Laos Southern Provinces Draft A Tourism Plan

Laos four southernmost provinces near to the Cambodian and Thai borders drafted a plan for developing and linking tourist sites in the period of 2016-2025.

The authorities of Saravanh, Champassak, Sekong and Attapeu met late September to discuss and exchange lessons for making a joint plan to develop tourist sites in the southernmost part of Laos and linking tourist sites.

The four provinces of Southern Laos represent 13.3% or 795,000 visitors arrivals in 2014. The largest share was held by Champassak Province with the important ciy of Pakse and the nearby Wat Phou, a UNESCO world heritage site.

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The meeting was presided over by Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Chaleun Warinthrasak and drew Saravan Deputy Governor, Phouthong Khammanivong and his counterparts from the provinces of Champassak, Sekong, and Attapeu.

The meeting reviewed the way to do efficient promotion linking the various attractions of the four provinces with a tourist trail. The agreement for a tourism circuit was signed last year by the four administrations during a similar meeting held in Sekong Province.

In recent years, Saravanh Province -which has borders to both Thailand and Vietnam- has focused on developing six tourist sites targeted as potential tourism areas, all fitting into an ecotourism or community tourism concept. The selected areas are:
– Keng San rapids in Thongkham village;
– Keng Seuten rapids in Thongsay village;
– Tadsong area in Saneun village;
– Wat Pa area of Lao Ngam district;
– Hintood area in Nongpheung village;
– Tad Saesong in Sim village.