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Oudomxay: a province transformed

Many people may have forgotten the picture they had in their minds of Oudomxay province from visits they made years ago,

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Discover the charm of the Bolaven Plateau in the rainy season

If you have no idea where to travel in Laos in the rainy season, consider trekking up to Dan Yai and camping on the Bolaven Plateau to

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Pakxong – a fine place to chill out

People who are lucky enough to spend a few days on the Bolaven Plateau in southern Laos always want to return

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Lao journalists get firsthand experience of Zunyi city, China 

China and Laos have a longstanding and good relationship, but Lao people’s knowledge of China remains limited. Recently, Lao media representatives visited Guizhou province to explore this landlocked province of the Republic of China so they could share their experiences with people back home. 

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Counting the cost of travel

travelling around the provinces of Laos is one of life’s most rewarding pleasures which many people speak rapturously about.

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Tad Xai waterfall: the trek is what makes it special

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New cave discovery a must for adventure seekers

For Visit Laos-China Year 2019, Vientiane Times is publishing a series of feature articles and images promoting the two countries’ collaboration in tourism and hoping to inspire more people, especially from China, to experience the nature, culture, history and hospitality of Laos, the jewel of the Mekong.

If you like an adventure and are a nature lover, consider a visit to Phaka cave in Maed district, Vientiane province.

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Drone images give false portrayal of the Ngum river

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A waterfall with a difference

For Visit Laos-China Year 2019, Vientiane Times is publishing a series of feature articles and images promoting the two countries’ collaboration in tourism and hoping to inspire more people, especially from China, to experience the nature, culture, history and hospitality of Laos, the jewel of the Mekong.

Anyone with a yen to spend time at a waterfall that’s not too far from Vientiane should consider a visit to Tad Phakxoyvoy.

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Rural Vientiane hides a surprising temple

The Lao capital of Vientiane offers a wealth of fascinating attractions, some of which are quite small and

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Hadxaikhao waterfall: a sight not to be missed

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Nam Houm Reservoir, perfect place for a weekend escape

With economic development, Vientiane is rapidly expanding, and the associated traffic congestion and

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When in Vientiane, don’t forget to visit Namxuang reservoir

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Khammuan river resort offers rural idyll

For Visit Laos-China Year 2019, Vientiane Times is publishing a series of feature articles and images promoting the two countries’ collaboration in tourism and hoping to inspire more people, especially from China, to experience the nature, culture, history and hospitality of Laos, the jewel of the Mekong.

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Vangvieng Interpark, perfect place to unwind

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Pakbaeng - one night is not enough in this picturesque town

Pakbaeng is known as a boat station town because most folks get there by river and it sits midway between

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Korea - a modern country with magnificent culture

The Korea Foundation recently provided me an opportunity to visit South Korea and though I spent very little time there, I will never forget the people and their hospitality.
This was my first visit to Korea and my trip was fully funded by the Korea Foundation through the Asean Next Generation Leaders Visit Korea Programme.

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Exploring Laos is easy and fun

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Blue Lagoon III, a little known haven in Vangvieng

Vangvieng is hands down one of my favourite places to go to in all of Laos. The ethereal karst landscape provides a

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Xieng Khuang: a warm winter retreat for chilly foreigners

You’re not likely to see foreign visitors in Xieng Khuang province all year round, as in other parts of Laos,

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Lakeside dining in Xayaboury

If you’re heading to see the elephants in Xayaboury province, there’s something else you should add

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People, panda encounter in Chengdu full of mutual affection

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Go with the flow of the Mekong to Luang Prabang

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Bad road keeps tourists away from Meuangfeuang district

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Laos providing easy tourist access to Dien Bien Phu

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Savannakhet temple harbours ancient palm leaf treasures

For Visit Laos-China Year 2019, Vientiane Times is publishing a series of feature articles and images promoting the two countries’ collaboration in tourism and hoping to inspire more people, especially from China, to experience the nature, culture, history and hospitality of Laos, the jewel of the Mekong.

Hortai Pidok, a repository of ancient Buddhist scripts, is the country’s most important storehouse of palm leaf books written in ancient Lao, Burmese Pali, and Khmer.

