FACET (Forestry Area Conservation Ecological Tourism), provider of sustainable tourism services, will open an ecotourism attraction early next year in Oudomxay Province, Northwest of Lao PDR. The province is easily to be reached from Chiang Rai and Luang Prabang.
The future ecotourism park is located at Nam Kat Yola Pa, in the Phou Hiphi National Conservation Forest in Meuang Xay. It took five years of preparation and development to create the attraction. The Nam Kat Yola Pa area is one of Laos top nature destinations. Surrounded by mountains, it offers an abundance of flora and fauna specieis and counts many rivers.
“Years ago, trees in this area were cut down and animals hunted for food by local people. The objective of the development of this tourist attraction was to raise awareness about the importance of preserving nature and the environment, and using natural resources for sustainable tourism . To achieve this goal, a series of training sessions were held in 11 villages in the area,” said Somphet Maopaseuth, President of FACET to Lao news agency KPL.
“Investment in the development of Nam Kat Yola Pa was divided into two phases. First phase started in 2011 until this year with US$9 million being invested for the development of basic infrastructure including roads, a power grid, and a water supply. Many activities were also set up for future tourists such as a hike across a suspension bridge, zip lines, rock climbing areas, elephant rides, motocross courses, shooting ranges, stays in tree-houses and ecocamps,” he added.
Other tourist attractions will also include 5-day treks, tribal village visits, a five-star resort, and lessons on traditional farming techniques and winter crop farming.
FACET President expects initially around 5,000 domestic and foreign visitors. In a second phase due to take another ten years, another US$6 million will be invested into new attractions and infrastructure upgrading with the hopes of attracting between 30,000 and 100,000 tourists per year to Nam Kat.