Source: Vientiane Times
Luang Prabang province recorded more than 273,000 visitors in the first three months of this year, generating more than US$157 million in revenue, according to the province’s Information, Culture and Tourism Department.
Of this number, almost 240,000 were foreign nationals and more than 41,000 were Lao.
In comparison, over the first 10 months of last year a total of 335,794 Lao and foreign tourists spent time in Luang Prabang, indicating the surge in visitor numbers this year.
Since the opening of the Laos-China Railway in December 2021, many more people have flocked to Luang Prabang province, especially during this year’s Lao New Year festival, when activities took place on a grander scale than previously, running over 10 days from April 11-20.
Almost every hotel in the provincial capital was fully booked from April 13-16, with most visitors being Lao, according to Luang Prabang provincial officials.
To attract more visitors, provincial authorities are building more tourist-related facilities while tourism operators have refurbished or upgraded several popular tourist attractions and the services provided by hospitality staff have been improved.
Luang Prabang is one of the most well-known provinces in Laos and is a top tourist draw because of its old temples, colourful festivals, and scenic beauty.
In January this year, Luang Prabang province received 12 Asean Tourism Standard awards, following an assessment of compliance with Asean tourism standards.
Luang Prabang city’s old quarter was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1995 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), which determined that its architecture was culturally significant and worthy of protection by the United Nations.
Other popular attractions in and around the provincial capital include the Phu Si stupa, Xieng Thong temple, Sae waterfall, Kuangxi waterfall, and the night market.