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Sekong

Sekong

 Area:                7,665  sqkm

 Population:    97,900 million

 Capital:             Southern of Laos 

 Language:       Lao, French

 Currency:         Kip

Sekong is situated in the southern Laos. Sekong is best known for the Bolaven Plateau which is situated in the heart of the southeastern part of Laos. Sekong province is rugged, wild and very scenic, and transportation is very difficult, especially by land in the rainy season. Dotted through out are villages and small towns such as Lave, Lanam, Kaleum, Dakchung and Thateng, where the majority of people follow the unchanging lifestyle of traditional farming.
Sekong Overview
Sekong Province is one of the least explored provinces in Laos due to the rugged landscape and mountainous terrain that rises to the Dacheung Plateau d, Sekong dotted through out our villages and small towns such as Lanam, Kaleum, Dakchung and Thateng, where the majority of people follow the unchanging lifestyle of traditional farming.

Overall, the Sekong River valley is characterized by a landscape of a fertile plain patterned with a patchwork of rice paddies and fruits orchard. It's complex geographical conditions form colorful Eco-Tourism resources, due to its abundance of untouchable tropical forests, home to many rare species of flora and fauna, get a Laos holiday tour to touch with area as Sekong will be a real experience and unforgettable period in Laos
 
With 14 distinct ethnic groups belonging to the Mon-Khmer linguistic family this sparsely populated province is probably the most ethnically diverse in southern Laos. The Katu and Talieng are the largest ethnic groups in the province and are noted for their unique religious practices that mix animism and ancestor worship.
Sekong History
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Sekong climate and best time to visit
The infrastructure is poor making the province remote. Bus travel is the only real option. Isolation has meant that little has changed in the region over the years.

There are road developments taking place with road improvements from Pakse as well as the road to Vietnam being improved as part of a plan to create better land links between Cambodia and Laos with Vietnam which will help the development of Indochina tour packages.
Sekong transportation
Bus travel is the only real option because the infrastructure is poor making the province remote. Isolation has meant that little has changed in the region over the years. 
 
Road developments taking place with road improvements from Pakse as well as the road to Vietnam being improved as part of a plan to create better land links between Cambodia and Laos with Vietnam which will help the development of Indochina tour packages.
 
Transport within Sekong: Tuk-tuks, trishaws (lot-sam-lor) and jumbos (small tuk-tuks) are available all over town and are an easy way to get around. 
Things to do and see in Sekong
Tat Faek

Sixteen kilometres south of Sekong, and well-signed off Rte 11, is this wide, beautiful 5m-high waterfall where you can swim in the pool atop the falls. Do heed the red and white 'Watch Out For Biting Fish' signs around the lower pools as a diabolical puffer fish called pa pao lurks there. Stories of their fondness for attacking men's penises are only legend – told with glee by local women – but they really can take a chunk of flesh out of unlucky swimmers with their razor-sharp teeth.

Tat Hua Khon
 
Three kilometres south of the Tat Faek turn-off (just past the market), this waterfall is 7m tall and an impressive 100m wide. The name translates as 'Waterfall of the Heads', owing to a WWII episode in which Japanese soldiers decapitated a number of Lao soldiers and tossed their heads into the falls. Facilities, including good trails and boardwalks through the forest, kayaks (80,000K) and a restaurant, are part of the little P&S Garden resort. This is a busy place on holidays and weekends.

Sekong Provincial Historical Museum

The first floor has just a few old stones, UXO and photos from the war years. But the tribal displays of textiles and household tools (don't miss the bamboo forge for making knives) upstairs are well presented with labels in English. The focus is Katu, but Alak, Yai, Talieng, Suay and many more are covered too. It's up the road north from the tourism office.

Khamting Restaurant

Ask a local to recommend a place to eat and this is probably the only name you'll hear. It serves good stir-fries, noodle soups and Thai standards. The forest animals on the menu are rarely available, but even if they are you should avoid them as some, like pangolin, are endangered species and others are poached illegally. Note that the menu has English but no prices.
 
It's 600m southwest of the market on the road closest to the river, opposite the Sekong Hotel.

 

Sekong Travel Tips
Sekong is well known for its unique textile patterns, which consist of multi-colored line patterns created from a hip loom. Although many of the groups produce beautiful weavings, the Nge ethnic group is especially renowned for its works, as well as the Alak for their traditional Lao skirts (sin).

Handicrafts can be purchased directly from villages, as well as from handicraft shops in Sekong Town (also known as Muang Lamam). In Kandone Village there are excellent examples of wood carvings and traditional longhouses.

If you are in Sekong during January – February inquire about the fascinating annual festivals held in Katu, Nge and Tariang villages. Another notable local celebration is Boun Suang Heua (traditional boat racing) that takes place in Sekong on 2 December every year to coincide with Lao National Day and read more about Laos travel guide to explore about Laos
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