Stunning green area in central region to be adventure tourism hotspot


  • Laos
  • Monday, 12 Oct 2020

PHOU Pha Marn, one of the most environmentally stunning places in central Laos, is on its way to becoming a top-flight visitor attraction, designed to make the most of the dramatic landscape.

More activities and accommodation are being made available to deal with the projected increase in visitors under the Lao Visit Laos tourism campaign to boost the number of domestic travellers.

The president of Green Discovery Laos, Inthy Deuansavanh, said that his company is building 12 ziplines and bridges, which will open at the end of this year.

“Our programme will also include a visit to Tham Nam (“Water Cave”)about 4km from the Rock Viewpoint, which we will start later this year.

“We will build capsule accommodation near the cave where visitors can stay overnight to observe the wildlife,” he said.

In addition, Inthy said, Khounkeo Cave, which is located 5km from the Rock Viewpoint, will soon be open to tourists. The cave is one of the most fascinating in the area and is accessible by ziplines.

The activities currently on offer at Phou Pha Marn include six zip-lines, a tree canopy walk, a walk across a Spider Net, climbing over rocks to reach a viewpoint and hiking.

Located in the Phou Hinboun National Protected Area in Khammuan province some 260km south of Vientiane, the site also has a restaurant which offers food and drinks similar to that served at the Khop Chai Deu restaurant in Vientiane.

Green Discovery Laos has yet to open a hotel or resort at the site so that holidaymakers can stay longer to experience the magical atmosphere and virgin forests.

“We are building 26 cabins and tree houses and we plan to open all of them at the end of this year,” Mr Inthy said.

“Another activity we offer is kayaking on the Hinboun River.

“Tourists can spend half a day or one day on this activity.”

Concerning safety measures, Mr Inthy said people who want to go ziplining are asked to sign a waiver indicating that they acknowledge the risks involved before they get on a zipline. — Vientiane Times/ANN

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