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First Upper Laos Campaign
Part of the First Indochina War
Date12 April – 18 May 1953
LocationProvinces of Phongsaly, Sam Neua, Xieng Khouang and Luang Prabang (Kingdom of Laos)
Result Việt Minh occupies parts of northern Laos
Pathet Lao resistance government established
North Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam
Flag of Laos.svg Pathet Lao

France French Union

  • Laos Kingdom of Laos

The Upper Laos campaign (Vietnamese: Chiến dịch Thượng Lào) was a military campaign of the People's Army of Vietnam military campaign aimed at spreading Vietnamese communist influence to Laos in support of the Pathet Lao.[1] While their advance on Luang Prabang ultimately failed, they managed to occupy parts of Phongsaly (see Battle of Muong Khoua), Sam Neua, Xieng Khouang and Luang Prabang Provinces. Furthermore, Souphanouvong established his Laotian Resistance Government in Sam Neua.[2]



  • Dommen, Arthur J. (2002). The Indochinese Experience of the French and the Americans: Nationalism and Communism in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. Indiana University Press. ISBN 9780253109255. 

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