Vang Vieng – A famous tourist destination

Vang Vieng District Deputy Chief Mr. Phonekeo Khounphon said: Vang Vieng is a perfect district, blessed with beautiful natural resources. The concerned authorities have recently ordered the closure of some shops located along the Nam Song river due to their non compliance with applicable rules, and failure to meet required standards. To promote sustainable tourism, the local authorities will also observe a four-point policy of charm, peace, cleanliness, and lush to attract both foreign

Savannakhet province: a land of hidden gems

Laos is well known as a country of simple beauty, stunning landscapes, charming traditions and intriguing culture. But how well do we, as citizens, actually know our own country? Savannakhet province is a good place to start an exploration of the many attractions that Laos has to offer. After a recent visit to the area, I came to realise that Savannakhet – our largest province – has many hidden charms and I’d like to share what I discovered with readers. I travelled to Savannakhet on a

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 to see the animals, I was greeted by photographers wanting to know if they could take a photo of me with the animals as a souvenir. In just five minutes you can have a special photo taken that is cheap

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 20-25, is able to fully accommodate about 500 visitors per day. Champassak District Governor, Mr Nouchan Chanthaphong in an interview with Vientiane

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 definitely more overseas tourists here than last year. Business is better but it is still not as good as several years ago,” a hotel manager in

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 Times that since the province has been promoting tourism, he can earn extra money with his boat service at Konglor cave. The boat service costs 100,000 kip

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. It is highly sought after by some tourists, especially those from other Asian countries. Ginseng is known locally as ‘pombee-kathing' and comes from the scientific

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 highlighted the success of various meetings and the ATF Travel Exchange (TRAVEX). Formal meetings included the Asean Senior Officials Meeting on Tourism, Asean Senior

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 coming to the temple during various festivals and events. Mr Khankham added that the team identified the top of the stele for what it was, so they dug deeper. “The stele is

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 to be a groundbreaking ceremony for the project. The signing ceremony and design details were reported in local media outlets including the Vientiane

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