Khmer monument, Muang Tomo or Oum Moung, can be visited on the opposite side of the Mekong. It is, however, less accessible than Wat Phou. The area has the remains of an ancient Khmer stone temple on Mount Phou Asa.At the most southwestern tip of Laos, along the Cambodian border, the Mekong river reaches its maximum breadth of 14 km (during the rainy season).


HUAPHANH
Huaphanh province, a mysterious, beautiful and abundant land, is situated in the North East of Laos, bordered by Xieng Khuang and Luangprabang to the west and Vietnam to the east.It was the best of the Lao people's Revolutionary activities and especially the historic interest as the geographical heart of the liberation struggle. The province has a total population of around 247,300; consisting of many ethnic groups, each with their own life styles, costumes, folkways in wedding and other ceremonies, festivals, folkdances and songs, differing from each other.Huaphanh has six districts: Viengxay, Xamnuea, Xamtai, Viengthong and Huamuang. The principle town is Viengxay the former name know as Nakai, according to the former time this area had many of birds, reptiles, wild animals.

One of the tourist attraction is Nam Nao waterfall.
The province is also a famous by limestone mountains and caves; more than one hundred caves are located in this area, such as Tham Than Souphanouvong, the former name know as Tham Phapount, in 1964 Mr. Souphanouvong came to set up his residence in this cave. Tham Than Kaysone, the former name known as Tham Yonesong, in 1964 this cave was establishedfor the residence of Mr. Kaysone Phonmvihane. Tham Than Khamtay is the part of Tham Xanglot; it was also the residence of Mr. Khamtay Siphandone; consisting of many compartments, such as meeting room, reception room and research room etc.


KHAMMOUANE
Khammouane is situated in the central part of Lao PDR with an area of moderately high mountains sloping down to the Mekong valley. Fertile land here is well suited to plantations of rice, cabbage, sugar cane, bananas etc. A total population of 260,000 is made up of low land and up Landers Lao groups: Phuan, Tahoy, Kri, Katang etc.

Thakhek
Thakhek is the provincial capital and is well know to day-tripping Thai from Nakhon Phanom, just across the Mekong River. It also has much well preserved French colonial architecture similar to that found in Vientiane. About 8 kilometers to the south of the town is the That Sikhotabong or Sikhotabong stupa, constructed around 9th to 10th century by King Nanthasen and restored in the 1950s. Besides, Khammouane province also rich with many caves, such as Tham Xieng Lieup, Tham Nang An, Tham Phanang and Tham Phaya In.


LUANG NAMTHA
Luang Namtha is a northern province bordering on China and Myanmar and its selection is based upon a series of environment, social, cultural, historical and development factors, which make the site an excellent location to, evaluated the potential for sustainable cultural and ecotourism in and around a protected area. The forests are dense, and cover near 99% of the protected area.

Wild cattle (gaur and banteng), Asian wild dogs, tigers, clouded leopard, bears and gibbons also having in the forests and there is still a large bird population. South west of Luang Namtha, the still pristine forests of Nam Ha protected area with varieties of wildlife and vegetation can be found.

The area is populated by a variety of different ethnic groups. They consist of Khamu, Akha, Hmong, and Yao (Mien). Besides the province also consist of the lowland Lao, Tai Lue, Thai Neua and Thai Dam who live in village just outside the protected area and the historic town of Muang Sing. Muang Sing originally formed part of group of principalities loosely linked under the leadership of political entity called the Sipsongpanna whose political seat centered in southern Yunnan province, China. This province has a picturesque beauty with mountains, and many old temples, although many temple have been destroyed during the war, there still remains one major attraction, and old temple noticeably from other classical temples.


LUANG PRABANG
Luang Prabang is the ancient capital city of the Lane Xang Kingdom. According to legend, its first later it was known as Xieng Thong. In recognition of the city's vast array of Lao monuments and its historic and culturally significant setting, UNESCO declared Luang Prabang as a World Heritage Site in 1995. Luang Prabang is situated at the confluence of the Khan and Mekong rivers. It is surrounded by green hills and impresses travelers with its gleaming temple roofs and crumbling French architecture.

