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Phongsaly

Phongsaly

 Area:                16,270 sqkm

 Population:    178,000 million

  Capital:             Phongsaly

 Language:       Lao

 Currency:         Kip

Phongsaly Province is one of the remotest of the Lao PDR Provinces and is dominated by rugged, mountainous terrain and an abundance of thick forests and fast-flowing rivers. It is inhabited by 25 different ethnic groups, each with their own culture, traditions, costumes, and languages.
Phongsaly Overview
 
Phongsaly Province is one of the remotest of the Lao PDR Provinces and is dominated by rugged, mountainous terrain and an abundance of thick forests and fast-flowing rivers. It is inhabited by 25 different ethnic groups, each with their own culture, traditions, costumes, and languages. 
 
Most of the land is between 500 and 1,500 meters elevation, which moderates the heat of the surrounding areas of Southeast Asia and makes the climate more suitable for trekking and other physical activities. The forests contain an abundance of animal, bird, insect and plant life, and there are certainly many undiscovered species, new to science.
 
Farthest north in Laos is Phongsali, which shares borders with Yunnan (China) and Dien Bien (Vietnam). Most of Phongsali province lies at a high altitude. Its capital, Phongsali town, is the highest city in Laos PDR at 1400 m above sea level. Up there the climate is pleasant and refreshing covering the endless mountains down to the canyon of the Nam Ou river, biggest tributary of the Mekong. The population is made up of officially 28 different ethnic groups, of which the majority being Khmu, Phounoy, different Akha, Tai Lue and Hor. Several trekking tours have been established by the Provincial Tourism Office Phongsali.
 
Most visitors of Phongsali province get a feeling of “no longer being in Laos, not yet having reached China”. History tells fascinating stories, though much of it still lies in darkness. Between China and Laos the territory of north-western Phongsali and southern Yunnan once was the independent Tai Lue kingdom of Sipsongpanna
 
 
 
 
Phongsaly History
In 1895 the French colonialists drew new boundaries along the watersheds of the Nam Ou river, claiming Sipsongpanna’s eastern part to Phongsali incorporating it into French Indochina. Its bigger part went into Yunnan Province, China.
 
Unless many other cities in Laos, Phongsali town has not been destroyed in the American war. It features a remaining old quarter with Yunnanese wooden architecture now rare to find in Yunnan itself. Most of the people living here belong to the Hor ethnic group, speaking Chinese. Until the 1970s there has been a Chinese consulate in Phongsali town, now the “Phu Fa Hotel”. In the “Museum of Ethnic Groups in Phongsali Province,” you can admire the various local cloths, artifacts, and handicrafts.
 
The town itself is surrounded by rolling hills and is built into the side of Phu Fa Mountain (1,625m). The 45 min hike up to its stupa on top offers spectacular views of the town from above and the mountains in the far distance.
 
Phongsaly climate and best time to visit
Best time to visit
 
A trip to Laos is a special experience. Monsoon season is from May to October. Once the dry season comes in November it is easier to get around. The next few months are the more popular ones for Laos holiday packages and indeed Indochina holiday.


Jan:This month is the coldest month in Phongsaly. During Jan month, day temperature raise upto 25 C° and night temperature goes down upto 12 C°. Weather is quite clear during Jan month. According to past year record, there is 1.07cm rain fall every year during Jan month in Phongsaly. Overall weather reviews shows that Jan is one of the best month to visit Phongsaly. 
 
Feb : Weather in Feb in Phongsaly is good. This month is coldest month in Phongsaly. During Feb month, day temperature raise upto 28 C° and night temperature goes down upto 12 C°. Weather is quite clear during Feb month. According to past year record, there is 1.99cm rain fall every year during Feb month in Phongsaly. Overall weather reviews shows that Feb is one of the best month to visit Phongsaly. 
 
Mar : This month is one of the hot months in Phongsaly. During Mar month, day temperature raise upto 30 C° and night temperature goes down upto 14 C°. Weather is quite clear during Mar month. According to past year record, there is 4.38cm rain fall every year during Mar month in Phongsaly. 
 
Apr : This month is hottest month in Phongsaly. During Apr month, day temperature raise upto 32 C° and night temperature goes down upto 18 C°. Apr month is one of the rainy months in Phongsaly. According to past year record, there is 6.33cm rain fall every year during Apr month in Phongsaly. 
 
