Vat Phou Festival Expects to Attract over 500,000 Tourists

(KPL) Vat Phou Festival 2017, which is scheduled on February 8-11 in Champassak district and Province, is expected to attract over 500,000 local and overseas tourists this year.

The festival will feature various activities including a market fair, traditional music and dance performances of Lao tribes, sporting competitions, and the sale of various handicraft products, foods and drinks.

Deputy Director of the Provincial Information, Culture and Tourist Department, Ms Mala Chanthalane, told KPL News on January 31 that the festival is held every year in February and takes place at Vat Phou Champassak.

The aim of the event focuses on the conservation and promotion of national culture and old lifestyles.

The sale and consumption of grilled chicken and Kaolam sticky rice, which is served in a bamboo tube, is another especially popular activity during the festival, said Ms Mala.

The official opening ceremony will take place on February 9 with parades coming from different districts. They will feature entertainers and performances unique to each group and provide attendees with the opportunity to learn about unique aspects of each different group.

Ms Mala said that she expects the number of tourists attending the festival this year to increase from last year to around 600,000 to 700,000.

In addition, Champassak Province also has many natural attractions such as the Khonphapheng waterfall, the Tad Yieng waterfall, the Tad Pha Suam waterfall, the Manikhod tree, Four Thousand Islands, coffee gardens and ethnic villages.

Source: Lao News Agency