The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the
Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) are jointly promoting
destinations linking Thailand’s bordering provinces to three
countries in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), including
Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar.
The development of the transportation
infrastructure with cross-border roads, bridges and checkpoints
opening for both local and international visitors, as well as the
recent opening of the new Asian Highway, has increased the appeal
of travelling in the Mekong region.
Currently, tourists who want to travel beyond
Thailand to other countries in the GMS can enter Myanmar via
Chiang Rai in the North; to Lao PDR via Mukdahan, Ubon Ratchathani,
Udon Thani and Nong Khai in the Northeast; and to Cambodia via Sa
Kaeo at the Aranyaprathet border in the East.
In recent years, the border provinces in
Thailand have also seen a rise in the amount of high-quality
accommodation available with a range of new boutique hotels and
resorts which are perfect for small, exclusive groups of
travellers seeking to explore the delights of the region.
In line with the strategy of consolidating Thailand’s position as
South East Asia’s tourism hub in the GMS, TAT and MTCO have joined
together to introduce six tour itineraries that directly link
provinces in north, northeast and eastern Thailand with
destinations in the three neighbouring countries – Cambodia, Lao
PDR and Myanmar.
Route 1: Tracing the Path of Tai
Civilisation over Three Countries: Chiang Rai – Mae Sai – Tachilek
– Chiang Tung – Muang La – Mae Sai – Chiang Rai.
World Heritage Cities: Mukdahan – Savannakhet – Lao Bao – Dong Ha
– Hue – Danang – Hoi An- Savannakhet – Mukdahan.
The Khmer Civilisation: Sa Kaeo – Poipet – Siem Reap – Sa Kaeo.
Route 4: Cruising the Mekong River Linking Thailand – Lao PDR
– China: Chiang Rai – Chiang Khong – Huay Xai – Luang Namtha –
Boharn – Muang La – Chiang Rung –Chiang Saen – Chiang Rai.
Route 5: Cities nearby the Mekong River: Udon Thani – Nong
Khai – Vientiane – Nong Khai – Udon Thani.
Route 6: Three
Cultural Lands: Ubon Ratchathani – Champassak – Pakse – Kon Pa
Paeng – Prasat Wat Phu – Ho Chi Minh City – Ubon Ratchathani.
En-route, travellers will have opportunities to gain a deeper
understanding of the lesser-known provinces along the banks of the
mighty Mekong River. Here there are a great variety of activities
for tourists as well as culture and cuisine, religions,
traditions, and languages as well as folk music, local handicrafts
and festivals. For history lovers, there are many historical sites
and archaeological wonders to explore.
The Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik, TAT Governor, said, “There is still a lot of work ahead to tap the region’s
full potential, but we are confident that the spirit of
cooperation will prevail in the interests of creating jobs, income
and contributing to the alleviation of poverty. There is no doubt
that travel and tourism will remain a major pillar of sub-regional
economic, social and cultural development for many years into the
Important Events and Festivals in provinces on the Mekong
- Yasothon Bun Bang Fai Festival (Rocket Festival),
1-31 May, 2014, Yasothon
See other recent news regarding:
- Bun Luang and Phi Ta Khon Festival,
1-30 June, 2014, Dan Sai district, Loei.
- Ubon Ratchathani
Candle Festival, 11-21 July, 2014, Thung Si Mueang, