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Attapeu Province

Travel Guide Asia Laos Attapeu Province

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Introduction

Attapeu is a province of Laos, located in the southeast of the country. To the north it is bounded by Sekong, to the west by Champassak province. To the east, the Annamite Mountain Range separates Attapeu from Vietnam. It borders Cambodia to the south. It has five districts (Samakkixay, Xaysetha, Sanamxay, Sanxay and Phouvong) covering an area of 1,032 square kilometres. Its capital city is Attapeu (Muang Samakkixay).

It was known as the "land of the Heroism". There are two biodiversity areas; Dong Ampham Forest (200,000 ha) and Xepaine Forest. A large part of the province is under the Dong Ampham National Biodiversity Conservation Area.

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Geography

It borders Xekong Province to the north, Vietnam to the east, Virachey National Park of Cambodia to the south and Champasak Province to the west. Notable settlements in the province include Attapeu, Ban Nonghin, Ban Hinlat, Ban Xoutouat, Ban Nong Songhong, Ban Renthuk, Ban Phiahom, Ban Choim, Ban Pakha, Ban Onglouang, Ban Het, Muang May, Ban kong Han, Ban Xakhe, and Ban Dakkrong.

The province's terrain is characterized as rugged and wild with scenic beauty.[citation needed] Its capital city Attapeu (Samax Sai) is in a very scenic valley. The Bolaven Plateau stretches across Attapeu as well as three others provinces, Champasak, Salavan, and Sekong. The landscape of the province consists of thick forest, rivers and streams and plains areas in the backdrop of mountains such as Phou Saphong and Phou Luang. The principal rivers are the Xe Kong, Xe Kaman, and the Xe Xou River and the province is difficult to approach during the rainy season. The province also has several waterfalls of note. These include the 23-metre high, 120-metre wide Tad Saephe Waterfall in Xepaine Forest, the 10-metre high, 30-metre wide Tad Samongphak Waterfall between Houay Samong and Xepaine River, Tad Phok Waterfall, and Tad Phaphong Waterfall, running from Xe Xou River. During the American War in Vietnam, parts of the Ho Chi Minh Trail passed through the province. The main roads are Route 13, the most important road in the country, and Route 11. The main settlements are Attapeu, Xaysetha, and Sanamxai.

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