South Laos mulls tourism plan


SALAVAN, 30 September 2015: The four southernmost provinces have drafted a plan to develop and link tourist sites beginning in 2016.

Lao News Agency reported the authorities of Salavan, Champassak, Xekong and Attapeu met at the 8th meeting in Salavan province, late last week, to discuss a joint plan to develop tourist sites in the southern provinces of Laos and link tourist sites via practical routes that travel companies could adopt for their clients.

It is long-term plan covers 10 years up to 2025.

The tourist site-linking plan would require input from the country’s travel companies that sell packages to overseas tourists. Without their feedback the routes may not fit market conditions, or time-constraints, as most tourists spend around 14-days touring the Mekong Region countries.

inside no 3There were no hints from participants, or announcements at the close of the meetings, on how the routes would link with neighboring countries.

Salavan province has identified the following attractions: Keng San rapids in Thongkham village; Keng Seuten rapids in Thongsay village, Saravan district; Tadsong area in Saneun village; Vat Pa area of Lao Ngam district; Hintood area in Nongpheung village; and Tad Saesong in Sim village of Vapy district.

Of the four southern provinces, only Champassak and Attapeu have airports designated for international travel.


  1. We did (and redid) extensive surveys of the region and there are quite a few things we could use in selling Southern Laos to Western quality tourists. Your listing of sites misses out Tad Katamtok, the gardens in Attapeu, the rocket in Paam, Nong Fa Lake or Nongphatom Lake in Sanxay etc. etc.
    The airport of Attapeu, recently a new one opened, features zero flights for the last 15 years and one wonders why this airport got built in the first place if not for paying the Vietnamese in endless timber log convoys.
    This results in taking the customers either to Pleiku in Vietnam (nothing to do there except taking a flight once that airport reopens again) or through the jungle to Cambodia’s Rattanakiri.
    Road 18 linking Attapeu to KM16 of Road 13, a mere 116 kilometres, is in complete disarray and not manageable with even a 4WD in dry season yet would allow a roundtrip through the Bolaven plateau and adding either Wat Phou or the Khonphapeng waterfalls at Sipandon.
    But it would take experts sitting in meetings like yours in Salavane planning tourism products which cannot be done without asking those who organise and/or sell tours to sustainable quality tourists. We write/update tour guides and bring people to Phongsaly and Houa Phanh because these provinces listen to us.
    Just a thought – best wishes
    Ladda Sukkon, Exec. Secretary to one of SEA’s biggest inbound tour operators

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