Located: in the southern of Laos (Southern Provinces)
Total area: 10,691 square kilometers
08 Districts: Salavanh, Ta-Oy, Toumlane, Lakhonepheng, Vapi, Khongxedon, Lao-Ngarm & Samouay
Capital of the province: Salavanh
A southeastern province situated on the Bolaven Plateau is devoted to agriculture and nature offering idyllic scenery. A prehistoric site exists not far from the cascades where a wonderful scene can be seen. Salavanh Province is home to the Phou Xieng Thong National Biodiversity Conservation Area, covering nearly 1,000 sq km in the western part of the province next to the Mekong River. It is thought that Asiatic black bear, banteng, clouded leopard, Douc langur, elephant, gibbon, guar, Siamese crocodile and tiger and inhabit this area. Within a cave huge stone caskets are piled one on top of.....
Though Salavanh’s forests hide prehistoric sites including stone caskets and cave paintings, little is known about the province’s history except its wartime past. Historians suggest the area was an outpost of the Champasack Kingdom in the early 19th century. Newspaper reports from 1940 discuss Thai troops clashing with “Indochinese” forces in Salavanh, including bombing raids by French planes. From then until Laos’ liberation in 1975, the province was caught up in a tug-of-war between Western-backed forces and Lao independence fighters, and the renowned Ho Chi Minh.....