Phou Bia Mountain to be Developed as Visitor Adventure Park
According to a source by Vientiane Times, Khamphay Sana Group is to develop new tourism facilities on the Phou Bia Mountain site after a feasibility study on the project was completed in 2020. The development will take place in Phou Houa Xang Village, in Anouvong District, Xaysomboun Province.
Development of the site is valued at some USD 500 million, creating tourism activities in line with the Sustainable Conservation of Phu Bia Project. Hiking trails will be built, along with a zipline. Visitors will be able to enjoy climbing, cycling, camping, homestays, a cable car, and an amusement park. A five-star hotel is also planned.
The project aims to develop tourism in the region to international standards along with environmental protection and rural development. It is projected to become a major tourist attraction in the region, drawing visitors from across the country and from overseas. It will also create jobs for local people.
The project of this adventure park will be key in bringing more visitors to undeveloped Xaysomboun Province, where 90 percent of residents are Hmong, with its majestic scenery providing the backdrop to this ambitious scheme.
Phou Bia (also written as Phu Bia and Phoubia or Bia Mountain) is the highest mountain in Laos at 2,820 meters high. The area is rich in biodiversity and natural resources, most famous for the Phu Bia Mine, however, the population remains one of the poorest in the country and sees little tourism. Xaysomboun is a mountainous province and is situated between Vientiane – Laos’s Capital City and Xiang Khouang – commonly famous for the Plain of Jars.