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The Lao Zoo on New Year’s Day

The large number of people who visit the zoo enjoy themselves in different ways. Some feed the animals, others take photos of them, while some families share picnics as they listen to folk songs. I visited the zoo on New Year’s Day, when it was a public holiday. As I walked through the gate, eager [...]

Vat Phou festival welcome visitors

Vat Phou is located in Champassak district, about 700km south of Vientiane on Road No.13 South. A bus to Champassak province departs every day from the Southern Bus Station at Xangkhou village in Xaythany district, Vientiane. There are also direct fights from Vientiane to Pakxe, the provincial capital. Vat Phou festival will be held from February [...]

Luang Prabang is enjoying a resurgence with more overseas visitors

Ferry terminals, the airport, the night market, local tourist attractions and restaurants in the town have been crowded in recent months, giving a major boost to the tourism industry after a recent slump. Visitor numbers took a dive during the economic downturn in western countries and because of political unrest in a neighbouring country. “There are [...]

Tourism dollars flowing to Konglor Cave villagers in Khammuan province

The Khammuan province has been promoting previously hidden tourist sites in recent years and more and more people are visiting the province as the sites are revealed. Villagers earn various benefits from this booming industry, not least the cash income from the tourist influx. A Ban Na Hin villager, Mr Pheng Sa yaseng, told Vientiane [...]

Visitors drive up demand for ginseng in Xieng Khuang

Visiting cultural, historical and natural tourist sites may be the main thing tourists have in mind when they visit Laos, but for those who are interested Laos also has an abundance of medicinal plants to learn about. Ginseng is one of the many plants used as a traditional medicine, especially in northern Xieng Khuang province. [...]

Asean Tourism Forum (ATF) ends, logo passed to Malaysia

The 32nd Asean Tourism Forum (ATF) came to an end in Vientiane 23/01/2013 and the ATF logo was handed over to Malaysia, who will host the event in 2014. Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Chaleune Warinthrasak, reported on the outcome of the week-long regional forum, which took place from January 18-24. He [...]

Champassak Ancient stele discovered

Head of the Office for Champassak World Heritage Sites, Mr Khankham Kaenboutta, said yesterday that a team from Vat Phou discovered the stele on January 8, while workers were clearing floors and removing paving stones in the Hongxao hall in order to resurface it with new ones. The Hongxao hall is used to welcome guests [...]

Building of Vientiane’s largest hotel

The Ministry of National Defence and the Singapore-based Regal Global Investment Development group signed an agreement back in September 2011 to build the joint-venture US$100 million hotel. Construction of the 28-storey five star hotel was slated to start in early 2012, with the completion date set for the middle of 2014. But there has yet [...]

Vangvieng offers natural charm

Riding a bicycle 2km from the centre of Vangvieng district to the Lom cave recently, reminded me of a time I was there 10 years ago when I walked beside the Nam Xong river breathing the clean, fresh air and enjoying the sights and sounds of nature, in contrast to my visit last year which [...]

Laos: Sacred tree rescued from Mekong

The committee responsible for the task of removing the tree from where it lay on a rocky outcrop deployed two helicopters and four volunteer soldiers to carry out the task. The team worked from about 9am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, in line with their prepared plan. “Everything went well in lifting the tree [...]

 

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