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Phongsaly, Laos

Phongsaly Province, top of northern Laos

Phongsaly is one of provinces,  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

How to get to Phongsaly.

From Vientiane, the capital of Laos to Phongsaly.
- By plane
-  There are four  flights a week from Vientiane to Phongsaly and  from Phongsaly to Vientiane ( on Monday,  Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday),  it takes 1,5 hour on plane to Boun neua airport of Phongsaly, and then from Airport you take  minivan to Phongsaly town (it takes 1,5 hour). Flight from VTE, check in at Airport at 7:00 am, fly from VTE at 9:00 am, and arrive in PL at 10:45 am
Flight from Phongsaly, check in at Airport at 9:45 am, fly from Phongsaly at 11:00 am, and arrive in VTE at 12:40 am
Note: time will be changed, it depends on whether condition.
For details:  contact Lao skyway company who organizes this flight. Tel: +856 21 513240 (call from aboard), 021 512 240 (call in Laos)
Note: Flight schedules maybe changed, it depends on weather conditions.
More details, visit its website:
- Daily flights ( by Lao airlines and Lao sky way) from Vientiane to Oudomxay( an hour), and then from Oudomxay to Phongsaly by public bus or private minivan ( 7 - 8 hours)
-By Public bus: There are direct daily buses from Vientiane to Phongsaly, you can catch the bus at Northern Bus station of Vientiane.

From Luangprabang to Phongsaly

By public bus:

There is no public bus start from Luangprabang to Phongsaly, in this case you  will wait for the bus running from Vientiane. Public bus from Vientiane to Phongsaly will arrive in Luangprabang around 4: 00 pm – 6:00 pm, therefore, you can catch the mentioned bus at northern bus station of Luangprabang. It takes 12 – 14 hours from Luangprabang to Phongsaly.Note: concerned authority plans to arrange public bus from Luangprabang to Phongsaly soonest.
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