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Saravan proving a must-visit destination for lovers of nature

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.

Let us introduce you to Saravan, a charming province in the southern part of the country packed full of stunning tourist attractions.
A number of traditional, cultural and natural tourism sites await travellers, especially those keen on explore the natural beauty.
In addition to the province’s traditional variant on the dance of lamvong, Saravan is acknowledged nationwide for the delightful local cuisine including ping kai Napong (grilled chicken) from Napong village and lao khao (white rice whisky) from Kongxedon district.
The province comprises the eight districts of Saravan, Khongxedon, Lao-ngam, Vapy, Samuay, Ta-oy, Lakhonpheng and Toumlane and covers a total area of 16,389 sq km (6,328 sq mi). People of several ethnicities live in these districts.

Tad Loh waterfall is among the stunning attractions of Saravan province..

The province is bordered by Vietnam to the east, Thailand to the west, Savannakhet province to the north, Xekong province to the southeast, and Champassak province to the south.
Saravan currently has eight hotels with around 220 rooms.
Next year, the number will increase to 10 hotels with 250 rooms.
The province also has 55 guesthouses with more than 500 rooms,  and it is expected to have 590 rooms in 2018.
A total of 55 restaurants will be ready to serve visiting domestic and foreign guests by 2018.
According to a 2015 report, the province has a total of 85 tourism sites, including 48 natural spots, 34 cultural sites and seven historical sites.
Located in the heart of southern Laos, Saravan is accessible by land through Road No. 13 South and Roads no. 15A, 15 B and 23B link it with neighbouring Thailand and Vietnam.
The best roads to access tourist destinations are Road No. 20 linked with Road no.16A.
Another option for tourists is to travel on Road no.13 South and go on to Road no.15B, which links up with Road no. 20 and allows travellers to visit Tad Loh, Kaeng Kou, Kaeng Xanh and other famous waterfalls.
Tad Loh waterfall is a leading natural tourism destination in the province. It is located on the route from Saravan province to Champassak province.
This stunning waterfall is managed in a partnership of public and private sectors to provide visitors with restaurants, guesthouses and guides.
The province, situated on the Bolaven Plateau, is also home to the ecotourism destination of Phou Xieng Thong National Biodiversity Conservation Area. It is the only park in the country on the Mekong River and covers nearly 1,000 sq km in the western part of Saravan. The park is home to a wide variety of animal and plant species.
It is thought that Asiatic black bears, banteng (a species of wild cattle), clouded leopards, Douc langurs, elephants, gibbons, guars, Siamese crocodiles and tigers inhabit the area.
People across the country are gearing up for Visit Laos Year 2018 since the government officially launched the campaign in Vientiane in November.
Saravan is expecting to welcome a total of 95,000 visitors and generate record revenues of US$14.2 million in 2018 after being set to earn more than US$13.5 million from a total of 90,000 visitors in 2017.
In 2016, Saravan received more than 88,000 visitors with a record income of US$12.9 million, according to a report from the province’s Information, Culture and Tourism Department.

 

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update December 16, 2017)

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