The town is dominated by the Phu Si hill. On its slopes several wats can be visited, and it is peaked by a 24-metre high stupa, That Chomsi. The top of Phu Si affords astonishing views, especially during the serene sunsets, which are characteristic of Luang Prabang.

Wat Xiengthong, the most beautiful designed art. Closely observation we can see the three roofing, covered by the brown sheets. All designs are identified the art of Lanexang. Another interested thing are the small Buddha images. The aide of the temple which painted in and made by the different colors grasses. Looked very strange to eyes and show the Lord Buddha images.In front of the temple there is the cart for carry the coffin of the king Sri Savangvong and his family. This cart the base are red. Many designed have shown. The new art that Luang Prabang people are very pleased.

Wat Visoun is one temple is very important for the history because is the seat of Prabang Buddha images. The Buddha images for the after the black warriors destroyed Luang Prabang. Another attractive site is That Makmo look like half of watermelon. It was destroyed many times by the black warriors to clear for the properties. It is seemed that the golden Buddha image and the silver wares could be found here in the restoration work in the year 1984 lunar calendar. These significant heritage from this place can be seen in the old place. In summary regarding to Wat Visoun from many times of restoration works, there are many art design of Thailu, Sip song Phanna, Thaiphuan, Muong Xieng Khouang and Lao Lanexang which are aried from other pagoda in Luang Prabang.

Wat Ou Tay is situated in Ban Ou Tay village, a short distance from the main road. According to local villagers, it was constructed over 500 years ago by. Payachakawatilasa, making it one of the eldest Pagoda's in Laos and the district of Gnot Ou.

The Royal Palace Museum was contracted 1904-1909 as King Sisavang Vong's palace. These days it functions as a museum. It houses the royal throne and some interesting royal artifacts. The building itself feature of French beaux-arts styles and traditional Lao motifs. The ground floor of the museum is divided into several halls and rooms that are displayed gifts from other countries to the Lao kings and collations of swords and Buddha images. The room to right of the entry hall, once the King's reception room, has walls covered with large-scale murals painted in 1930 by the French artist Alix de Fautereau. They depict scenes from traditional Lao life. A room in the rear of the former palace contains a small collection of traditional musical instruments and dancers masks used for performances of the great Indian and Southeast Asia epic the Ramayana.

Kuang Si waterfall
The spectacular Kuang Si waterfall is situated 29 km south of Luang Prabang deep in the forest. The waters tumble over multi-tiered limestone formations into several cool, turquoise-green pools ideal for relaxation and swimming. Equally fascinating are the Par Ou caves, which can be reached by a 2-hour boat trip upstream from Luang Prabang. They are located within the steep rock-cliff, which rises vertically from the waters of the Mekong River at the point where it meets with the Nam Ou River.

Tham Ting cave
Tham Ting Cave is 40 km north of the city. The amazing to that place made the tourists to go upstream by boat about 2 hours. Within the cave there are many hands of rock. At very corner, the Buddha images are placed granted by the worshipers. There are the collected arts of many hundred years of the Buddhist people. At the present no on and guess how old the Buddha images year were. In front of the cave, the Nam Ou river meets the Mekong river can be compared that the north gate very important of the strategy. In addition to these, Tham Ting has important role in the old tradition where the king that arrived her in the Lao new year day.In front of Tham Ting, Pha Ene Mount is on the left bank of Nam Ou river. It looks like the bald rocky mount on the top. Its shape is alike the coffin called Phouphalong and this mount is also representing the legend of the love story of Kounlou and Nang Oua.

Fishing Village    
Bane Pak Ou: On the eastern bank of the Mekong River opposite the caves of Tam Ting is Bane Pak Ou is a fishing village, which regularly supplies fish to the market in Luang Prabang.

