Administrative divisions of Laos

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Laos is divided into 17 provinces (khoueng) and one prefecture (kampheng nakhon) which includes the capital city Vientiane (Nakhon Louang Viangchan). Provinces are further divided into districts (muang) and then villages (ban). An 'urban' village is essentially a town. [1]


Administrative Units

Officially, Laos is divided into 3 administrative tiers, with different types of administrative unit on each tier:

Type Prefecture
(ນະຄອນຫຼວງ nakhon louang)
(ເມືອງ mueang)
(ບ້ານ baan)
(ແຂວງ khoueng)

Provinces of Laos

No. Subdivisions CapitalArea (km2)Population
(2015) [2]
1 Attapeu Attapeu (Samakkhixay District)10,320139,628
2 Bokeo Houayxay (Houayxay District)6,196179,243
3 Bolikhamsai Pakxan (Pakxan District)14,863273,691
4 Champasak Pakse (Pakse District)15,415694,023
5 Houaphanh Xam Neua (Xam Neua District)16,500289,393
6 Khammouane Thakhek (Thakhek District)16,315392,052
7 Luang Namtha Luang Namtha (Namtha District)9,325175,753
8 Luang Prabang Luang Prabang (Luang Prabang District)16,875431,889
9 Oudomxay Muang Xay (Xay District)15,370307,622
10 Phongsaly Phongsali (Phongsaly District)16,270177,989
11 Sainyabuli Sainyabuli (Xayabury District)16,389381,376
12 Salavan Salavan (Salavan District)10,691396,942
13 Savannakhet Kaysone Phomvihane (Khanthaboury District)21,774969,697
14 Sekong Sekong (La Mam District)7,66583,600
15 Vientiane Prefecture Vientiane (Chanthabouly District)3,920820,940
16 Vientiane Province Phonhong (Phonhong District)15,927419,090
17 Xiengkhouang Phonsavan (Pek District)15,880244,684
18 Xaisomboun Province Anouvong (Anouvong District)8,30085,168

Districts of Laos

Each Laotian province is subdivided into districts ( muang ) and then subdivided into villages (baan).

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  1. "Nsc Lao Pdr". Archived from the original on 23 January 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2012.
  2. Lao Statistics Bureau (21 October 2016). "Results of Population and Housing Census 2015" (PDF). Retrieved 8 January 2018.