Travel Guide to Xaysomboun
Few have visited Xaysomboun, which opened for tourists in 2015. Thickly forested mountains hide 29 natural sites, 5 cultural sites, and 5 historical sites, many of which you can visit. And for those seeking to interact with the locals, stay awhile in one of the district centres.
Travelling to and around can be challenging. The adventurous can take a series of sawng taews (“Jumbos”, Pickup trucks with benches) from Vientiane Capital, Vang Vieng, Xieng Khouang, and Bolikhamxay. A few sawng taews (“Jumbos”, Pickup trucks with benches) travel between district centres.
The best way to get to and around Xaysomboun is by motorbike or rented car/truck from the capital. You can also ask tour operators to arrange personalized adventures from Vientiane, Vang Vieng, and Phonsavanh.
You can find a clean and comfortable room in an 18-room hotel, and the district centres offer 37 guesthouses. Prices are reasonable, though facilities may be limited. Dining at the province’s 95 restaurants is mostly local fare.