Place:Houaphan, Laos


Coordinates20.167°N 104.0°E
Located inLaos
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Houaphanh province (Laotian: ຫົວພັນ ; Romanization of Lao: Houaphan) is a province of eastern Laos. As of 2015 it had a population of 289,393 people. Its capital lies at Sam Neua.

Houaphanh Province covers an area of . The province is bordered by Vietnam to the north, east and southeast, Xiangkhouang Province to the south and southwest, and Luang Prabang Province to the west. The terrain is rugged, with dense mountainous forest forming much of the province, particularly on the western side. The main road running through the province is Route 6. The principal rivers are the Nam Ma, which flows from and into Vietnam, passing the village of Ban Muang-Et, and the Nam Sam, which the towns of Sam Neua and Sam Tai lie on.

The province is the home to the Viengxay caves, an extensive network of caves used by the Pathet Lao, and the Hintang Archaeological Park, one of the most important pre-historic sites in northern Laos, dotted with standing megaliths.

Houaphanh is one of the poorest areas of Laos but has dramatic scenery and fine textile traditions.

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