XamNua is one of the most remote areas in all of Laos. While the roads are paved there, they are quite long and winding as they ascend through the mountains in what is one of the most ethnically diverse areas in the whole country. Because of its close proximity to Vietnam it has undergone quite a transformation in terms of the different cultures that have had a stake in this area. This is made it one of the most unique places in Laos to visit.
A Little about XamNua
The population of the city is about 47,000 people and is a mixture of primarily Laotians, Vietnamese, and Hmong persons. In the city you will find that not only are the languages of these three groups spoken, but there is another group that speaks French as their primary language. In fact, French is still taught and used in many of the Public Works and Government jobs. This dates back to the time when France had a colony within the area and many still engage in the use of the language.
How to Get to XamNua —> BOOK FLIGHT
Because of its location, there is no direct air flights to the city. This means that the primary means of reaching XamNua is by bus. There are three general ways that people choose as their spot of origin to reach XamNua. This is either from the Laos cities of Phonsavan or Luang Prabang, or by coming through Vietnam.
There are also private transfer companies that offer you the opportunity to get to the city. Be aware that from Vietnam it can cost as much is $300 for a one-way trip.
What to Do in XamNua
What makes the city such a great place to visit is the natural beauty of the area itself. In fact, because of its seclusion from most of the rest of the country, you will not find a large amount of activities and sites to see here. It is the incredible biodiversity and Mother Nature herself that really makes this a spectacular place to visit.
There are some very unusual animals that you will see within the Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area. These include such things as the white cheeked gibbon, six different species of cats, two different kinds of bears, and the Sambar deer. All of these are truly beautiful animals that you can see reasonably up close within the park itself.
The deciduous forests and evergreen trees are a beautiful site to enjoy. You will see some very rare forms of plants and flowers here that will really make your stay a pleasurable one. There are many tours that can walk you through and show you the sites of this park. The cost is just a few dollars per person.
There are two other things you will surely want to take a look at while visiting XamNua. The Hintang archaeological site offers you the opportunity to watch and digging going on from previous times in Laos. Also, the Pathet Lao Caves are a great place to visit to see not only are people have lived in times past in the history of Laos, but also to see the great cave artwork and statues that have been left from those time periods.