Hongsa (ຫົງສາ), famous for elephants, is also the site of a massive new power station constructed by Thai investors and this is a major blight on the horizon. Still, it has been good for employment in the town and there is a mini-boom going on here. Hongsa is a logical break between Luang Prabang and Nan (Thailand, via Muang Ngeun). Its centre is a grid of newer constructions but the town's stream-ribboned edges (away from the power station) are backed by beautiful layered rice fields.
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