Rice field
The village grows rice in the paddy fields behind the village.

Shops around the town      
The village is a peaceful place with a thriving elementary school small shops sell among other things sweets and bottled drinks.


OUDOMSAY
This mountainous northern province is wedged between Luang Prabang in the east, Phongsaly in the northeast, Sayabouri in the south and china sharing small northern borders.

Mountains in Oudomsay
Most of the province population of 283,000 is a mixture of 23 ethnic groups such as Hmong, Iko, Khamu, Lamet etc, each with it own distinct culture, religion, language and colorful style of dress.They are nonetheless and hospitable and welcome visitors to their singular cultures are mostly untouched by 20th century.

Hmong people celebrate their new year
Near Muang Say a waterfall, Lak Sip-Et, attracts visitors, as do the hot springs near Muang La. Muang Say is connected by road to Pakbeng, a rustic town stretching along the Mekong. From there one can continue to Luang Prabang by boat, passing stone cliffs, undulating mountains and little fishing villages.

Saymoungkhoune Rattana Stupa
The famous Buddhist stupa in Oudomsay is called Saymoungkhoune Rattana Stupa. The capital, Muang Say, lies between two strings of Hmong villages. Oudomsay is also the ideal base for excursion and trekking to the varied sights and attractions, as well as destination in its own right.


PHONGSALY
Phongsaly is situated in the most northern tip of Laos, enclosed three sides by China and Vietnam and cut off to overland travel from Oudomsay to the south. It consists of six districts: Phongsaly, Muangmai, Muangkhua, Samphan, Sombounxay and Yot Ou.

More than twenty ethnicities make up the province's population of approximately 153,400;among them Iko, Loma, Akha, Pusang, Thai Dam, Thai Deng, Yao, Thai Lu, Khamou, Phai, Solo, Lao Hoy etc. All retain district cultures, Languages and religious beliefs, though their most obvious difference is their dress of woman of each tribe. The highest mountains in Phongsaly is Phu Fa which you can see the cities' views and beautiful scenery Handicraft skills-notably in weaving, embroidery and making silver jewelry are also well developed.

Phongsaly can be reached by road and river, from Oudomsay it is possible to travel by road as far as Muangkhua in southern Phoisaly then continue from Muangkhua by boat. From Luangnamtha it is possible to travel by road via Muangla (Yunnan province, China). From Luang Prabang it is possible through the Nam Ou river straight north into the heart of Phongsaly. Another way, you can travel by Lao Aviation, which provides two flights per week.


SARAVANE
Trees in the light of the setting sun
Saravane province, a southeastern province situated on the Bolavens Plateau is devoted to agriculture and nature offering idyllic scenery. A prehistoric site exists not far from the cascades where a wonderful scene can be seen. Within a cave huge stone caskets are piled one on top of the other, province not only beauty but interesting thoughts as to how it originated. Tat Lo, Lodge. It's located on the Northern edge of the Bolaven Plateau right beside the Sexet Dam; it's only 10 meters high.

The bungalows are blended into the embankment surrounded by lush tropical vegetation. A tour of the area on elephant back is an exotic attraction, or exploring the ethnic minority villages on the Bolaven Plateau can provide a variety of interests.


SAVANNAKHET
Savannakhet Khanthabouly, the provincial capital of Savannakhet, is a busy market place for trade with nearby Thailand.

Numerous examples of French architecture tell of the town's importance during the colonial era.  Khanthebouly's main attractions are its noteworthy temples such as the beautiful Wat Saya Phoum and That Inghang. That Inghang stupa is one of the national stupa, which is the holiest edifice in southern Laos, housing a hollow chamber with a distinguished collection of Buddha images. It was built by King Sikhotabong and located about 15 km east from the provincial capital of Khamthabouly.

