Viengthong District, Houaphanh

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Viengthong
ເມືອງວຽງທອງ
Muang (district)
Country Laos
Province Houaphanh
Time zone ICT (UTC+7)

Viengthong is a district (muang) of Houaphanh Province in northeastern Laos.[1] It is the gateway to the Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area (NPA), which is home to a number of endangered species including tigers. The park headquarters are in the town.

History[edit]

Before the Laotian Civil War, Viengthong District was under the same jurisdiction as Pak Xeng District, Luang Prabang Province and was a Buddhist settlement called Muang Hiem, which means "beware of the tiger", alluding to tiger attacks in the area.

There was a temple called Vat Hiem on a nearby hill where the district government administration building sits today, but this was destroyed by US bombing during the Laotian Civil War. The only remnants are a stupa and an unexploded bomb lodged deep inside the earth, deemed not to be dangerous.[2]

Sights and activities[edit]

There is an early morning market visited by villagers from outside the town. Its speciality is bamboo shoots. A short walk or cycle from the town there are some hot springs, with some Khmu villages nearby. There are also cycle rides to the Nam Khan River and a wooden Buddhist temple in Poung Hai village.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maplandia world gazetteer
  2. ^ a b Viengthong Office of Information & Culture and Nam EtPhou Louey NPA. "Biking and Walking Around Viengthong" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2011.