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Company to develop Mekong beach as popular tourist attraction in Vientiane

A private company seeks to put the Mekong River beach in front of Sithan Neua village, Sikhottabong district on the map as one of the most popular tourist attractions in Vientiane in a bid to attract more domestic and foreign visitors.

Sithan Neua Mekong B each was officially opened to the public on Lao New Year holidays and the company plans to propose Vientiane authorities to keep the beach open until the beginning of the rainy season, President of Fa Watthana Co., Ltd. Mr Kongfa Phoummasack told Vientiane Times recently .

He said this was the second year that the company had provided facilities at the beach but it observed that there was still much room to increase the number of visitors.

Availability of huts, tents, toilets and swimming areas for visitors had been added or expanded this year in a bid to attract more visitors to the beach.

More importantly, he said the company pays close attention to keep the beach clean in line with various directives and policies in order to make Vientiane a more livable and beautiful city.

For example, the beach was kept clean over Lao New Year comparing to other similar areas, Mr Kongfa said.

Exposed during the cool and dry seasons when water levels in the river fall, the beach covers 300 metres near the Mekong riverside on the Vientiane reach.

Visitors to Sithan Neua Mekong Beach can take in the beautiful views extending from the sandy expanse across the river to neighbouring Sixieng Chai village in Nong Khai province of Thailand all whilst sampling tasty local foods and washing them down with a drink or two.

For those who want to keep out of the sun, there are a number of wooden thatch roofed huts that are available.

In addition, visitors can swim and play in the Mekong river and also take part in sporting activities such as football, volleyball, rattan ball and kite flying.

Visitors will not be charged for entering the beach, renting huts, tables and parking cars or motorbikes, Mr Kongfa said.

He said the company requires the relevant sector to consider improved road access to the beach which it believes will help attract more visitors, he said.

Besides this, the company has also planted around 2 million flowers to add to the beautiful scenery of the Mekong riverbank.

It is now becoming a popular location and important asset in the tourism development for the city.

“As many people know, before the beach was a place where people once dumped their waste but we have restored it to something beautiful,” Mr Kongfa said.

The company also built a fish conservation zone in Sithan Neua and Khounta Tha villages, aiming to preserve and boost stocks of aquatic species in the Mekong River and raise awareness among local people about the importance of natural resource management and sustainability.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update April 20, 2017)

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