Inthira proves a fine perch for views over verdant 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.

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.

Inthira hotel at night.             --Photos Inthira Vangvieng

Inthira hotel, one of the best in Vangvieng, is a medium-sized establishment with a welcoming and unique design. It has 38 rooms which include deluxe and premier rooms as well as suites. Each room is designed to be private but wide open to the natural view. All rooms face the Nam Xong River with private balconies. 
The interior design gives a feeling of simple elegance but is exclusive and comfortable with the best conveniences the owner has carefully selected for the relaxation of guests.
In the evening with the glow of the setting sun, is the best time to join friends or family and enjoy the Nam Xong views up close from the large open yard with soft cosy designer chairs. Next to that is the open riverside bar and restaurant where guests can enjoy an evening meal and drinks as light reflects off the Nam Xong. A swimming pool is also just next to the restaurant.
In addition, Inthira provides a meeting room that can accommodate up to 50 guests for seminars, conferences and workshops.
Inthira Vangvieng hotel owner, Mr Inthy Deuansavan said, “What we want to present is the natural beauty of Vangvieng. Which includes the stone karst mountains, river and local lifestyle. We want to make sure that visitors can enjoy nature here while relaxing in comfortable accommodation.” 
“Service is one thing that we really focus on. I always tell our staff to provide the best service with warmth and make guests feel at home,” he said. 
Mr Inthy said that while tourism could have positive and negative impacts, having a good plan ensured that the pluses outweighed the minuses.
“I think the selling point of Vangvieng is its natural beauty. Most importantly, we have to work together to preserve its originality as much as possible. We might improve accessibility to make it more comfortable for visitors but we should not change its original beauty. We should understand that visitors come to Vangvieng because they want to see rivers, mountains and green nature.”
“On the development front if we don’t plan things properly we might destroy the unique selling point of the place.” 
“Actually, it is the responsibility of everyone including the private sector and government. We need to work together and cooperate to preserve this as a tourist site for our future generations”
Vangvieng used to be known as a teen and backpacker-on-a-budget party town.
Since government action a few years ago, Vangvieng has become a more relaxed place prompting unique and luxury hotels and resorts to be built to meet the demand of new visitors. 
Vangvieng is a small town surrounding by beautiful mountains, with many streams and rivers, the main one being the Nam Xong. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of natural activities in and around the town.
As Vangvieng is not too far from Vientiane, I have visited many times and still get excited and enjoy its beautiful view. However, I like visiting in the low season because there are fewer tourists and Vangvieng is more laidback and charming with its rice fields, green mountains, rivers and authentic local lifestyles.  
In more recent times, growing numbers of Asian tourists have been lured by Vangvieng’s charms, especially from Korea, China and Thailand.

By Keoxomphou Sakdavong
(Latest Update October 20, 2018)

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