You need to visit this strawberry farm in Laos during winter

  • Asia & Oceania
  • Tuesday, 19 Mar 2019

Tourists camping at the strawberry farm at Phoukhoun district, Luang Prabang in Laos. — PHOONSAB/Vientiane Times

Phoukhoun strawberry farm in Luang Prabang, Laos is increasingly popular with local and international visitors who like to go there in the winter.

A local official, Simone Silikoun, said that many people are now visiting the farm, which is situated on a hillside in Samyaekphoukhoun village.

Visitors go there to see the mist rise over the hills and enjoy the tasty strawberries that are grown on the farm. Many people camp there and get a true taste of the natural world, especially when the temperature plummets and there is frost.

Tourists can bring their own food to cook while they’re camping, with tents available for rent.

The farm is about 250km north of Vientiane and can be reached via a good but winding road.

Besides the strawberry farm, the district has other places of interest including a smaller version of the Plain of Jars and caves.

The district has 12 guesthouses, 18 restaurants and some entertainment venues. While there are 27 officially designated tourist sites, only two are described as developed.

Visitors to the strawberry farm often make trips to Tham Ting cave, Tad Sae and Kuangxi waterfalls, temples, and the former royal palace in Luang Prabang province.

The food is also a highlight of the area, including jaew bong (a sauce made with hot chilies and buffalo skin) and khaipan (dried riverweed lightly fried with sesame seeds and garlic). Souvenirs of the province include Namkieng baskets, which are handmade. They can be used to hold food that is offered to monks, or for home decor.

Luang Prabang was declared a city in April 2018 and the old town was listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1995. The province has 108 officially registered places of natural beauty, 86 cultural sites and 34 historical attractions. It has 53 hotels, 260 resorts and guesthouses, 290 restaurants, and 19 entertainment venues.

More than 655,000 tourists visited the province in 2017, according to a report by the Laos Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism. – Vientiane Times/Asia News Network

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