Source: Vientiane Times
Xaysomboun province is drawing up an agreement for the construction of tourism facilities on Phou Bia Mountain, after a feasibility study on the project was completed last year.
A senior official from the province’s Information, Culture and Tourism Department, Mr Tongsavath Phosalard, told Vientiane Times the development would take place in Phou Hua Xang village, Anouvong district.
The developers expect to spend more than US$47 million to create tourism activities alongside environmental conservation measures undertaken by the Khamphay Sana Group.
Hiking trails will be built, along with a zipline. Visitors will be able to enjoy climbing, cycling, camping, homestays, a cable car, and an amusement park. A five-star hotel is also planned.
The project aims to develop tourism in the region to international standards along with environmental protection and rural development. It is projected to become a major tourist attraction in the region, drawing visitors from across the country and from overseas. It will also create jobs for local people.
The project will be key in bringing more visitors to undeveloped Xaysomboun province, with its majestic scenery providing the backdrop to this ambitious scheme.
Phou Bia is the highest mountain in Laos and the area around it is rich in natural resources, but the living standards of most local residents are low. Xaysomboun province is mountainous and is situated between Vientiane and Xiang Khuang provinces.