Houaphanh to Develop Lid Rapids as Tourist Site

Houaphanh to Develop Lid Rapids as Tourist Site

Bernie Rosenbloom

Houaphanh signed an MOU with a Lao company on Friday, 1 June, to develop Lid Rapids on the Nam Et River as a tourist attraction, while adding to the province’s other popular sites including “Cave City”.

Deputy Director of the provincial Information, Culture and Tourism Department, Mr Phouvanh Phetmixay, told the Vientiane Times that the rapids in Nakham village had great potential for use by tourists.

The Houaphanh Provincial Authority granted the concession to a Lao company to develop the area and build facilities such as an upgraded road, restaurant, resort, guesthouse, and meeting room for special guests. Authorities will build a bridge and huts on the riverbank, as well as a viewpoint, Mr Phouvanh said.

The concession, located about 4 km from the Add District centre, runs for 30 years and the project cost is about 8.3 billion kip (US$1 million). Work on the project will begin this year, according to the provincial Information, Culture and Tourism Department.

Besides the rapids, Houaphanh has several attractions, including Nam Nern Night Safari, Hintang archaeological site, Cave City, Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area, Pha Thee Hill, Hiem and Nam Meuang hot springs, Tham Hang cave, and the Saleuy, Tad Kone, Tad Loun and Phavang waterfalls.

Visitors to the province can enjoy local dishes such as jeo pa bam (fish with chilli sauce), chicken soup, and phan seen (seasoned pork wrapped in pomelo leaves).

Source: AEC News Today

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