September 2017
News for you
 THAI Smile re-opens flight to Luang Prabang
 Laos Airlines re-opens flight to Singapore

 Upcoming event: Boun Ock Phansa
 Plan for new tourist site: Xe Salalong Reservoir
THAISmile resumes flight to Luang Prabang
Thai Smile will resume flights between Bangkok and Luang Prabang starting from 1st October. The upcoming route will operate with four weekly flights on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The airline sells an one-way promotional fare, inclusive of taxes and fees, ex-Bangkok at THB 2,580 to Luang Prabang. Bookings are open until 28 October for thee special fares for travel from 1st to 28th October. The airline will serve the route with an A320.
Laos Airlines re-opens flight to Singapore
Lao Airlines will relaunch a flight between Vientiane and Singapore starting 29 October. The route will be operated with three weekly flights Wednesday, Friday and Sunday using an Airbus A320. Lao Airlines will sell a promotional one-way fare, inclusive of taxes and fees, ex-Vientiane to Singapore starting at USD 155 to compete with Silk Air. 
Upcoming Event: Boun Ock Phansa & Lhai Hue Fai

Boun Ok Phansa is the last day of the Buddhist lent. It occurs on the 15th day of the 11th month of the lunar calendar along with Lhai Heua Fai Festival, celebrated at the night of the End of Lent. The festival is to mark the end of the monks’ three-month-fast and retreat during the rainy season. This year, the Festival will be held on 05 & 06 October 2017. On this occasion, people gather to make small round containers, using banana leaves on a section of banana trunk, then put flower, incense stick, candles, betel nuts and other condiments for chewing, food money on the top of the container. At dawn, donation and offerings are made at the temples. Prayers are chanted by the monks, and at dusk candlelight procession wind around the temples. The “flower boat”, lighted with candles, will be sent floating away at the bank of Mekong or Nam Khan River along with praying and chanting from locals.
Lhai Heua Fai is also aimed at sending offerings to the dead. But most of all, it is a homage to the Lord Buddha.There are also a competition between villages and temples to celebrate this special occasion. Temples and villages build their boats of light, from bamboo and paper, which are much bigger and more elaborately decorated, take parade at night, along the Old Quarter road, before being selected to be the winner and sent to the bank of Mekong River, in front of Wat Xieng Thong’s pier.
Following the Festival, there will be Boat Racing in some of the provinces.

Plan for new Tourist site:  Xe Salalong Reservoir

Savannakhet province, in central Laos bordering Thailand, plans to develop Xe Salalong reservoir, in Thapangthong district, as a new tourist destination. 
The Reservoir is identified to have place for a Tourist Service Centre, a Boat Marina, a Protected Nature Park, a Community Handicraft Center and a Parking area for buses and cars. The survey, organized by the Local Authorities has been settled up and outlined details for a proposed annual Boat Race Festival and Agricultural Tourism activities at Don Ngoikao — an Island Village in the Reservoir.
Once finished, the site will be an ideal stop over for overland trip from the Center to the South of Laos.
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