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Introducing Sam Neua (Xam Neua)

Behind a shallow disguise of well-spaced concrete modernity, Sam Neua offers eye-widening produce markets and a colourful ethnic diversity. The town is a logical transit point for visiting nearby Vieng Xai or catching the daily bus to Vietnam and remains one of Laos' least-visited provincial capitals. At an altitude of roughly 1200m, some warm clothes are advisable in the dry winter period, at least by night and until the thick morning fog burns off. From April to October the lush landscapes are contrastingly warm and wet.