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Angkor What? Explore Ancient Architecture on Smaller Scale At Savannakhet’s Stone House

Ancient Heritage That's Older Than Angkor: Savannakhet's Stone House Heuan Hin

Laotian Times‘ own Laotian Eye Takes A Look To Laos’ Pre-Angkorean Treasures Of The Ancient Khmer Empire At The Stone House Huean Hin On a Trip to Savannakhet Province.

Ecotourism Investment in Savannakhet Promotes Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction

Savannakhet Ecotourism and Investment

Lao PDR’s development has been rapid during the last decade, largely funded by income from natural resources driving the bulk of economic growth. The Government is promoting responsible investment across the country to ensure that quality investments benefit all of Lao society, fostering green development and sustainable use of natural resources, in accordance with the 8th National Socio-Economic Development Plan.

The Government of Lao PDR declared this year “Visit Laos Year 2018” to increase the country’s profile as a tourist destination. Contributing to these efforts, Savannakhet Province held a Responsible Business Forum to promote investment in ecotourism and corporate social responsibility in the tourism service sector. The meeting was held in Xonnabouly District, Savannakhet, based on the potential of the Ong Mang Sanctuary and other sites in the vicinity of Kaysone Phomvihane City.  It was attended by many private sector representatives and entrepreneurs as well as government representatives from Savannakhet Province, line ministries, and departments.

Recognizing the importance of private sector investment and community engagement for sustainable development, Vice Governor of Savannakhet, H.E. Mr. Thonkeo Phouttakayyalath, highlighted “the importance of building the capacity of rural communities for tourism development and improvement of livelihoods to achieve sustainable natural resource management”.

UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Mr. Balasubramaniam Murali further remarked that “ecotourism has the potential to greatly enhance the provincial economy, as well as change the lives of many within rural areas like Xonnabouly District”.

Delegates at the Responsible Business Forum in Savannakhet. Photo: UNDP Lao PDR

Delegates at the Responsible Business Forum in Savannakhet. Photo: UNDP Lao PDR

Ecotourism provides local communities with new sources of income and opportunities for development. It also incentivizes the private sector to take better care of the environment as many tourists are willing to pay extra to visit attractions that are maintained and conserved sustainably.

Prior to the dialogue meeting, delegates tried out an ecotourism circuit from Kaysone Phomvihane City, visiting Nam Sui Reservoir, Dong Ling (Monkey Forest) and the Ong Mang Ecosystems Conservation Centre. The delegates engaged with the Village Conservation Team from Ban Sanamxay who highlighted the successes and challenges of community-based conservation in ecotourism. This ecotourism trail will be further developed and promoted to tourists visiting Savannakhet province in collaboration with private tour operators.

The Responsible Business Forum was organized by the Savannakhet Department of Planning and Investment in collaboration with the SAFE Ecosystems Project, implemented by the Department of Forest in the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and supported by UNDP and the Global Environment Facility.


For more information on investment please contact:

Mr. Valiya Sichanthongthip
Director Department of Planning and Investment, Savannakhet Province

Email s_valiya@hotmail.com
+856 20 59693232


Mr. Keokolakoth Chanthavisai,

National Project Manager, Sustainable Forest and Land Management in the Dry Dipterocarp Forest Ecosystem of Southern Lao PDR Project

Department of Forestry, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Vientiane, Lao PDR

Email keo.korakoth@hotmail.com

Tel: +856 20 599 149 55


Dr. Margaret Jones Williams
Head of Natural Resources Management and Climate Change,

Tel: +856 21 267 710


Photos: UNDP, Phoonsab Thevongsa

Town of Kaysone Phomvihane Officially Declared a City

Kaysone Phomvihane City

The town of Kaysone Phomvihane, capital of Savannakhet Province, has been officially declared a city after the government recently announced the upgrade of three provincial capitals to city status.

A ceremony was held on May 25 to announce the new status of Kaysone Phomvihane City, and to celebrate the one millionth child born in the province.

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith issued three decrees last month approving the upgrade of three districts into cities, including Kaysone Phomvihane of Savannakhet Province, Pakse of Champasack Province, and Luang Prabang in Luang Prabang Province.

In order to attain city status, a district or municipality must have a population of at least 60,000 people, and be financially self sufficient in regard to administration costs.

Kaysone Phomvihane City has a population of 125,76 people. Most households have access to electricity, water supply, telecmmunications, education, and health services.

The annual per capita income of Kaysone Phomvihane City is US$ 2,041.

The ceremony announcing the city’s status was attended by President Bounnhang Vorachit, President of the Lao Front for National Development Xaysomphone Phomvihane, and Savannakhet Governor Santiphab Phomvihane, as well as senior officials, and local people.

Source: KPL

Savannakhet Reaches Population of 1 Million


Savannakhet Province is now officially the province with the largest population in Laos, according to a report released by the provincial statistics bureau on Thursday.

The province now makes up 15 percent of the total population of Laos, with Vientiane Capital home to the second-largest population of approximately 850,000.

Champasack Province has 600,000 people, while Luang Prabang has over 400,000.

While Savannakhet now holds the title of most populous province, actual population density is lower than in Vientiane Capital. While Vientiane has large urban areas, the residents of Savannakhet live mainly in rural areas. The provincial capital of Savannakhet Province, Kaysone Phomvihane, which has recently been officially upgraded to a city, has a population of only around 120,000.

Savannakhet Province is the largest province in Laos, at 21,774 square kilometers, and has a growing industry sector. The province still requires better infrastructure and facilities to meet the needs of its relatively large population, however.

Source: Vientiane Times
Photo: www.visit-laos.com

Germany Grants 5.6 Million Euros to Pave Rural Lao Roads

A grant of EUR 5.6 million has been provided to Laos by the German government towards paving rural roads in Laos.

