28 January 2020

Champassak cancels entry fees at two tourist sites 

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- Champassak cancels entry fees at two tourist sites 
Visitors to Khonphapheng waterfall and the nearby Somphamit Waterfall Park in Khong district, Champassak province, can now enter these areas free of charge. The province’s administration office instructed the Ying Sokxay Company to end the sale of tickets to view the waterfall and enter Somphamit Waterfall Park beginning on January 23. The office authorised Khong district to
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