Photo: A walk in the woods.

Trekking in Phongsali

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Mountainous, remote and rich with ethnic diversity, Phongsali is Laos’ premier spot for authentic hill tribe trekking.

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Expect moderate-to-challenging terrain, difficult to access villages and memorable landscapes of tea plantations, rivers and forested mountains. Is it worth the time and effort to reach the northernmost province? Is trekking in Phongsali for you? Read on.

Above the dam. Photo taken in or around Trekking in Phongsali, Phongsali, Laos by Cindy Fan.

Above the dam. Photo: Cindy Fan

Almost everyone disembarks the bus at Hat Sa except for us. Locals and backpackers untangle themselves from layers of limbs, bottoms and bags wedged together, tumbling out one by one. The masses will be hopping on the public boat to travel down the Nam Ou but we remain in the bus with our guide from Amazing Lao Travel, along with an Akha woman. Though she’s wrapped a protective cloth around her heavy headdress, peeking out along the forehead is a row of ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 1,900 words.)

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Popular attractions in Phongsali

A selection of some of our favourite sights and activities around Phongsali.

Best places to stay in Phongsali

A selection of some of our favourite places to stay in Phongsali.

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