ETTR Daily reports that Laos visitor rates are inching closer and closer to one million, with overall numbers jumping 11% on the previous year’s numbers.
For the first nine months of 2006 the total was 867,405 people. Big players included:
Thailand: 478,193 (55%)
Vietnam: 141, 653 (16%)
China: 36,090 (4%)
USA: 32, 308 (4%)
France: 23,405 (3%)
UK: 23,273 (3%)
We’ve just updated and expanded our coverage of the remote southern Lao provinces of Sekong, Salavan and Attapeu. Pakse and Champasak have also been comprehensively updated and expanded. The islands of Si Phan Don will be updated in the next week or so — watch this space!
Everyone knows about Phu Quoc, but the Con Dao islands see a lot less people. Our Saigon correspondent Jon Hoff spent a few days out there and here’s his report on what sounds like a great little hideaway which is but a short flight from Saigon.
The smart cookies over at Khmer 440 have an interesting story on a Khmer Rouge tunnel prison outside Kompong Chhnang — something we’d never heard of. So, if you find yourself in Kompong Chhnang with nothing to do, please check it out and let us know all about it!