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Phone Tours offer new glimpse of Luang Prabang

The town of Luang Prabang and its surrounds offer so many great things to see and do that many visitors

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Visitors to Vangvieng are welcome, their rubbish is not

For Visit Laos-China Year 2019, Vientiane Times is publishing a series of feature articles and images promoting the two countries’ collaboration in tourism and hoping to inspire more people, especially from China, to experience the nature, culture, history and hospitality of Laos, the jewel of the Mekong.

Walk south along the Xong River in Vangvieng district, Vientane province and you will be horrified by the amount of garbage discarded by people enjoying various activities on the river.

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Sa-oy Falls the place to beat the heat

For Visit Laos-China Year 2019, Vientiane Times is publishing a series of feature articles and images promoting the two countries’ collaboration in tourism and hoping to inspire more people, especially from China, to experience the nature, culture, history and hospitality of Laos, the jewel of the Mekong.

April is typically the hottest month in Laos, when the temperature is particularly high in large towns and this year is ranging from 38C to 42C every day. So what better way to seek relief than to head for a river or waterfall.

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Dansavanh, a perfect place to stay

Welcoming Visit Laos-China Year 2019, Vientiane Times is publishing a series of feature articles and images promoting the two countries’ collaboration in tourism and hoping to inspire more people, especially from China, to experience the nature, culture, history and hospitality of Laos, the jewel of the Mekong.

Dansavanh Nam Ngum Resort has earned the reputation as being a place that only the wealthy and most powerful people in Laos go to, an exclusive resort for the cashed up high rollers, beautiful people and their flashy cars. Over the years, however, the resort has gradually turned itself in to something more by adding additional amenities and

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Ways to enjoy Pi Mai Lao

Most people have made plans to celebrate Lao New Year (Pi Mai Lao) from April 14-16 when people throughout the country will visit temples, eat and drink with friends, and joyfully throw water over each other.
If you are lucky enough to be visiting Laos at this time of year but are unsure as to the best place to be, rest assured that Vientiane has many exciting activities lined up. 
Of course, temples play an integral part in Pi Mai Lao and tourists are welcome to take part in the various traditional festivities held at temples around the city.

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Ang Nam Tien reveals languid lake lifestyle and elephant conservation

Xayaboury has long held the distinction as having the largest number of elephants in Laos which

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Experience one of the longest ziplines at Somphamit Waterfall Park

Welcoming Visit Laos-China Year 2019, Vientiane Times is publishing a series of feature articles and images promoting the two countries’ collaboration in tourism and hoping to inspire more people, especially from China, to experience the nature, culture, history and hospitality of Laos, the jewel of the Mekong.

Si Phan Don or four thousand islands is a location in Laos that is well known among travellers around the world, and its attractions include Somphamit Waterfall Park, which has one of the longest and biggest waterfalls in Southeast Asia. 

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China’s cultural and natural heritage sites attract numerous visitors

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Delving into Savannakhet, a land steeped in history

Welcoming Visit Laos-China Year 2019, Vientiane Times is publishing a series of feature articles and images promoting the two countries’ collaboration in tourism and hoping to inspire more people, especially from China, to experience the nature, culture, history and hospitality of Laos, the jewel of the Mekong.

Personnel from the Vientiane Times, Lao National Radio, Lao National TV and the Lao News Agency (Kaosan Pathhet Lao) enjoyed an informative tour of Savannakhet last month, learning about the province’s most interesting attractions.

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Intrepid adventurer explores Laos by motorbike 

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Tad Lo waterfall is one of Laos’ finest

Welcoming Visit Laos-China Year 2019, Vientiane Times is publishing a series of feature articles and images promoting the two countries’ collaboration in tourism and hoping to inspire more people, especially from China, to experience the nature, culture, history and hospitality of Laos, the jewel of the Mekong.

There is little wonder that Ban Saenvang, colloquially known as Tad Lo in Saravan province, is fast earning the reputation as Laos’ jewel of the south considering the majesty of its three waterfalls, the beauty of its natural landscape, and proximity to colourful ethnic groups.

