Northern Lao district plans to reveal hidden gems for tourism

Published June 12, 2016 by SoClaimon

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Phavang waterfall is about 30 km from the centre of Xamtay district in Huaphan province./Vientiane Times
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Vientiane Times

VIENTIANE – Realising the tourism potential of the many scenic attractions on their doorstep, authorities in Xamtay district, Huaphan province, are hoping that an investor will add the necessary facilities to entice more visitors.

Xamtay district governor Hinthong Heuangchansouk told Vientiane Times recently that the district has a wealth of scenic beauty, cultural interest and historic sites.

“Our district has considerable potential for tourism and our waterfalls are of particular interest. For example, Phavang waterfall is a key part of our tourism development plan,” he said.

Phavang waterfall is about 30km from the centre of Xamtay district, in Pao Neua village. The water cascades over a 700-metre drop and has 21 levels.

“We opened the waterfall to the public last month. Hundreds of local residents came to the opening ceremony but we don’t have an accurate record of the number of visitors coming here,” Hinthong said.

Xamtay district borders on Viengxay district and has a road link with Vietnam to the east.

“We want to promote the potential benefits of our tourist attractions in the hope of teaming up with Vietnam in the years to come,” he said.

Hinthong explained that the key to their tourism development plan was infrastructure development, especially roads, so that people can access the main tourist attractions in the district.

“The development of tourism in Xamtay district will focus on sustainability and avoid negative impacts on the environment, biodiversity and wildlife,” he said.

According to Hinthong, Xamtay district has more than 15 waterfalls but they are not easily accessible.

“We are now hoping that investors will build facilities at the most outstanding visitor attractions but they will have to submit the necessary paperwork to the provincial and district authorities,” he added.

Xamtay officially became a district two decades ago and infrastructure is still limited because of the difficult terrain.

But hidden gems lie deep in the forest, and caves and waterfalls await discovery by intrepid adventurers.

Xamtay district is five to six hours by car from Xamneua district, the capital of Huaphan province. The road is paved and passes through some dramatic scenery, with tree-covered mountains and deep ravines.

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