Luxury vehicle rally turns spotlight on Vangvieng

Welcoming Visit Laos Year 2018, Vientiane Times is publishing a series of feature articles
and images inviting you to experience the authentic nature, culture,
history and hospitality of Laos, Jewel of the Mekong.

I’m sure that tourists who start their visit to Laos in Vientiane often wonder where to go next after spending a few days in the capital.
The most popular answer to that question is Vangvieng district in Vientiane province, as this is not only a great place to explore but is also relatively close to the capital.
Last week, the luxury automobile firm, Auto Lao Company Limited, arranged a vehicle rally called the “SUV Road Trip” to promote tourism in Vangvieng during Visit Laos Year.
The company, which deals in luxury vehicles such as Mercedes Benz, gathered about 50 people, many of them its customers, who drove in their SUVs from Vientiane to Vangvieng, a journey of 157 kilometres.

SUVs travel along Road No. 10 and Road 13 North on their way to Vangvieng district in Vientiane province.

The company’s General Manager, Mr Anolack Thammavong, said “Everyone knows this is Visit Laos Year and we wanted to be a part of efforts to promote tourism in Laos by organising this caravan.”
“We would like to see the smiles and the happiness of our customers while the country also wants to promote its tourist attractions among local and foreign visitors. So this kind of activity benefits both sides.”
Sixteen Mercedes Benz vehicles, including GLS, GLE, GLC and other models, took part in the rally, which travelled along Road No. 10 and Road No. 13 North.
The organisers could have used Road No. 13 all the way but Road No. 10 was included as there is less traffic and the views along the road are fantastic. The organisers also arranged some games with questions about the technical details of the vehicles in the convoy and explained the history and details of each area the rally passed through.
Mr Anolack said “We also taught drivers how to get the best performance from their vehicles while driving up and down hills. In this way, we wanted them to get know the superb quality of the vehicles and how they can make driving easy and comfortable.”
The convoy arrived in Vangvieng last Saturday evening. The drivers then went to Houay Nhae Primary School where they donated over 16 million kip for educational equipment and repairs to the school.
The motorists also visited some of the area’s most popular attractions, including Poukham cave, the Blue Lagoon and kayaking. Needless to say they took plenty of photos which were shared on social media.
The owner of Khounta Sign, Mr Vongnam Vongvilay, said it was a good trip for him as he learnt a lot about maintaining his vehicle and the best way to use all of the accessories and gadgets in his Mercedes Benz GLS.
“I also got the chance to go to Vangvieng, which is one of the most beautiful places in Laos. I shared photos of this experience to encourage other friends to come to Laos, especially during the Lao New Year celebrations,” he said. He added that he would like the organisers to arrange more such trips across Laos and in neighbouring countries in the future.
The SUV Road Trip featured a small group of luxury vehicles and drivers from Vientiane but the activity is expected to benefit the tourism industry and help promote Visit Laos Year.

By Souknilundon Southivongnorath
(Latest Update April 06, 2018)

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