Khmu village to feature in Oudomxay tourism programme

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - A village in Xay district, Oudomxay province, is to become a showcase for Khmu culture in association with a scheme to turn the nearby Chom Ong Cave into a tourist attraction.

Lak 10 village is located next to the cave and is home to a sizeable Khmu community. The Khmu are one of the 50 ethnic groups living in Laos.

Deputy Director of the provincial Information, Culture and Tourism Department, Mr Mahaxai Kethbounphane, told Vientiane Times that the village’s participation in the tourism programme was publicly announced on Monday.

The message was relayed during events held in the village to celebrate the Khmu New Year.

“We want to show visitors the colourful lifestyle of the Khmu ethnic group, including the food they eat, their traditional dress, dances, and their skill in playing the khaen,” Mr Mahaxai said.

Chom Ong Cave will become readily accessible when an under-construction 40-km road from the provincial capital is finished. The road is currently 86 percent complete.

Oudomxay province is also home to other places of interest. Locals and tourists love to cool down by the Nam Kat waterfall, while the Singkham Buddha temple is one of the most striking in the province and a lovely venue to offer up a prayer.

Elsewhere, the beautiful Tad Talae waterfall is especially impressive after heavy rains.

Oudomxay is also renowned for its tasty food, including sop pak, which is vegetables cooked with sesame, ginger and chilli, and som seen sai mai phai, which is fermented pork mixed with chilli and garlic and packed into a piece of bamboo.

Local ethnic groups are particularly adept at making products from cotton and good bargains are available for shoppers.

Oudomxay is located 583km from Vientiane and is accessible via all-weather roads, as well as by air.

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