Tourism in Laos

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Tourism is the fastest growing industry in Laos. It is governed by a ministry-level government agency, the Lao National Tourism Administration, located in Vientiane.

Statistics[edit]

Annual statistics[edit]

Year Tourism Arrivals changes references
2015 4,684,429 Increase 12.64% [1]
2014 4,158,719 Increase 10.03% [2]
2013 3,779,490 Increase 13.49% [3]
2012 3,330,072 Increase 22.26% [4]
2011 2,723,564 Increase 8.37%
2010 2,513,028 Increase 25.12
2009 2,008,363 no data

Ranking of International Visitor arrivals in Laos[edit]

  • Reference:[5]
Rank country 2015 2014 2013 [6] 2012 [4] 2011 2010 2009
*  ASEAN 3,588,538 3,224,080 3,041,233 2,712,478 2,191,224 1,990,932 1,611,009
1  Thailand* 2,321,352 2,043,761 2,059,434 1,937,612 1,579,941 1,517,064 1,274,064
2  Vietnam* 1,187,954 1,108,332 910,164 705,596 561,586 431,011 296,763
3  China 511,436 422,440 245,033 199,857 150,791 161,854 128,226
4  South Korea 165,328 96,085 81,799 53,829 34,707 27,312 17,876
5  United States 63,058 61,460 61,608 53,380 50,092 49,782 39,339
6  France 55,151 52,146 52,411 46,903 44,399 44,844 31,775
7  Japan 43,826 44,877 48,644 42,026 37,883 34,076 28,081
8  United Kingdom 41,508 39,061 41,741 35,964 35,622 37,272 27,044
9  Australia 34,665 44,964 35,441 33,878 31,874 30,538 24,209
10  Germany 31,897 29,800 29,250 23,417 21,280 22,583 17,710

* Country in ASEAN

Tourist attractions[edit]

Vientiane[edit]

Luang Prabang[edit]

Xieng Khouang- The Plain of Jars[edit]

Xiengkhouang Province is home to Plain of Jars and part of Laos Northern Heritage Route (together with Luang Prabang, Houapan and Sayabouri). With its pine forests and much cooler climate it the plateau is different from other regions in Laos or South East Asia. The Jars are Iron Age cemetery sites with a beautiful minimalistic aesthetics that due to their ubiquitousness could also be considered land art. More recently the province took most of the burden of the so-called Secret War. Many of the sites can be visited.

The province can be explored individually by motorbike or by booking one of many tours on offer in Vientiane, Luang Prabang or Vang Vieng. Standard tours visit the major jar sites and the once magnificent capital of Muang Khoun. There are also much more interesting ecotourism and culture tours that have been developed together with UNESCO, Helvetas or DED such as a two-day trek to the remote Hmong village Ban Phakeo or a one-day trek to Ban Napia and Ban Namka to learn about sustainable energy and the making of “War Spoons” from UXO war scrap. Refer to Phonsavan for detailed information about what to do and how to get there.

  • Plain of Jars
  • Phonsavan Main article for history, attractions, activities and natural sites in Xiengkhouang Province

Champasak[edit]

Vang Vieng[edit]

Ecotourism[edit]

In many Lao provinces you can get off the beaten track and book package tours from local agencies or the tourism offices. You can experience the real village life or do elephant trekking among other things. The best places for trekking are Luang Namtha and Phongsaly. For a combination of history and village culture go trekking around Phonsavan.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Visitor Statistics, 2009–2015" (PDF). mekongtourism.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 October 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "Lao has a record 2014". Retrieved 17 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Lao PDR tourism up 13%". Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Overlanders boost Lao travel". Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Visitor Statistics, 2009–2015" (PDF). mekongtourism.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 October 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "Lao PDR tourism up 13%". Retrieved 11 June 2015. 

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