Houaphanh Province is the birthplace of the Lao PDR. It borders Vietnam to the East and Luang Prabang to the West.
As yet, it is one of the least visited provinces in the country and offers an authentic and varied experience for visitors. You can enjoy a pristine natural environment of mountains, rivers, waterfalls and forests; visit the caves at Viengxay for a unique insight into the history of the country; and discover the mysterious standing stones of Hintang Archaeological Park which date back more than 2,000 years.
Houaphanh is home to 22 different ethnic groups, including Hmong, Thai Deng, and Yao. Ethnic minority villages are dotted along many of the roads around the province and people of the different minorities are often seen buying and selling goods at the market in Xamneua District.