Location: North-central Laos

Natural Protected Areas: None

Main Ethnic Groups: Khmu, Hmong, and Lao

Ecotourism Attractions: Xaysomboune Special Zone is, according to the lucky few who have traveled there, the most beautiful area in Laos, with its dramatic mountain peaks and plateaus.

Location: A northeastern province sharing a border with Vietnam

Natural Protected Areas: none

Proposed World Heritage Site: Plain of Jars (nomination dossier under preparation)

Ethnic Groups: Hmong, Tai Puan, Khamu, Tai Dam