Laos' Xaysomboun province launches feasibility study for agriculture, tourism development

  • Laos
  • Monday, 13 Jul 2020

VIENTIANE (Vientiane News/ANN): Xaysomboun province has given the green light to a local company to carry out a feasibility study for an agriculture and tourism development at Phakatai cliff in Phasangobsouk village, Anouvong district.

The feasibility study for both will take around 18 months. The project will ascertain how locals can earn more from livestock and growing vegetables and attract more tourists to the province after the development of Phakatai cliff, Lao media reported on Friday (July 10).

In addition, Xaysomboun is set to open new tourist sites to attract more visitors to the province, with concerned sectors giving their final opinion on the feasibility study for tourism development at Phou Bia Mountain under the KPG project.

The project is located in Anouvong district of Xaysomboun province, and the developers expect to spend about US$500 million in developing tourism activities there along with putting in place environmental conservation measures.

A report was presented last month at a meeting of the province’s Information, Culture and Tourism Department on developing the new sites in Xaysomboun.

The project aims to develop tourism in the region as per international standards along with an adequate focus on environmental protection and rural development. When implemented, it will become one of the main tourist sites of the region, which can attract travellers from across the country and overseas. It will also create jobs for the local people allowing them to earn more.

The development will be divided into two phases, with the first phase to be implemented from 2020-2025. In this phase, the foothills and elevated locations at Phou Bia mountain will be developed for hiking, ziplining, mountain climbing, cycling, camping and homestays.

The second phase from 2026-2032 will develop adventure and modern tourism activities, including an amusement park, a five-star hotel and a cable car.

The region’s popular tourist sites include Phou Mok, Phou Bia Mountain and Nam Ngum Dam II.

There are many annual festivals in the province, including the Khmu ethnic group festival in January at Nahong village of Thathom district, Tai Dam ethic group festival in February at Nammo village of Anouvong district, and other exciting events.

Xaysomboun province is located in the central part of Laos, bordering Xieng Khuang province to the north and the east, Borikhamxay province to the south and Vientiane province to the west. The province consists of the five districts of Anouvong, Longchaeng, Longxan, Hom and Thathom. - Vientiane News/Asia News Network

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