Tourism in Laos: Touring the Bokeo Wilds

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bokeo mapThe remote Bokeo Province of Laos might soon become a familiar destination for international adventure seekers, thanks to a new bridge being built across the Mekong River between Thailand and Bokeo. Though Thais have been visiting Bokeo en masse for a long time, the region has been so difficult to access that it has never attracted many visitors from afar. But with the new bridge linking the region to major Thai cities via well-maintained roads, the number of annual tourists is expected to instantly double.

Scenic communities throughout Bokeo are busy preparing for new visitors. Provincial Information, Culture and Tourism Department Director, Somephone Keomany, told the Vientiane Times on July 29 that construction is underway on a 200-room resort close to the bridge, and that several other large resort projects are anticipated.

The attraction of Bokeo is its rare exotic beauty. It is the smallest and least populous of the country’s provinces, and is positively teeming with elephants, tigers, gibbons, and all manner of unusual and endangered tropical species. The Province is mostly a large rainforest woven together with rivers and waterfalls and dotted with ancient, spectacular temples.

The region, and the country as a whole, are already experiencing a sharp rise in tourism. In 2012, around 300,000 people visited Bokeo. In the first six months of 2013, the region hosted around 200,000. Likewise, in 2011 2.7 million tourists visited Laos. In 2012, this number jumped to 3.4 million. The government is shooting for 3.7 million tourists by 2015, which would generate about $500 million in revenue.

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The remote Bokeo Province of Laos might soon become a familiar destination for international adventure seekers, thanks to a new bridge being built across the Mekong River between Thailand and Bokeo. Though Thais have been visiting Bokeo en masse for a long time, the region has been so difficult to access that it has never attracted many visitors from afar. But with the new bridge linking the region to major Thai cities via well-maintained roads, the number of annual tourists is expected to instantly double.

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bokeo mapThe remote Bokeo Province of Laos might soon become a familiar destination for international adventure seekers, thanks to a new bridge being built across the Mekong River between Thailand and Bokeo. Though Thais have been visiting Bokeo en masse for a long time, the region has been so difficult to access that it has never attracted many visitors from afar. But with the new bridge linking the region to major Thai cities via well-maintained roads, the number of annual tourists is expected to instantly double.

Scenic communities throughout Bokeo are busy preparing for new visitors. Provincial Information, Culture and Tourism Department Director, Somephone Keomany, told the Vientiane Times on July 29 that construction is underway on a 200-room resort close to the bridge, and that several other large resort projects are anticipated.

The attraction of Bokeo is its rare exotic beauty. It is the smallest and least populous of the country’s provinces, and is positively teeming with elephants, tigers, gibbons, and all manner of unusual and endangered tropical species. The Province is mostly a large rainforest woven together with rivers and waterfalls and dotted with ancient, spectacular temples.

The region, and the country as a whole, are already experiencing a sharp rise in tourism. In 2012, around 300,000 people visited Bokeo. In the first six months of 2013, the region hosted around 200,000. Likewise, in 2011 2.7 million tourists visited Laos. In 2012, this number jumped to 3.4 million. The government is shooting for 3.7 million tourists by 2015, which would generate about $500 million in revenue.

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