Oudomsay (or Oudamxai), located in the northern part of Laos, is the mountainous province which wedged between Luang Prabang in the east, Phongsaly in the northeast, Sayabouri in the south and a little bit with China. Most of the province population of 283,000 is a mixture of 23 ethnic groups such as Hmong, Iko, Khamu, Lamet etc, each with it own distinct culture, religion, language and colorful style of dress. They are hospitable and welcome visitors to their singular cultures are mostly untouched by 20th century. The provincial capital, Muang Xay lies between two strings of Hmong villages.
Oudomxay can be reached overland from Luang Prabang. Oudomxay is also accessible from Bokeo and Luang Namtha Provinces. Lao Aviation has flights to Oudomxay from Vientiane.
Near Muang Say a waterfall, Lak Sip-Et, attracts visitors, as do the hot springs near Muang La. Muang Say is connected by road to Pakbeng, a rustic town stretching along the Mekong. From there one can continue to Luang Prabang by boat, passing stone cliffs, undulating mountains and little fishing villages.
Khanthebouly's main attractions are its noteworthy temples such as the beautiful Wat Saya Phoum and That Inghang.
The famous Buddhist stupa in Oudomsay is called Saymoungkhoune Rattana Stupa.
Oudomxay is an ideal base for excursions and trekking to varied sights and attractions as well as destination in its own right. Muang Xai, has one of the best produce markets in the area.
Sayabouri is situated in the north west of Lao; sharing borders with Vientiane and Luang Prabang in the east and with six Thailand provinces in the West. Sayabouri is the most attractive destinations with sights and charms peculiar to itself and picturesque North-west region. There are many beautiful things to see in Sayabouri. The principal town in commonly called Muang Sayabouri, where many impressive temples such as Wat Ban Thin, Wat Ban Phapoun and Wat Ban Natonoy are located
The capital of the province, Sayabouri is on the banks of the Nam Hung, a tributary of the Mekong. The province houses the Nam Phoun National Biodiversity Conservation Area, which is 1150 sq km of forested hills, contains Asiatic black bear, dholes, elephant, guar, gibbon, Malayan sun bear and Sumatran rhino. The landscape here is magnificent by several peaks altitudes of more than 1000 meters; the meadows and pastures with flower in full boom; the thick and tangled virgin forests etc.
The area of Muang Phieng, such as Ban Fainamtan, Ban Nakhem and Ban Nampoui have a tradition of agriculture because the land is fertile, which is suitable for agricultural production; particularly rice, water melons, cabbages and sugar cane. The southern part of the province has many scenic waterfalls, but getting around this part of the province is very difficult. About the agricultural product, according to the local traditional, people who live in this area have been using elephant for pulling logs.
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