Sainyabuli, (Lao: ໄຊຍະບູລີ; alternatively spelled Xaignabouli, Xayaburi, or Xayaboury) is the capital of Sainyabuli Province, Laos. It lies on Route 4 which along with Route 13 connects it to Luang Prabang, roughly 80 kilometres northeast by road and to the Thai border across the Luang Prabang Range in the southwest. A passport control point is in the area. Sainyabuli Airport lies southwest of the town.

Sainyabuli District
Ferry berth, Sainyabuli
Ferry berth, Sainyabuli
Sainyabuli is located in Laos
Location in Laos
Coordinates: 19°15′N 101°45′E / 19.250°N 101.750°E / 19.250; 101.750
 • Total16,200
Time zoneUTC+7 (ICT)

The capital stands on the banks of the Nam Hung, a tributary of the Mekong River towards the northern end of the province. The area is allegedly a heartland for military involvement in illegal timber trade.[1]


Wat Si Bun Huang, a Buddhist temple of over 500 years vintage lies in the southern part of the town. Also of note is Wat Si Phan Don, noted for its diamond-shaped stupa and Wat Sisavang Vong, reputedly erected by King Sisavang Vong himself on the site of a former temple.[2] The town contains a museum and library and two bus terminals each of which are about 2 kilometres north and south of the town respectively.[2]


  1. ^ Walker, Andrew (1999). The legend of the golden boat: regulation, trade and traders in the borderlands of Laos, Thailand, China, and Burma. University of Hawaii Press. p. 179. ISBN 978-0-8248-2256-9. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  2. ^ a b Burke, Andrew; Vaisutis, Justine (15 August 2007). Laos. Lonely Planet. p. 223. ISBN 978-1-74104-568-0. Retrieved 27 June 2011.

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Coordinates: 19°15′N 101°45′E / 19.250°N 101.750°E / 19.250; 101.750