Phongsali's famous tea village is a very attractive place commanding stupendous valley views. These sweep nearly 360 degrees when you stand on the promontory behind the school here. A fair percentage of authentic Phu Noi homes are set on stone-pile platforms. Arriving from Phongsali (15km away), the drive passes plenty of tea bushes, with those beside the main road through the village centre reputedly more than 400 years old and said to be the world's oldest.
Ban Komaen (ບ້ານກໍແມນ) makes a very pleasant motorbike excursion. Take the Boun Neua road, turn left directly opposite the inspirationally named Km4 Nightclub (not the asphalt road just before) then curve steadily around on the main unpaved road, keeping left at most junctions but avoiding any turn that descends into the valley.