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Waterfalls, caves, tasty food - Vientiane province has something for everyone tourists

If you like spectacular natural vistas, a laidback lifestyle, adventure activities and a clean, pollution-free environment, Vientiane province may be the perfect choice for you.
Located in the north of Laos, it is not far from the capital, making it easy to get to. It has many attractions, especially local festivals and places of scenic beauty.
 The official in charge of the provincial Information, Culture and Tourism Department, Mr Phetsamone Xayavong, told Vientiane Times that authorities are finalising numerous activities and improving services and at hotels, guesthouses and restaurants to welcome visitors during Visit Laos Year.

One of the many beautiful spots in Vangvieng district. (File photos)

 Among the festivals that visitors can experience is the Hmong ethnic group’s New Year festival, held from December 20-24 this year in Phonkham village, Phonhong district. This will also be one of the highlights of next year’s tourism programme.
 During the festival, visitors can watch a bull fighting competition or take their pick of agricultural produce and handicrafts at a market fair.
 Vientiane province is well known for the refreshing Blue Lagoon, Tham Poukham cave, Tham Chang cave, Kaean Nyui waterfall, and Phangern peak. Adventure activities include kayaking, tubing, speed boating, caving and zip-lining.
 The Blue Lagoon and Tham Poukham Cave
These are located in Nathong village, about 30 minutes from central Vangvieng district.
The Blue Lagoon is a small deep pool whose water is turquoise blue, clean, refreshingly cold and home to schools of fish that won’t bother you but will disappear after greeting you.
 Tham Poukham Cave is at the top of a rock face right above the lagoon. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to climb the steep path to the cave. At the bottom of the steps, you can rent a head flashlight if you plan on going deep inside.
 Kaeng Nyui waterfall
This beautiful waterfall is always popular with visitors. Some say if you don’t visit this waterfall,  you haven’t actually been to Vientiane province. It is located in Naduang village, Vangvieng district.
Phangern cliff
Located in popular Vangvieng district, this is a place for people with an adventurous nature. There are many amazing mountains in this area which you can see when you arrive during daylight hours or under a full moon.
 Phangern Mountain is easy to find as it’s close to other popular tourist sites. It is located on the way to the Blue Lagoon and Tham Phoukham cave, near Na Thong village and about 6 km from central Vangvieng.
Tham Chang cave
This is another interesting cave located in Vangvieng district and not far from the town centre. If you want to go inside you must first cross an orange bridge and then walk up some steps.
The cave has lights so people can see the many stalactites. The air is very cool and people can get a beautiful view of the surrounding area from the high point of the cave.
Vientiane province has many kinds of food, especially fish dishes, including dried fish, fish sauce, and sour fish, because it has several rivers. There are also many restaurants serving a wide variety of popular international dishes. The province also has some orange orchards.
According to a 2016 report by the Tourism Development Department, Vientiane province attracted more than 900,000 domestic and foreign visitors last year. The province has about 20 hotels, 267 resorts and guesthouses, 271 restaurants, and 26 entertainment venues.
Vientiane province offers many kinds of goods, including agricultural products and handicrafts, which can be purchased as souvenirs.
Gross Domestic Product currently stands at 8.3 percent, with agriculture  accounting for 2.4 percent, industry 3.98 percent, and services 1.75 percent.
 Getting there
The province borders the capital Vientiane, and can be reached by bus or car. The journey takes two to three hours. The province is criss-crossed by rivers and mountains but it is easy to travel around.
 Those wanting more information should check out the website www.tourismlaos.org/vientiane
 Information can also be obtained from the Vientiane provincial Information, Culture and Tourism Department on 023 431535.


By Siladda Souliyong
(Latest Update November 25, 2017)

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