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Phongsaly

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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). There was migration into Phongsaly from both Burma, now Myanmar at the end of the 18th Century and the Hmong from China a century later. 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…

Phongsaly 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.
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Laos' northernmost province of Phongsaly is spread out over a patchwork of neverending mountains and deep valleys.
Lieng Thammasith
Laos Travel Specialist

Best Time to Visit Phongsaly

The best time to do trekking in Phongsaly is from November to late March. Monsoon season in Phongsaly goes from May to October, meaning trekking in Northern Laos is not a good choice. Once the dry season comes in November it is easier to get around.
Max Temperature(ºC)
Jan
12
Feb
14
Mar
16
Apr
19
May
21
Jun
21
Jul
21
Aug
21
Sep
20
Oct
18
Nov
16
Dec
13
Rainfall (mm)
Jan
15
Feb
32
Mar
33
Apr
89
May
189
Jun
265
Jul
363
Aug
356
Sep
174
Oct
99
Nov
49
Dec
28
Month
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

JAN
12ºC
15mm

FEB
14ºC
32mm

MAR
16ºC
33mm

APR
19ºC
89mm

MAY
21ºC
189mm

JUN
21ºC
265mm

JUL
21ºC
363mm

AUG
21ºC
356mm

SEP
20ºC
174mm

OCT
18ºC
99mm

NOV
16ºC
49mm

DEC
13ºC
28mm

Suggested Itineraries

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel to Phongsaly, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Phongsaly on a bespoke touring itinerary to Laos, do not hesitate to contact us.
Northern Laos Explorer: Phongsaly, Muang Ngoi

Luang Prabang - Pakbeng - Muang La - Phongsaly - Nong Khiaw

Ideas for Experiencing Phongsaly

400 Years Tea Plantation In Phongsaly
Visit the 400-year-old tea plantation, the oldest tea plantation in the world in Ban Kormaen, Phongsaly. Stroll through the ancient tea plantation, climb up to the top of the tea mountain to enjoy the stunning view of surrounding areas. Drink the boiled fresh tea with family and buy good tasty tea for souvenir.
Half-day Tour In Phongsaly Town
Situated in the remote northernmost region of Laos, Phongsaly is home to scores of ethnic hill tribes. This province has 28 different ethnic groups, of which the majority being Khmu, Phou Noy, different Akha, Tai Lue and Hor... Each has their own culture, traditions, costumes, and languages.