The main drag through town, Phongsali, Laos

The main drag through town, Phongsali, Laos

The main drag through town, Phongsali, Laos


Taken on: 23rd February, 2010. Copyright: All Rights Reserved - See travelfishery's page of Flickr

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With its strong Chinese influence and large number of local ethnic groups, Phongsali is one of the most fascinating and unique towns in Laos. The picturesque Chinese Quarter features narrow, crowded cobblestone streets lined with small, low-roofed houses made of wood and stone. Simple decorative details are carved or painted in muted colours.

The two main ethnic groups are Phou Noy, whose members wear traditional white leggings, and Chinese Ho, ancestors of the old Yunnan traders, who wear baggy trousers. Chinese is more widely spoken here than in other parts of Laos and in fact, if it wasn't for the French, Phongsali would most likely now be part of China's Yunnan province.

The town winds along the top of mountain ridges in the shadow of Phou Fa, or Sky Mountain. Spectacular views fall from either side: deep valleys and rolling mountains of patchwork.

At an altitude of 1,400 metres, Phongsali can get cool in the winter months and ... Read our complete Phongsali travel guide

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