SOCIETY: Luang Namtha Culture Park anticipated in 2021

Luang Namtha provincial authorities have given the green light to a local company to develop a 30 hectare Culture Park in Pae village, Luang Namtha district that is set to be completed in 2021.

The project is valued more than 129.2 billion kip (US$ 15.3 million) and funded by local company, head of tourism section under Luang Namtha provincial Information, Culture and Tourism Department, Mr Somsavath Namintha told Vientiane Times yesterday.

Culture Park development was operating last year and was expected to be complete in 2021.

It aimed to boost tourism development in the province and generate income to local residents for poverty prevention and eradication in the province, according to tourism section.

The Culture Park proposal has all four zones such activity zone, business and conference zone, residence zone, and organic zone.

The province has planned to build four highlighted landmarks, a public park, a children’s park, model dwellings of 17 ethnic groups, a fitness centre, market street, main halls, hotels, restaurants, health centre, trade centre, water park, swimming pool and others.

The province’s 17 ethnic groups include Akha, Mong, Kalorm, Khamou, Laentaen, Lao-noy, Phounoy, Tai Daeng, Tai Dam, Tai Khao, and Tai Ly.

Mr Somsavath said the province authorised a Chinese company to undertake a feasibility study on Kaolao cave development in Viengphoukha district and expected to commence service next year.

Kaolao cave development plan includes building restaurants, hotels, facilities such as lighting and improved secure footing in the cave.

He also introduced about tourism programme in the province named “Luang Namtha Valley Route” by rent a bicycle or motorbike from the guesthouse and head out on the Luang Namtha Valley Route.

Tourists can enjoy the provincial museum, Luang Namtha stupa and Samakkhy temple and  Poumpouk stupa.
It is possible to experience the lifestyle of the Tai Daeng ethnic group at Nam Ngaen village and that of the of Yuan ethnic group at Phieng Ngam village as well as night market.

According to the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Borikhamxay province has 123 officially designated tourist attractions including 53 natural sites, 56 cultural sites and 14 historic sites.

The province has eight hotels with 458 rooms along with 99 guesthouses and resorts with 1,661 rooms. The region recorded 113,235 visitors last year down from 130,575 in 2016.

By Viengdavanh Banphahaksa   (Latest Update June 30, 2018

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