VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN): Vientiane authorities are in the process of creating a new district, which will be the tenth in the capital, although the completion date is not currently known.
The new district will be located between Pakngum and Xaythany districts in the northeast of Vientiane.
It will have 24 villages, including five that already exist in Pakngum district and three in Xaythany district.
Work to develop the district began in 2018 and authorities are now preparing to build other infrastructure such as office buildings, which are expected to be completed this year, according to the Vientiane Mai newspaper.
The Mayor of Vientiane, Dr Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune, said the new district is in a rural environment and has wooded areas and hills, as well as rivers.
The district contains the popular Tad Soyvoy waterfall, which has potential for development as a tourist attraction.
Neighbouring Pakngum district is the site of Nam Piem Yorla Pa, which is also popular with visitors.
The construction of the new district is part of Vientiane’s development strategy towards 2025 and the plan to develop the suburbs into commercial and residential areas.
Xaythany district is large and has more than 100 villages comprising over 43,900 households. Due to its relatively rural setting, there is strong potential for agriculture and tourism.
Development of the new district will provide more facilities and public services for the residents of Xaythany district, and help to ease overcrowding. - Vientiane Times/Asia News Network