That Phon stupa is one of the significant stupa since it was contracted between the year of 557 to 700. The contraction was taken quite a long time. Festival rite is annually organized in the full moon of the first month of lunar calendar to play respect to Phra Shiva and other Lords of Hinduism.

Heuanehine or Stone House, the rocky house designed by Kham people is also one of the most interesting sites in this province. Not as old as these prehistoric relicts, but of no less significance, is the northernmost example of Khmer art at Heuan Hin (stone house). The building were constructed between 553 AD and 700AD. Today little more than unrestored ruins remain. Near Muang Phin, on the route to Vietnam, dinosaur remains are on display. A French scientist discovered them in the 1930s.

Dinosaur Exhibition Hall is situated in Khanthabouly, the capital city of the province. Daily opened from 8.00 to12.00, and afternoon from 13.00 to 16.00, starting from Monday to Friday.
Hortai (Wat Nonglamchan village) is the old wooden building where the Buddha's words have been kept. One of the tourist attraction in Savannakhet is the beautiful waterfall.


SAYABOURI
Sayabouri is situated in the north west of Lao; sharing borders with Vientiane and Luang Prabang in the east and Thailand in the West.Sayabouri is the most attractive destinations with sights and charms peculiar to itself and picturesque North-west region.There are many beautiful things to see in Sayabouri. The principal town in commonly called Muang Sayabouri, where many impressive temples such as Wat Ban Thin, Wat Ban Phapoun and Wat Ban Natonoy are located.

The landscape of Sayabouri is magnificent by several peaks altitudes of more than 1000 meters; the meadows and pastures with flower in full boom; the thick and tangled virgin forests etc. The area of Muang Phieng, such as Ban Fainamtan, Ban Nakhem and Ban Nampoui have a tradition of agriculture because the land is fertile suitable for agricultural production; particularly rice, water melons, cabbages and sugar cane.

Agricultural product
According to the local traditional, people who live in this area have been using elephant for pulling logs.


SEKONG
Sekong is situated in the heart of the southeastern part of Laos; has common borders with Saravane to the west, Champassack and Attapeu to the south and Vietnam to the east.The province has a total population of around 64,200. Dotted through out are villages and small towns; such as Lave, Lanam, Kaleum, Dakchung and Thateng, where the majority of people follow and the unchanging lifestyle of traditional farming.

Overall, the Sekong river valley is characterized by a landscape of a fertile plain patterned with a patchwork of rice paddies and fruits orchard. It's also a complex geographical conditions form colorful Eco-Tourism resources because it's famous by rich of untouchable tropical forest, home to many rare species of flora and fauna.


VIENTIANE PROVINCE
In Vientiane province, most people in are farmers. Agricultural is the major income of the province. Located 90 km north of Vientiane municipality is the Nam Ngum reservoir, a huge artificial lake created as part of a hydroelectric scheme. The lake is dotted with hundreds of picturesque islands, which can be explored by cruising around in small boats. Vientiane province offers impressive scenery. The electricity station of Nam Ngum Dam produces electricity for Vientiane municipality and other provinces including Lao neighboring countries. In 1998-1999, the total of industrial exports reached US$271.9 million. The electricity earned US$57.1 million which came to the third of all exports.

At Vangvieng, 160 km north of Vientiane municipality, breathtaking limestone formations nestle along the Song River. It lies in the foothills of the mountains of Northern Laos, on the banks of the Song river. It might also be interested to watch the locals felling underwater teak trees area was inundated.

Buddha
Near the lake, at Vangsang, primitive Buddha images, dating from the 11th century, are carved into a rock cliff.

Rock climbing
The rocks are honeycombed with numerous caves, the most famous of which is Tham Jang. Foot can reach many of these caves from Vangvieng.


VIENTIANE MUNICIPALITY
Vientiane is the capital of Laos. It is located on the bank of the Mekong River. Through the largest city in the country. The city's exotic Eurasian setting fascinates most travelers. The confluence of several cultures has given Vientiane an appealing ambience. Tree-lined boulevards, French historical dwellings and Buddhists temples dominate the scene of central Vientiane and impart a unique character of timelessness.

