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Vangvieng to open two new lagoons to swimmers

Vangvieng district in Vientiane province is hoping to attract even more tourists by preparing two new swimming areas in sections of a broad stream.
Authorities hope they will soon be ready for full public use, a district tourism official said.
Head of the Tourism Management Unit of the Information, Culture and Tourism Office in Vangvieng district, Mr Duangdala Phuangchanla, told Vientiane Times on Wednesday the new areas have been designated Blue Lagoon 2 and 3. The operators of these sites are in the process of submitting documents to the office in preparation for an official opening.


“Both of these swimming areas, which are situated in streams that flow off the hills, are temporarily open to the public. Our office has checked them out and we think they are well managed and comply with the regulations. So I don’t think there will be any problem giving permission for them to operate as official tourist sites,” he said.
Mr Duangdala said the two areas were on the far side of the Xong River from Vangvieng town centre and entailed a journey of about 10km. They are on the same side of the river as Phoukham cave, where Blue Lagoon 1 is situated, in Nathong village. The road from the river to the cave has now been asphalted.
Blue Lagoon 2 is some distance from Phoukham cave and is located in Naleng village, while Blue Lagoon 3 is further away still and can be found in Naxay village.
“The opening of these new sites is a big development for our sector this year. They are very beautiful and we hope they will attract more domestic and foreign visitors,” Mr Duangdala added.
Vangvieng district also has two waterfalls that it believes could draw visitors this rainy season. One waterfall is called Keangyui and is situated in Naduang village while the other is named Namtheam and is in Pakpok village.
Mr Duangdala said leisure activities on the Xong River were the district’s main tourist draw. His office in cooperation with other sectors was providing information on the regulations to people building entertainment venues on the riverbank, instructing them to first obtain permission from the authorities before starting construction.
“We are still having problems with new recreational facilities that are being built by the river. We want business owners to understand that they must ensure their plans are permitted by the authorities and comply with the district’s management plan,” he added.
According to a report from the district tourist office, the number of tourist arrivals in Vangvieng district exceeded 500,000 people last year.
In 2015, Vientiane province had 119 officially designated tourist sites, of which 103 sites were places of natural beauty, 11 were cultural attractions, and five were of historical interest.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update May 13, 2017)

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