Luang Prabang, a tourist destination town, has earmarked US$10 million for the improvement of 20 priority tourist sites, which is now taking place in the two districts of Pak Ou and Chomphet.
Deputy Director of the Luang Prabang Information, Culture and Tourism Department, Mrs Soudaphone Khomthavong said that there are 228 tourist sites in Luang Prabang Province, of which 108 are ecotourism sites, 86 are cultural sites and 34 are historical tourist sites.
The 20 tourist sites that will be improved are main tourist destinations including the Kuang Si waterfall, Xiengthong temple, Chan village, Xanghai village, Chomphet temple, Tham Ting cave, the national museum, That Phousi and the Tad Sae waterfall.
“The objective of this project is to create more facilities and improve services inside the tourist sites,” she said.
The improvement funds are being financed by the Asian Development Bank and work is expected to be complete by 2019.
The funds will be used to improve access roads, install electricity, construct a port, and renovate temples, among others.
Last year, over 600,000 tourists visited Luang Prabang Province and generated income of over US$189 million.