A city in Laos is a surprise hit with Thai tourists

A city in Laos is a surprise hit with Thai tourists

One of the cities in Laos has become very popular with Thai tourists. Luang Prabang, the former capital of Laos, sees most room bookings filled with Thai travelers. This is not surprising, since since Laos lifted entry restrictions in May, Thais have made up 90% of room bookings in the country.

 

Now there are few tourists from China, Europe, Korea and other countries inclusive in Laos. Thanks to Thai tourists, the president of the Luang Prabang Hotel and Guest House Association reported that hotels and guest houses are almost fully booked.

The Luang Prabang Tourism Department said that over 67,000 local visitors arrived in the city in the first 3 months of 2022, up 74% from the same period last year. Now that Laos travel restrictions have been lifted, tour operators are gearing up for the expected influx of tourists. They have refurbished and upgraded several tourist spots and improved hotel services.

Luang Prabang is hosting a boat festival this week in honor of the Buddhist Lent, which hopes to attract both local and international tourists.

The Old Quarter of Luang Prabang, a world famous historical city, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors come to see the old temples and sights of Luang Prabang as well as its rural scenery.

The city recently received the second Asean clean tourism standard award after evaluation. It was found to have achieved nearly 93% of the criteria set by the ASEAN Clean Tourism Standards.

As Thai tourists flock to Luang Prabang, more Lao visitors have been coming to Thailand lately. On July 1, the day Thailand Pass was finally decommissioned, about 3,618 Laotians crossed the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge to the northeastern city of Nong Khai. Tourism between Thailand and Laos appears to be picking up after the easing of travel restrictions.