Xiang Khouang

Xiang Khouang, a province with the capital Phonsavanh located in Xiang Khouang plateau (the Northeast part of Laos, 235 km from Vang Vieng and 350 km from Vientiane), is well known for the mysterious Plain of Jars which is popularly included in many trips to Laos.
The ancient capital of Xiang Khouang, which was heavily bombed during the Indochina war from 1964 to 1973, has become one of the most important sites for studying the history of Laos and the mainland of Southeast Asia. The establishment of long-distant trading between India and China has also transformed the society and set the basement for the urbanization process across the country.

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Being a developed province, Xiang Khouang attracts many tourists coming to explore the peaceful landscapes and relax among beautiful nature. In addition to the Plain of Jars, other interesting sites that tourists can pay a visit to are Pho Kad war memorial, Tham Piu cave, Tham Xang cave, Nong Tang lake, hot springs near Muang Kham, Tad Ka waterfall. Local markets are always must-see places to get fresh food, meet indigenous people, and learn about their daily life. Xiang Khouang is also a region growing some fruits that are found nowhere else in Laos: plums, peaches, and passion fruits.

Plain of Jars

The Xiang Khouang airport connects domestic flights to Xiang Khouang from Luang Prabang and Vientiane. If you wish to reach the province by private car, it is doable starting from Vientiane, Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang, Sam Neua, and Pakxan. To get around Xiang Khouang, you still can use a car, a bike, or tuk-tuk.
Climate, the best time to visit
The climate of Xiang Khouang has two distinct seasons including the dry season from October to March and the wet season from April to September. The temperature of the region ranges from 18°C to 24°C. The best time to visit Xiang Khouang is the months from November to February when you can enjoy pleasant weather and avoid heavy rainfall.