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The '''North''' is a mountainous region of [[Laos]]. It shares borders with [[Thailand]], [[Burma]], [[China]] and [[Vietnam]].
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'''Northern Laos''' is a mountainous region of [[Laos]]. It shares borders with [[Thailand]], [[Myanmar]], [[China]] and [[Vietnam]]. The region encompasses the provinces of (from north to south) '''Phongsali''', '''Udomxai''', '''Luang Namtha''', '''Bokeo''' and '''Sainyabuli'''.
 
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== Regions ==
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From north to south:
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| region1name=Phongsali
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| region1description=One of the remotest areas of Laos. Home to many ethnic minorities. The regional capital is [[Phongsali]].
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| region2name=Udomxai
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| region2description=The regional capital is [[Muang Xay]].
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| region3name=Luang Namtha
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| region3description=The regional capital is [[Luang Namtha]]. The province offers trekking in the Nam Ha National Protected Area and is home to many ethnic minorities which can be visited around [[Muang Sing]] and [[Vieng Phoukha]].
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| region4name=Bokeo
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| region4description=A common entrance point from Thailand (especially via slow boat where you'll stopover at [[Pakbeng]]) this province contains [[Huang Xai]] and [[Bokeo Nature Reserve]].
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| region5name=Luang Prabang
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| region5description=Home of the charming [[Luang Prabang]] town. Along the Nam Ou (river) are two villages popular with tourists [[Nong Khiaw]] and [[Muang Ngoi Neua]].
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| region5name=Sainyabuli
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| region5description=Bordering Thailand this is another area less travelled to.
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==Cities==
 
==Cities==
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* [[Muang Sing]] - in Luang Namtha province.
 
* [[Muang Sing]] - in Luang Namtha province.
 
* [[Muang Xay]] - in Udomaxi province.
 
* [[Muang Xay]] - in Udomaxi province.
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* [[Pakbeng]] - in Bokeo province.
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* [[Sayabouly]]
 
* [[Vieng Phoukha]] - in Luang Namtha province.
 
* [[Vieng Phoukha]] - in Luang Namtha province.
* [[Pakbeng]] - in Bokeo province.
 
  
 
==Other destinations==
 
==Other destinations==
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* [[Bokeo Nature Reserve]] - in Bokeo province. Famous for 'The Gibbon Experience'.
 
* [[Bokeo Nature Reserve]] - in Bokeo province. Famous for 'The Gibbon Experience'.
 
* [[Muang Ngoi Neua]] - riverside village in Luang Prabang province. Only accessible by boat.
 
* [[Muang Ngoi Neua]] - riverside village in Luang Prabang province. Only accessible by boat.
 
* [[Nong Khiaw]] - riverside village in Luang Prabang province.
 
* [[Nong Khiaw]] - riverside village in Luang Prabang province.
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* [[Muang Khua]]
 
* [[Pak Lai]]
 
* [[Pak Lai]]
 
* [[Sanakhan]]
 
* [[Sanakhan]]
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==Get around==
 
==Get around==
Buses from the northern bus station travel in Vientiane travel along the Mekong River to Sanakhan (the Lao town opposite Thailand's Chiang Khan), then through the mountains to Pak Lai. More details at http://farsidetravel.net/2010/12/26/the-journey-is-the-destination-third-in-a-naga-saga/
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Buses from the northern bus station travel in Vientiane travel along the Mekong River to Sanakhan (the Lao town opposite Thailand's Chiang Khan), then through the mountains to Pak Lai. From Pak Lai, buses travel south to the Thai border crossing at Kaen Teo and north to Sainyabuli, where buses leave for other northern destinations, including the old royal city of Luang Prabang.
From Pak Lai, buses travel south to the Thai border crossing at Kaen Teo and north to Sainyabuli, where buses leave for other northern destinations, including the old royal city of Luang Prabang.
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==See==
 
==See==

Revision as of 13:14, 5 December 2012

Northern Laos is a mountainous region of Laos. It shares borders with Thailand, Myanmar, China and Vietnam. The region encompasses the provinces of (from north to south) Phongsali, Udomxai, Luang Namtha, Bokeo and Sainyabuli.

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The region is served internationally by Luang Prabang airport which has scheduled flights from Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hanoi and Siem Reap and domestically from Vientiane in Central Laos.

Visa-on-arrival is available at Luang Prabang airport and the price is variable based upon your nationality. You need a passport picture to obtain a visa. If you don't have one, they'll scan your picture from your passport and charge you an additional $1.

By road

Highway 13 connects the region via Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng and Vientiane in Central Laos

Get around

Buses from the northern bus station travel in Vientiane travel along the Mekong River to Sanakhan (the Lao town opposite Thailand's Chiang Khan), then through the mountains to Pak Lai. From Pak Lai, buses travel south to the Thai border crossing at Kaen Teo and north to Sainyabuli, where buses leave for other northern destinations, including the old royal city of Luang Prabang.

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