During a meeting with German government officials and Laos’ Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Public Works and Transport earlier this week, the Rural Development Programme was officially launched.

The grant will be utilized for the first phase of the programme, building continuity with its predecessor, the sixth phase of the Rural Infrastructure Project.

In an attempt to help generate income and improve socio-economic living conditions, Germany is aiding rural development in Laos by rehabilitating roads that connect rural and remote villages.

With the total cost of the Rural Development Programme estimated at EUR 6.3 million, the German government is contributing UR 5.6 million to the cause, while the Lao government is covering the remaining EUR 700,000.

During the first phase of the programme, which is set to run from 2017-2020, the German government will finance the climate-resilient rehabilitation and improvement of approximately 60km of rural roads and associated bridges in Nong and Xepon districts, Savannakhet province.

In addition, the project will provide training for capacity building at national and local implementation levels, with a focus on climate change related adaptation and maintenance management.

The financing parties will also provide continued selected support to the Public Works and Transport Training Institute.

The purpose of the project is to build sustainable climate-resilient rural roads and other infrastructure as well as improving the maintenance of roads.

Local staff will be trained to complete tasks to build capacity within national structures as well as ensuring proper road maintenance management.

Kfw Country Director, Mr Lorenz Gessner has stated that the project will improve living conditions of the rural population in the project region.

A total of EUR 56 million was invested during the previous phases of the Rural Infrastructure Project, with EUR 50 million financed by the German government through KfW, and EUR 6 million contributed by the Lao government.

This amount was used to construct and rehabilitate over 800 km of rural roads, as well as more than 20 bridges and 12 regional markets in seven provinces.




Savannakhet Gears Up for That Inhang Festival

The annual That Inhang stupa festival in Kaysone Phomvihane district, Savannakhet province, is ready to go ahead from December 10-14, local authorities have confirmed.

Kaysone Phomvihane district Governor, Mr Bounyou Thammavong, told Vientiane Times on December 1  For this year’s festival we focused on local cultural activities in the hope they will interest visitors and make them want to come back again.

During the afternoon of the official opening ceremony day on December 12, attendees can enjoy a cultural performance with over 10 programmes. I hope they will teach all visitors more about the lifestyle here in Savannakhet province.

During the five-day festival, the organising committee will hold a trade fair which will mainly exhibit products from the province’s 15 districts. Meanwhile, the provincial authority will also present the One District, One Product (ODOP) logo to three districts, namely Kaysone Phomvihane, Songkhon and Atsaphon, so they will be known as ODOP districts, he added.

According to the festival schedule, on the afternoon of December 13 thousands of devotees will take part in a wax castle procession around the stupa and on the morning of December 14 there will be a tak baat (alms giving) ceremony. This is a traditional ritual that is a highlight of the annual festival, allowing people to pay homage to the revered stupa.

According to tourismlaos.org, That Inghang is a sacred stupa and reportedly the burial site of one of Buddha’s bones. It is an important place for Buddhists and is registered as a National Treasure of Laos. It was built about 450 years ago during the reign of King Marukhanakhone to commemorate the Buddha’s visit to the site.

Buddha is believed to have delivered a sermon to people at the site and later took a rest under the Hang tree. This is the reason why the stupa is called That Inghang.

The That Inghang festival takes place every December. The stupa is located in That village, Kaysone Phomvihane district. The easiest way to get there is to head out along Route 9 for about 12km and turn left at the police post, and then drive straight for about another 3km and you will come directly to the stupa.

Women are required to wear a traditional sinh (long Lao skirt) to enter the site. These are available next to the entrance. Normally, on days other than the festival, the gate is open daily from 8am to 6pm.

Savannakhet province is situated in central Laos and is the largest province with about 21,774 square kilometres, bordered by Vietnam to the east, Thailand to the west, Khammuan province to the north and Saravan province to the south. About 60 percent of the land is covered by forests.


Source: Vientiane Times

Savannakhet Volleyballers Look forward to School Games Next Year

Savannakhet provincial men’s and women’s student volleyball teams will begin to train regularly at an indoor stadium and live-in accommodation until traveling to compete at the 6th National School Games in Borikhamxay province in February 2017.

Savannakhet province selected 14 men’s and 14 women’s players from secondary schools in many districts in January , who have made up the bulk of the squad in the time since.

During the training camp set to commence, the men’s and women’s volleyball teams will be trained by the Savannakhet provincial trainer, who will be assisted by a Japanese volunteer trainer.

Savannakhet provincial volleyball trainer, Ms Veomany Vatsalachit said they would like to provide some budget support to the men’s and women’s volleyball players during training at the live-in accommodation camp.

Ms Veomany said they will be able to provide transportation and facilities for the male and female student players to get to school or university each day.

This year the teams feature talented players from many districts of Savannakhet but none of them have experience at the national or international levels as yet.

Ms Veomany said during training, they also plan to support the men’s and women’s teams to test their skills during a friendly match in the province.

Savannakhet provincial volleyball federation is also preparing the men’s and women’s student volleyball teams to compete at the Minister of Education and Sport’s Cup in Vientiane from November 20-27.

After finishing the school games in Borikhamxay province next year, the Savannakhet provincial men’s and women’s student volleyball teams will then go on to represent the province to compete at the 11th National Games in XiengKhuang province in 2018.

At the 5th National School Games in Champassak province in 2014, the Savannakhet men’s volleyball team managed to secure a gold medal, while the women won silver.


Source: Vientiane Times

Deputy PM Pays Working Visit to Savannakhet and Khammuan

Deputy Prime Minister Dr Sonexay Siphandone and his delegation recently paid a working visit to Savannakhet and Khammuan provinces, advising authorities to continue maintaining political stability and paying attention to socio-economic development.