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Lao Eco-Tourism Forum II: New Tourism Products

( Visiting an international travel show, is nothing for the heart-fainted. Sellers meet buyers and sellers try to decorate their booths accordingly. Buyers sometime break appointments or don’t appear at all. The question is if the investment will be justified to spend the money to attract new businesses. During the Lao Eco-Tourism Forum at the Don Chan Palace Hotel in Vientiane on July 26-29, some promising and courageous entrepreneurs - worth mentioning - were offering the following new and amazing tourism products, which showcase the natural and cultural heritage of Laos:

• Attapeu Palace is the first choice when travelling in the outmost southern part of Laos, where heaven meets earth. Nature, culture and history a-wait you. E-mail to href="">
• Don Chan Palace Hotel is by far the most luxurious hotel in Vientiane right on an island in the Mekong River. There are 230 spacious rooms and suites, a heated swimming pool and a gym. Go to
• Easy Trip in Houayxai, Bokeo Province, offers a visit to the ruins of Souvannakhomkham, an ancient city in Northern Laos dating back more than 500 years ago. Go to
• Green Park Boutique Hotel Vientiane aims to offer a high standard of accommodation next to the Nong Chanh Green Park within walking distance to the Morning Market. Some 34 rooms and suites are viewing to the outdoor swimming pool with Jacuzzi and come with the Champa Lao Spa. Go to
• Khiri Travel Thailand is rapidly expanding in Laos and offers specialised tours including tours to Vietnam and Cambodia. Go to
• Khonephapheng Resort&Golf Club offers 40 wooden bungalows only a stone-throw from the thundering Khone Phapheng Falls, a natural barrier in the Mekong River. The standard 9-holes golf course is still under construction. Go to
• Kingfisher Eco-Lodge is a nature retreat in Champasak Province doing elephant rides to Phou Asa archaeological site. Go to
• Lao Air is an air charter operation company since 2002. The Office is in Asiane Road, Ban Akat, Wattay Airport in Vientiane, Lao P.D.R. Tel: 856-21-512027, 242896. The Managing Director is Mr. Bounma Chanthavongsa. Travel with Lao Air to: Sam Neua (Monday and Saturday): 1.133.000Kip (roundtrip), Phongsaly (Monday and Saturday): 1.373.000Kip (roundtrip), and Sayaboury (Tuesday and Friday): 893.000Kip (roundtrip). Go to
• Lao Hotel and Restaurant Association (LHRA) is under care of Mr. Gerd Schwarz, German Development Service (DED). Go to or e-mail to href="">
• Lao Spirit Resort is located 15km from Luang Prabang at the Nam Khan River and offers unique elephant rides and hiking to the nearby Tad Sae Waterfall. E-mail to href="">
• Lao Youth Travel based in Vientiane offers trekking in Muang Ngoi and kayaking along the Nam Ou River. The company has branch offices in Luang Prabang, Pakse and Xieng Khouang, and is offering tailored-made tours and friendly services. Go to
• Phou Ang Kham Hotel in Vang Vieng, Vientiane Province, is located along Route N13 to Luang Prabang with a view of the stunning limestone-mountains along the Nam Song River and away from the crowds. The Elephant Crossing Resort is right at the river and for the upper-end market.
• Tad Fane Resort in boutique style and overlooking the Tad Fane Waterfalls in Southern Laos offers 14 comfortable rooms and is an ideal starting point to explore Pakse and the vast unspoilt Boloven Plateau. Go to
• Traditional Arts&Ethnology Centre Luang Prabang is a museum about the ethnic cultures of Laos and exhibits clothing, household objects, religious artefacts and handicrafts, with some information in English. Also, you learn about tribal lifestyles, beliefs, and traditions. Open every day except Mondays. Entry ticket for 20.000Kip. The location is on the foot of Phousi Hill, behind the old Dala Market. Go to
• Udomxay Travel offers a tour from Chiang Mai in Thailand to Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam for 310USD per pax in a group of 5-10 persons (7days/6 nights). The itinerary includes a night in Chiang Mai, Ban Huayxai (2), Udomxay (2), and Chiang Rai. It uses the newly-opened international border checkpoint of Sobhoun-Taichang between Laos and Vietnam. For other interesting tours in the heart of Northern Laos go to
• Vansana Plain of Jars Hotel is conveniently located on the top of a hill in Phonsavanh and offers some 36 guestrooms and suites. Closer to town is the new recommended Duangkeomany Hotel&Restaurant.
The author’s participation at the Lao Eco-Tourism Forum was made possible through the sponsorship of the Lao National Tourism Administration (LNTA) and Lao Airlines.

For further information, please contact GMS Media Travel Consultant Reinhard Hohler, Chiang Mai, by e-mail:

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