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Experience river life with a Mekong Kingdoms’ cruise

For those who seek a superior cruise experience that can be as spirited, laidback or personalised as their heart and soul desire, Mekong Kingdoms recently launched its luxurious Mekong River voyages on board Gypsy, an ultra-exclusive two-cabin river cruiser, between the ancient Laos capital of Luang Prabang and Thailand’s Golden Triangle.

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Icons dating back to 15th century lure visitors to Xieng Khuang

Welcoming Visit Laos-China Year 2019, Vientiane Times is publishing a series of feature articles and images promoting the two countries’ collaboration in tourism and hoping to inspire more people, especially from China, to experience the nature, culture, history and hospitality of Laos, the jewel of the Mekong.

If you’re visiting Xieng Khuang province in northeastern Laos, be sure to visit Vat Phiavat and That Foun and That Chomphet stupas in Khoun district.
These are the main cultural icons of Khoun district and the province. Khoun district is in the southwest of Xieng Khuang province. The temple and stupas are located in Siphom village, about 30 km from the provincial capital and Paek district.

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The village boy who became a community leader

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Revered Buddhist temple draws devotees to Oudomxay

Welcoming Visit Laos-China Year 2019, Vientiane Times is publishing a series of feature articles and images promoting the two countries’ cooperation in attracting more tourists, especially Chinese, to experience the nature, culture, history and hospitality of Laos, Jewel of the Mekong.

If you’re visiting Oudomxay province in the northwest of Laos, be sure to go to Vat Pha Chao Singkham temple in La district and pray before its sacred Buddha image.
The temple is the main cultural icon of La district and houses the Pha Chao Singkham Buddha image, which is considered to be sacred. .

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Pakxong strawberry farm has tasty treats in store

Pakxong district in Champassak is one of the few places in Laos that has a temperate climate. The relatively high altitude means the area is suitable for growing a wide range of crops that thrive in cooler weather.
Most of the crops cultivated are of superior quality and have a niche market, especially the coffee, which is arguably Laos’ most well-known export.

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Jinning, home to Confucius and now a tourist draw

Jinning - a legendary 7,000-year-old city in China - which was home to renowned thinkers Confucius and Mencius – is also abundant in natural beauty.

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Buddha Park gets a facelift for Laos-China tourism year

Since the government announced 2019 as Visit Laos-China Year, many businesses have taken steps to ensure they will

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Jeep jungle tour a highlight of Mystic Mountain stay

To some, driving a convertible sports car with the roof down is the height of excitement but it doesn’t really compare to what I experienced

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Vietnam: a dream holiday destination

Vietnam is a dream destination for many tourists because of the rich culture of its ethnic groups and its captivating historical sites.
Today, Vietnam not only attracts tourists from around the world but also from the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), including Laos.
Twenty Lao media personnel travelled to Vietnam earlier this month to visit tourist attractions in various provinces and learn about Vietnam’s heritage. 

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Cruising the Mekong in Pakbaeng; a must-do for visitors

If you’re ever in Pakbaeng district in Oudomxay province, be sure to take a cruise on the Mekong River as this is something really special.
Boat trips on the Mekong are increasingly popular with tourists and offer stunning views of both banks of the river, in addition to the many interesting activities available on land.

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Mystic Mountain trek reveals mysteries of Ho Chi Minh Trail

The second day of my stay at Mystic Mountain Coffee and Homestay in Pakxong district, Champassak province, involved a fascinating

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AirAsia reveals wonders of Malaysia to regional media

Many people dream of visiting Malaysia as it has many wonderful tourist sites. I had an opportunity to visit this beautiful country through the AirAsia Media Familiarisation Trip, which included a trip to the airline’s state-of-the-art headquarters called “RedQ”.

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Oudomxay:  Beautiful one day, perfect the next

Welcoming Visit Laos Year 2018, Vientiane Times is publishing a series of feature articles and images inviting you to experience the authentic nature,

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Magic day on Mystic Mountain Coffee sojourn

Mystic Mountain Coffee and Homestay is one of the best tourism spots in southern Laos and most probably the whole country providing visitors with adventure via a jungle Jeep tour, history and Laven ethnic group culture.

