Attapeu is the province located in the most Southeastern tip of Laos. It is also best known for the Bolaven Plateau, sharing borders with Sekong in the North, Champasak in the West, Vietnam in the East and Cambodia in the South.
One can find many ethnic groups peoples in Attapeu. Nine major tribes are in Attapeu: Alak, Katang, Kaleum, Katou, Suay, Nge, Lavae, Ta Oy, and Nyajeung. The capital town, Samakkhixay, is built in a large picturesque valley surrounded by mountains. Attapeu Province is rugged, wild and very scenic. Parts of the Ho Chi Minh Trail can be explored from Attapeu, although using a local guide is essential. In the early morning you can visit the traditional market, where many different minorities go to buy and sell their products.