Xam Nua Travel Guide

  • Viengxay is lovely village
    Viengxay is lovely village
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  • diamon monument
    diamon monument
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  • View of Sam Neua
    View of Sam Neua
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Xam Nua Restaurants

  • English menu

    Really nice and just across the street from the Boun Hom guesthouse. The English menu is no problem, they will give it to you right away (once they see your face that is). Had some excellent Laap here. Laap and cold beer, a traditional Lao lunch.

  • English menu and cold beer

    Just wonderful, the food is good, the portions are more than enough, service is efficient, and the beer is cold...so what more do you want? A lovely place right across from the Xam river and the marketplace. The fried rice is to die for...and with a fried egg on top too, wow excellent.

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Xam Nua Transportation

  • to Viengxay and Nam Soy (border village)

    Few times a day there're songthaews to Viengxay which will leave from Southern bus stations 4 km from town. In 2009 we paid 10 000 KIP per person for a ride which took us about one hour to get there (SN - Viengxay).Songthaew to Vietnamese border (leaving SN at about 6 am) will pass Viengxay at the outskirts of village so you'll need to walk some...

  • bus station to centre

    There are few tuk tuks in front of the provincional bus station which can take you to town if you don't like or want to walk. They charged 5000 KIP per person for a ride to the guesthouse.From centre of town to the southern bus station (for Vietnam, Viengxay direction) we were charged 10 000 KIP. That bus station is 4 km from diamond sculpture and...

  • The airport

    At the time of this writing it is possible to fly from Vientiane to Sam Neua with Lao Airlines and it can save you a lot of time. The plane I went on was really neat. Only 17 seats and they leave the door to the cockpit open. Landing is spectacular on this little airstrip in the mountains. Just don't do it if you have a phobia about flying.


Xam Nua Shopping

  • Weaving

    This is complicated but worth it. If you go to the tourist office (open Mon-Fri) they will give you a little map of the town. The weaving houses are located on the main road near the temple but there is no sign or indication anywhere. I went by myself and luckily some women were sitting on a bench outside so I showed them the map and after much...

  • The market by the river

    The market by the river is wonderful and you can get all kinds of food and various things. Part of the market is in a small covered building and the rest is just set up outside under umbrellas. I recommend that you try this sort of doughnut like things but unfortunately I did not take a picture to show what they look like. In any case, they tasted...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Xam Nua Local Customs

  • broad smiles of Sam Neua

    If you come to SN from other Lao provinces you'll be entering Sam Neua through the gate in the shape of heart. Your bus will leave you at the hill overlooking SN and you'll have to take tuk tuk to the town or walk 2 kilometers - ain't far but if it rains you'll get wet in minute - and it does rain often in the Northern provinces. Before you leave...

  • The talk of the town

    As not a lot of tourists come here you will get some looks. It was strange in the beginning but then I just thought to myself, since I grew up in a small town in Massachusetts...imagine if a foreign person had come to look and observe life in Chicopee MA, well of course as a child I would have stared and been just fascinated. In any case, it's a...

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Xam Nua What to Pack

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    Candles and/or flashlight

    by aemilys Updated Jul 3, 2007

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    Miscellaneous: Well, you can actually buy them here (at least the candles) but since this is the kind of place where the electricity may go out you must at least have them by sundown and so as it's always best to be prepared...it's therefore wise to have them on you when you arrive

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Xam Nua Off The Beaten Path

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    Pathet Lao caves

    by aemilys Written Sep 4, 2006

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    From Sam Neua you can easily get a songtheaw to Vieng Xai. This is a marvellous place.The Pathet Lao hid out here and resisted the American efforts to invade SEA for 9 whole years...so yes, a place of resistance, a mystical place...don't feel guilty either because in the end they won. They resisted, they survived and this place is theirs but I got the distinct feeling that we are welcome too. Perfect for a day trip or even a weekend...

    ON the road to Vieng Xai Entrance to caves Downtown Vieng Xai
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