Tourist Places to Visit in Xayabury, Laos, Asia
Xayabury also known as Sainyabuli or Xayaburi is the capital city of Sainyabuli Province in Laos, about 364 northwest of national capital Vientiane. It is the elephant’s land of the country houses more than 75% among 560 domesticated elephants of the Laos and Lao National Tourism Authority organizes Elephant Festival in Hongsa region of Xayabury every year. The major landmarks of Xayabury include Wat Natonoy Temple, Tad Chao Waterfall and The Tam Hine Cave.
Geography and climate of Xayabury:
Xayabury Province covers an area of 16,389 sq. km. and the city is situated between 19°15′ north latitude and 101°45′ east longitude. Xayabury Province is surrounded by Bokeo Province and Oudomxai Province in the north and Luang Prabang Province and Vientiane Province on the east.
Economy of Xayabury:
Agriculture is the main livelihood of the natives of Xayabury and the major crops and vegetables grown in the regions of Xayabury include orange, cotton, peanuts, sesame, sugarcane, cucumbers, cabbage and Maize.
Cuisine and Culture in Xayabury:
The people of Xayabury are very active and hard workers and they spend more time of day in agricultural farms. Laos is the official and a widely spoken language all over the country including Xayabury and also natives speak Vietnamese, Chinese and French. The population of Xayabury houses the different tribes like Khmu, Tai Dam, Htin, Phai, Kri, Tai Lue and Akha.
Non vegetarian staple food such as chicken, mutton, pork and fish is favorite among the Xayabury natives and tam som, tam mak hoong, tam mak guh, tam kow phun, Jaew Padeak and Look seen are very popular. Xayabury is home to Japan, Thailand, China, Vietnam and Indian hotels.
Connectivity to Xayabury:
Xayabury is served by Sayaboury Airport with flights to Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Luang Namtha, Phongsaly, Oudomxay, Pakse and Attopeu, situated 1.5 km away from the heart of the city. Luang Prabang Airport, Wattay Airport and Oudomsay Airport are the closest airports to Xayabury.
Xayabury is also well connected through roadways by buses to the nearby regions and the main cities of the country. There are regular bus services available at Sayaboury City Bus Stand to reach prominent tourist spots.
Tourist Attractions in Xayabury:
Xayabury Museum has a large collection of old coins and photographs and is situated in the heart of the city.
Wat Si Phan Don:
Wat Si Phan Don is a popular temple among the surrounding regions of Xayabury and is famous for its diamond shaped stupa.
Wat Si Bun Huang:
Wat Si Bun Huang is a famous Buddhist temple situated southern side of the city and it is believed that, this temple is more than 50 years older.
The list of other tourist attractions near Xayabury is as follows:
- The Tam Hine Cave
- Wat Natonoy Temple
- Tad Chao Waterfall
- Wat Siphoun Temple
- Tham Phaway Cave
- Tham Seng Yeun Cave
- Tad Itan Waterfall
- Wat Xieng Ngeun Temple
- Wat Sisavang Vong
Best time to visit Xayabury:
From November to March is the ideal time to visit Sayaboury to reach historical Buddhist Temple and Museum.
Accommodation Options in Xayabury:
Xayabury houses few luxury hotels, guest houses and resorts. Tourists can visit Luang Prabang (about 800 kms from Xayabury) for more specialized hotels. Major hotels and guest houses in Xayabury and Luang Prabang are:
- Nok Noi Guest House
- Saylomyen Guest House
- HongKham Guest House
- Villa Santi Resort
- Green Park Boutique Hotel
- Vangsavath Hotel Luang Prabang
- New Daraphet Villa
- La Residence Phou Vao
- Meky Guest House
- Alooncheer Hotel
- New Sayaboury Hotel
- Settha Palace Hotel