Trekking in The Hidden Land of Phongsali, Laos

Traveling in Asian cities is an undeniable thrill. The food, the nightlife, the chaos and the people make wandering through Asia’s big cities like Hanoi and Bangkok an endless maze of discovery. But, for many of us, experiencing the true soul of a country means getting out of the cities and getting into the more rural places.

Phongsali Overview

Tel Code: 088
Pop: 25,000
Elevation: 1400m
Enclosed on three sides by China and Vietnam, Phongsali is a visual feast, kept pristine by arduous journeys and unwieldy terrain.

Sights and Acitivites

Admission US$0.20 – Open: 8 – 11.30am & 1.30 – 4.30pm – Mon-Fri)displays locally curated exhibits on the Phongsali Province’s diverse cultures.If you wander through the town’s back- streets and alleys you’ll find some interesting old Phu Noi (similar to Tibetan) and Chinese brick-and-wood architecture.

Sleeping & Eating

Yu Houa Guest House
Tel: 210186 – Room: US$3 – 5
This friendly Phu Noi-owned guesthouse near the bus terminal has plain but clean rooms. Those on the top floor have cold-water showers and Western toilets and those on the low levels share squat toilet bathrooms.

Around Phongsali

Sixty-two kilometers northeast of Udomxai, Rte 2E reaches a three-way junction at the village of Pak Nam Noi. From Pak Nam Noi, Rte 3 continues east-northeast to Muang Khua and to the Vietnamese border, while route 1B proceeds north-northeast to Phongsali.

Getting There & Away

Tel: 210794 – Boun Neua airportOperates a Y-12 to/from Vientiane (one way/return US$92/175, 1.5 hours, Thursday and Sunday) to Boun Neua, about 36km west of Phongsali on Rte 1B (the main road).

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