Xieng Khouang Airport Gets Russian-funded Upgrade

Xieng Khouang Airport

Xieng Khouang Province has renovated its airport in order to provide a smoother service for tourists who visit the Plain of Jars UNESCO World Heritage site.

Funded by Russia, renovations include the installation of an electronic scanner and lights on the runway, improving the radar hall and the passenger building.

Apart from that, local authorities are currently improving roads and traffic lights within the downtown of Paek district, which is slated for completion by the end of the year.

Such a move came after the Plain of Jars in the province was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in July.

The Plain of Jars, located on a plateau in northern Laos, is named for the more than 2,100 tubular-shaped megalithic stone jars that are believed to have been used for funerary practices in the Iron Age.

The authorities are keen to promote the site and attract more domestic and foreign tourists.

To that end, the province will organize three events: The National Games, a celebration for the Plain of Jars as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the 65th anniversary of the establishment of Lao People’s Party on March 22, 2020.

According to the Tourism Development Department under the Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism, around 144,000 visitors visited Xieng Khouang Province last year.