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Mystic Mountain Coffee and Homestay brews up perfect recipe for success

Mystic Mountain Coffee and Homestay is a relatively new community-based tourism venture that is prospering by attracting many visitors to Pakxong district, Champassak province in southern Laos.

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Borobudur, an inspirational temple in Yogyakarta

Exploring archaeological sites is the highlight of a trip to Yogjakarta, Indonesia, and should be at the top of every visitor’s itinerary.

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Ban Don, one of 4,000 islands: go there before it’s lost

Welcoming Visit Laos Year 2018, Vientiane Times is publishing a series of feature articles and images inviting you to experience the authentic nature,

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A hidden heaven in Pakxong

If you want a true taste of heaven in this world, it can be found in the south of Laos in Nongluang village among the hills of Pakxong district in Champassak province.
A day-and-night camp out organised by the local community will take you to earthly perfection at Lan Yai, atop the Bolaven plateau.

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Viengxay extends warm invitation for liberation command centre 50th anniversary celebrations

Scenic Viengxay district is rolling out the welcome mat for the thousands of visitors expected for celebrations from November 28-30 marking the 50th anniversary of the liberation forces command centre.

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West Lake, the must-visit attraction of Hangzhou

"A trip to Hangzhou city isn’t complete without visiting West Lake,” said Ms Bounleua Bounsong, a journalist from a Lao newspaper who

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Phadeng, a breathtaking viewpoint in Vangvieng

Standing at the top of a hill where your eyes can take in a panoramic view of Vangvieng and your nose and mouth can suck in lungfuls of fresh air is a truly wonderful experience, but you will first have to make a strenuous one-hour climb.

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Xieng Khuang’s old Buddha endures scars of war to entice visitors

Welcoming Visit Laos Year 2018, Vientiane Times is publishing a series of feature articles and images inviting you to experience the authentic nature, culture, history and hospitality of Laos, Jewel of the Mekong.

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Two days of paradise by the Lik River

When the rainy season ends, river levels drop and once again there’s space for people to enjoy a picnic by the water’s edge, have a drink and maybe cook up the catch of the day.
Rivers in Laos are abundant and essential water sources, so people tend to live close to rivers even if they are far from a town and have no shopping mall or supermarket. But such amenities are unnecessary because people don’t need them as nature provides for all their needs.

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Experience Laos’ simple beauty through ecotourism

Laos is offering several packages that allow visitors to sample the lifestyle of ethnic groups living in mountains and forests as a part of efforts to promote ecotourism.
The country has focused on ecotourism since 2009 and, as a result of developments in this sector, villagers are earning more income from tourists by selling food and homemade products, and by providing services such as homestays, which enable visitors to experience the local lifestyle firsthand.
Deep in the jungle, from Laos’ northern to southern provinces, travellers can experience peace and excitement in equal measure while helping local people benefit from forest conservation.

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Inthira proves a fine perch for views over verdant Vangvieng

Standing on a private balcony of a unique cosy hotel room facing the Nam Xong River in the early morning I admire fog over the adjacent mountains and inhale the refreshing aroma of nature. Feeling the fresh air touch my face and the sound of early morning birds and a small motorboat approaching, the moment grabs my mind to be in the here and now.    Vangvieng is well-known with visitors for its stunning natural beauty; however, staying in unique and comfortable accommodation can make the visit even more relaxing and memorable. ... More >>>

Travelling in wonderland - Visit Laos 2018 from another perspective

Laos is a dream for many travelers from Western countries. In some reports it has already been called a “wonderland”. And for the first time - coming from Berlin, Chicago, Seoul or Sydney - to embark on a tour, it may seem like that from the outset. Even in busy neighbouring countries like Thailand or Vietnam you do not easily get that feeling.
Why is that? Laos has only a fraction of the population of these countries and, geographically speaking, people live in a very decentralised way. And modern history has often passed the country by in recent decades. For example, traditions are still prevalent in Laos that have mostly been superseded elsewhere by the advent of modern ... More >>>

Bali - a paradise for tourists, a jewel of Indonesian archipelago

Bali an island, located in the eastern part of Indonesia, is a popular tourist destination that attracts people from around the world because of the sheer beauty of its sandy beaches, coral reefs, exotic temples set against natural backdrops and lively nightspots. 
This writer recently had the chance to visit to Bali, the jewel of Indonesia, for the first time and found it to be a place where nature, the sea and stunning architecture come together in a charming and impressive manner. I travelled to the island as one of the participants of a “Familiarization Trip” organized during August 16-23 by the Embassy of Indonesia in Laos.

