Top things to do

Viewpoint in Phongsali

Phu Fa

For great views across town climb to the stupa-topped peak of Phu Fa (1625m); it's a punishing, tree-shaded climb of more than 400 stone steps. A 4000K toll is payable on the last section of the ascent. An alternati…
Museum in Phongsali

Museum of Tribes

This museum gives you a chance to deepen your understanding of the ethnic peoples of Phongsali Province. It contains a wealth of cultural information on animism and customs, with photos and historical background, as…
Chinese in Phongsali

Laoper Restaurant

Spot your dish in raw form behind the refrigerated glass counter: pork, intestines, buffalo steak and tofu, plus the day's fresh vegetables. Don't expect a menu, but point to what you want. Portions are huge so it's…
Noodles in Phongsali

Noodle Stands

Head to the noodle stands at the rear of the wet market before you catch the 6.30am sŏrngtăaou to the bus station, or if you're headed out on a trek. Steaming deliciously fresh noodles and a slice of Yunnan-Lao cult…
Laotian in Phongsali

Laojerm Restaurant

At this family-run noodle house the well-prepared food comes in decent-sized portions and is served with a smile. The menu's approximate English includes inscrutable offerings such as 'High-handed Pig's liver' and '…
Notable Building in Phongsali

Yunnanese Shophouses

These atmospheric one-storey wooden houses make you feel, as you peer into their Chinese-decorated interiors, that you are no longer in Laos but already in nearby China (and somewhere from early in the last century)…
Temple in Phongsali

Chinese Temple

This Chinese temple, with its red roofs animated with myriad green and blue dragons, commands a pretty view over a nearby pond crowded with old Yunnan houses.
Market in Phongsali

Market

Make a dawn visit to the earthy wet market (camera in hand) and thread through the labyrinthine collection of rickety stalls, with all manner of vegetables and fruit spread out on colourful display in the open area.…
Buddhist Temple in Phongsali

Wat Keo

This modest Buddhist temple is more memorable for its petang-playing monks than its architecture.