Regions & Routes

 

About the Region:

Location: Northeastern Laos
Total area: 15,830   square kilometers.
Population: 251,334 approx.
Capital: Phonsavanh
Districts: Peak, Phaxay, Phoukoot, Kham, NongHét, Khoun and Mokmai.


XiengKhouang Provincecovers approximately 15,830 sq km in northeastern Laos on the mountainous Tran-ninh plateau. The province borders LuangPrabang to the west, Vientiane to the southwest, and Bolikhamxay the south; Vietnam forms the eastern frontier.  

Phonsavanh is the provincial centre and transportation hub –offering easy access to the Jar Sites. The town also has plenty of good accommodation and dining options, ATMs, WiFi, as well as tourist attractions.

XiengKhouang’s 249,000 inhabitants include the Tai Phuan, Hmong, Khmu and Tai Dam ethnic groups. The people mostly engage in farming, with a large part of it being subsistence.


XiengKhouang’s landscape is unique compared to the rest of the country  –high elevation, rolling hills, and expansive grasslands. Mountain ranges surrounding the province of XiengKhouang, includePhuBia (2800m), the highest peak in the Lao PDR.

The Mun-Mekong and the Gulf of Tonkin areas are also the locations of the two oldest and most developed archaeological cultures in mainland Southeast Asia, and scientists note that the Plain of Jars geographically connects them. The jar sites themselves are found up to 1400 metres, and are located on ridges, lower hill slope spurs, and on the edges of upland valleys.



The province’s past geological activity has resulted in metallic mineral ore deposits including high-grade iron, gold, tin, copper, lead, and zinc. Historic small-scale mines of iron ore are scattered throughout the province.

 

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