May : This month is hottest month in Phongsaly. During May month, day temperature raise upto 32 C° and night temperature goes down upto 21 C°. May month is one of the rainy months in Phongsaly. According to past year record, there is 12.42cm rain fall every year during May month in Phongsaly. One should avoid visiting Phongsaly during this month as you may face some difficulties due to rain. 
 
Jun : This month is one of the hot months in Phongsaly. During Jun month, day temperature raise upto 31 C° and night temperature goes down upto 22 C°. Jun month is one of the rainy months in Phongsaly. According to past year record, there is 15.79cm rain fall every year during Jun month in Phongsaly. One should avoid visiting Phongsaly during this month as you may face some difficulties due to rain. 
 
Jul : This month is one of the hot months in Phongsaly. During Jul month, day temperature raise up to 30 C° and night temperature goes down upto 22 C°. Jul month is most rainy month in Phongsaly. According to past year record, there is 22.84cm rain fall every year during Jul month in Phongsaly. One should avoid visiting Phongsaly during this month as you may face some difficulties due to rain. 
 
Aug : This month is one of the hot months in Phongsaly. During Aug month, day temperature raise upto 30 C° and night temperature goes down upto 22 C°. Aug month is most rainy month in Phongsaly. According to past year record, there is 21.58cm rain fall every year during Aug month in Phongsaly. One should avoid visiting Phongsaly during this month as you may face some difficulties due to rain. 
 
Sep : This month is one of the hot months in Phongsaly. During Sep month, day temperature raise upto 30 C° and night temperature goes down upto 21 C°. Sep month is one of the rainy months in Phongsaly. According to past year record, there is 11.7cm rain fall every year during Sep month in Phongsaly. One should avoid visiting Phongsaly during this month as you may face some difficulties due to rain. 
 
Oct : This month is one of the hot months in Phongsaly. During Oct month, day temperature raise upto 29 C° and night temperature goes down upto 19 C°. Oct month is one of the rainy months in Phongsaly. According to past year record, there is 5.87cm rain fall every year during Oct month in Phongsaly. 
 
Nov: During Nov month, day temperature raise upto 26 C° and night temperature goes down upto 16 C°. Weather is quite clear during Nov month. According to past year record, there is 3.16cm rain fall every year during Nov month in Phongsaly. Overall weather reviews show that Nov is one of the best month to visit Phongsaly. 
 
Dec : This month is coldest month in Phongsaly. During Dec month, day temperature raise upto 24 C° and night temperature goes down upto 12 C°. Weather is quite clear during Dec month. According to past year record, there is 1.68cm rain fall every year during Dec month in Phongsaly. Overall weather reviews show that Dec is one of the best month to visit Phongsaly. 
 
 
 
Phongsaly Transportation

Phongsaly can be reached by bus from the Northern Bus Terminal in Vientiane Capital. Choose either a direct bus to the province or board any bus heading north to the main towns of Luang Prabang or Oudomxay and extend to Phongsaly.


Be aware that transportation schedules and prices are subject to change, so please check departure times and prices at transport station or through a travel agent prior to your trip. You can also enter Phongsaly from Vietnam: the border between Muang Khua and Dien Bien Phu opened to foreigners in 2007 and you receive a Lao visa on arrival.


Tuk-tuks use in around Phongsaly Laos trip, motorized tricycles (lot-sam-lo) and “jumbos” (pickup trucks with benches) are available all over town and offer an easy way to get around. You can also rent bicycles for about USD1-2 per day.


Things to do and see in Phongsaly
Phongsaly Town:
 
Nestling under the thickly forested Phoufa Hill, Phongsaly at 1,400 meters elevation has developed around an old market centre with cobbled streets and picturesque wooden buildings, including a very old Chinese quarter. Climb the jeep track up the Phoufa Hill (1,650 meters) and enjoy a spectacular view over the town and the surrounding mountainous terrain. The high ridge line which forms the horizon to the west is a Jurassic escarpment-the geology of the Province is a full cross-section of the age of the dinosaurs. Look for plant fossile (and dinosaurs!) just below the summit of the Phoufa.
 
Phongsaly is good base for trekking :
 
Easy trekking along the ridge lines to the Northeast and Southeast, or more vigorous treks along the Jurassic escarpment (about 30 km to the west of Phongsaly on the Boun Neua road), or along the foot of the escarpment (km 37, take off to the south through forest and paddy fields on the new Nam Boun Kao trail).
 
Phongsaly Travel Tips
 
Phongsali has a year round cool climate with temperatures as low as 5 degrees Celsius at night. Rain can be heavy - bring a jacket and warm clothes.
 
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