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Cliffview Bungalows: offering tranquility in Vangvieng

Welcoming Visit Laos Year 2018, Vientiane Times is publishing a series of feature articles and images
inviting you to experience the authentic nature, culture, history and hospitality of Laos, Jewel of the Mekong.

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Vangvieng, a place for all seasons

I don’t know how many times I’ve visited Vangvieng but I know it’s at least three times a year because it’s one of my favourite places and just three hours by car from Vientiane.
A visit there always gives me new challenges and opens up new doors, so that I yearn to return even before my stay has ended.

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Beautiful South Korea – one visit is not enough!

If you are planning to visit iconic sites and learn about the culture of the Republic of Korea, its history and former presidents, as well as sample the local food, there are plenty of places where you can indulge your every wish.

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The many attractions of Udon Thani

Hundreds of people from Vientiane visit Udon Thani province of Thailand every day, and a majority of them travel there to shop or to seek medical treatment.
Officials at the first Lao-Thai friendship bridge are always busy, catering to the numerous Lao and Thai nationals using the passage. Thai people usually travel to Laos for tourism, and they visit Vientiane and famous tourist sites such as Vangvieng.

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Chilling out lakeside a cool surprise at capital’s new urban centre
Welcoming Visit Laos Year 2018, Vientiane Times is publishing a series of feature articles and images inviting you to experience the authentic nature, culture, history and hospitality of Laos, Jewel of the Mekong.

In most large cities, many people usually look for getaways that can help them escape the pressures and stresses of daily life.
Vientiane, the capital of Laos, has a lot of interesting places to visit, including renowned spots such as Patuxay or the Victory Gate, That Luang Stupa and Hor Phra Keo (the emerald Buddha Hall).

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Good weather, Plain of Jars among top attractions in Xieng Khuang
Welcoming Visit Laos Year 2018, Vientiane Times is publishing a series of feature articles and images inviting you to experience the authentic nature, culture, history and hospitality of Laos, Jewel of the Mekong.

Xieng Khuang province was once known to some as the land of unexploded ordnance because of the prevalence of cluster bombs dropped by US warplanes during the Indochina War of 1964-1973. 
The ethnically diverse province is now emerging as a favourite destination for domestic and foreign tourists. 

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Thakhaek, a town firmly rooted in history

The French were forced out of Indochina during the 1950s but their legacy remains, with the most notable feature being the old buildings that bear their architectural stamp.
In the late 19th century, the French began to colonise Indochina and by the early 20th century they controlled vast areas of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

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Boat trip offers new challenges in the rainy season

After many weeks of rain, there’s been so much flooding in Laos that it’s hard to travel anywhere unimpeded.
This year, widespread flooding has caused problems throughout the country and thousands of people have lost their belongings and farmland, while several dozen have died.
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Reporters take a speedboat ride, but not for pleasure

Normally, a ride in a speedboat would be an attractive proposition, but that was not the case last month when 11 journalists needed to get from one town to another in flood-hit Attapeu province.

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Modern Singapore, a dream destination for travellers

Being a land-locked nation, it’s no surprise that many Lao folk are tempted by the allure of holidaying in a seaside destination such as neighbouring Vietnam or Thailand with the latter often preferred for its perceived quality of shopping.

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A one-day trip to Vientiane province makes for a great escape

For those looking for a short break not too far away from Vientiane, there are plenty of options; one suggestion is to visit Phabathphoukhaokhuay temple and the nearby Nam Ngum dam, where you can buy locally made handicrafts, go cruising, and take a swim.

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