Pratousay or The Old Army Museum is now called the victory gate. The lower part we can see the Lao artifacts. The form of this museum is alike the Arc de Triumph in Paris. On the ceiling the goodness artifacts made by Lao artist are very pleasant to see.

Besides these there are many pagoda but of the ones who need to do shopping. Talat Sao (Morning Market) is the most important shopping center located opposite of the main post office. It looks like department store. The building installed with air condition. There are many goods from China, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand. Open hour is from 07.00-16.00.Accommodation place situated around the fountains and close to the presidential office can be managed the check in and the afford prices.

That Luang, the great stupa of nation. The monument of king Sayasetthathirat who found Vientiane as the Capital of Lanexang kingdom is installed in front of the stupa is painted of golden color. One part of the Lord Buddha bones is kept for worshipping. The Buddhist festival is annually performed in the full moon of the twelve-month of lunar calendar. Vientiane's That Luang stupa is the most impressive and biggest stupa in Lao, featured on the Lao insignia. King Setthathirat constructed this stupa in 1566. The Siamese damaged it badly during their invasion in 1828, but it was restored in the 1936s. In mid-November, religious rites as well as a fair are held here during the That Luang festival. Ho Phrakeo is the Emerald Buddha image temple. It was kept hares sa the symbol of Lanexang kingdom for more than 200 year. This temple is beautiful and maintained its former designed. Many bronze Buddha images and historical artifacts are being for show.Wat Phrakeo still displays some of the finest Buddha sculptures found in the country.

Wat Sisaket was restored in 1818. It was formerly called Wat Sene. Many ancient artifacts could be studied. Particularly 6,840 items of small Buddha images are placed in the inner side of the wallsWat Sisaket is the oldest temple of Vientiane, which has survive in its original form. Inside the main hall, and along the walls of the courtyard surrounding it, a total of 6,840 Buddha images rest in small niches or on shelves. Wat Ong Teu is one of the most famous temple in Vientiane.

Wat Xieng Khouane (Buddha Park): the park is in pleasant and it's a religious culture park located by the Mekong River 24 kilometres down river from Vientiane. Features include an enormous concrete reclining Buddha, and a three-tiered model of heaven, earth and hell, which visitors may climb through. Hours: 08.00-16.30. King Setthathirat also constructed Wat Phra Keo. It was rebuilt after the Siamese razed it during the Siamese-Lao war of 1828. The building had housed the Emerald Buddha until it was taken to Bangkok following a skirmish with the Lao in 1778.


XIENG KHOUANG
Muang KhunThe original capital city, Muang Khun, was almost totally obliterated by US bombing and consequently, the capital was moved to nearby Phonsavanh. Of several Muang Khun Buddhist temple built between the 16th and 19th century, only ruins remain. Wat Pia Wat, however, survived the bombing and can be.

View of Xieng Khouang
Xieng Khouang province offers the awesome beauty of high green mountains and rugged karsts formations.

The main attraction in Xieng Khouang province is the Plain of Jars. Stone jars of different sizes, apparently carved out of solid rocks, are scattered all over the plateau. The biggest one reaches a height of 3.25 meters. Researchers have advanced different theories as to the function of the stone jars, which are estimated to be 2,500 to 3,000 years old. According to local legend, in the 6th century King Khun Chuang had the jars constructed in order to stone wine for the celebration of his conquest of Xieng Khouang. Alternatively, some researchers have suggested the jars were crafted as sarcophagi. This theory is supported by the discovery of human bones and daily utensils nearby. To date, the exact use of the jars remains a mystery.

Approximately 52 km north of Phonsavanh, hot spring will appeal to travelers in search of relaxation. The water of both, Ban Noi (Little Spring) and Ban Yai (Big Spring), reach a temperature of around 60 C.

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