Luang Prabang City: A multitude of local and international visitors have flocked to see and experience the many interesting activities on show via Luang Prabang Ngam Thae Oh (Oh Luang Prabang, You’re Simply Beautiful) events being held in the World Heritage City.
The events held from July 4-7 aim to promote the tourism powerhouse in conjunction with the Visit Laos Year 2018 campaign nationwide.
The event is not only to push Luang Prabang as a timeless destination but also to encourage all people to preserve its beautiful and unique heritage, Luang Prabang provincial governor, Mr Khankham Chanthavisouk said. Such efforts are in line with the policy of the province which considers tourism as the priority in its socio-economic development, he said.
The Luang Prabang Ngam Thae Oh is one of main activities of Luang Prabang province in celebrating Visit Laos Year 2018, the governor said.
“This event showcases our unique local culture including the display and demonstration of handicrafts, sculpture, local food, ODOP products and traditional performances.”
Visitors also enjoyed Khub Thoum Luang Prabang (traditional song), along with time honoured storytelling and local musical instrument performances.
Also, there was a meeting between international bloggers and travel media with the private sector of Luang Prabang province, and also a familiarisation trip to Nambak and Ngoi districts to share some of the hidden secrets of Luang Prabang with interested audiences abroad.
Luang Prabang province boasts beautiful natural sites including caves, Tad Sae and Kuangxi waterfalls, Phousy Hill as well as historical and cultural sites including the national museum (royal palace museum) and numerous ancient temples including the famed Xiengthong.
Moreover, visitors can enjoy local delicacies including Or Lam (meat mix with eggplant, vegetables and dried cattle skin), Jaew Bong (a sauce made with hot chillies and buffalo skin) as well as Khaipan (dried riverweed lightly fried with sesame seeds and garlic).
Unique souvenirs of the province can also be purchased such as a handmade of mankieng basket which is used for offerings to monks or for home decor. Luang Prabang was officially declared a city in April this year.
The old town was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. The province is located in northern Laos about 339 km from the capital and can be accessed via car, plane and riverboat.
The province suffers no shortage of attractions with 228 registered tourist sites, a number that includes 108 natural attractions, 86 cultural sites and 34 locations of historical interest.
It also has registered some 53 hotels, 260 resorts and guesthouse, 290 restaurants and 19 entertainment venues.
More than 655,000 tourists from at home and abroad visited the province last year, according to the official report from the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism. By Siladda Souliyong
(Latest Update July 5, 2018
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