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Emerging Hotspots in Indochina – Laos

February 23, 2015 by Khiri Travel | Filed Under: , , ,

Here are three relatively unknown provinces of Laos worth exploring. This Indochina hotspot is hiding some highlights that reveal rich culture, history and beautiful landscapes. Laos is ready and waiting to host either first time or repeat visitors.

Xaysomboun

This year, 2015, is “Visit Xaysomboun Year,” a move to publicize the relatively unknown province of northern Laos that was, until last year, off limits and isolated as a military special zone. Some of the best things to do in Xaysomboun include the cave of King Anouvong, the Plain of Jars in Phonesavanh and Phou Bia, the highest mountain in Laos with its soaring height often shrouded in mist. There is also the former Long Tien Airbase, built by the CIA to train Hmong pilots during the American war in Vietnam. Khiri Travel visited this area in 2014 and is very excited about this new travel destination in Laos.

Attapeu

Attapeu, Laos’ southern most province is getting a 46 million dollar makeover in the form of a new gateway airport planned to open in 2015. The airport, in a bid to attract visitors and investors to the region, will be able to accommodate short haul regional aircraft. Bordering Vietnam and Cambodia, things to see in Attapeu include the 16th century Saysetthatthirath Pagoda, waterfalls on the Xepain River and the beautiful and unique Attapeu pottery vases used to store rice wine. This location, about 200 km southeast of Pakse, will also allow more travel connections to neighboring countries of Indochina and within Laos.

Xaignabouri

Xaignabouri, another relatively undiscovered province, is open for business and changing fast. With a new road link connecting this area with Loei, a winemaking region in northeast Thailand, there are new travel options between Laos and Thailand. There is also a new way to travel overland between Vientiane and Luang Prabang through Xaignabouri; a very interesting alternative route for travelers wanting to skip overcrowded Vang Vieng. Xaignabouri is host to a yearly elephant festival in mid-February.

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