Photo: Old shopfront in Phongsali.

Things to see and do

Phongsali: Is it worth the effort?

We’ve written about the road to Phongsali and how awful it is. It begs the question of whether it is worth all that hassle to actually get there. Is it worth going to Phongsali? It all depends on the traveller, the amount of time they have and the sort of experience they’re seeking. Us? We think it’s well worth ... Read more about Phongsali: Is it worth the effort? .

The road to Phongsali

Travelling in Southeast Asia is often more about the journey than the destination and although it’s one of those cliches which is often used glibly, we think it largely rings true in Laos. Except when travelling to ... Read more about The road to Phongsali .

Phou Fa

Phou Fa, or Mountain in the Sky, sits above Phongsali at an altitude of 1,625 ... Read more about Phou Fa .

The Museum of Tribe
Main road, Phongsali

The main element of the display is a collection of fascinating and beautiful costumes from the different local hilltribe groups. The women’s outfits hang on makeshift mannequins with a few labels in English here and there to describe what you’re looking at. Also on show is a jumbled display of implements used by Khmu people made from wood and bamboo, mainly items used in collecting and preparing ... Read more about The Museum of Tribe .


Follow the road off the main road next to Yuhoua Guesthouse down the hill and you’ll see the tourism office about 100 metres in front of you. If you’re interested in going trekking or seeing some of Phongsali’s surrounds, it’s worth the effort of tracking down. Inside the official Provincial Tourism Office they have information on a wide range of treks in the vicinity, ranging from short ... Read more about Trekking .

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Phongsali? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Laos.

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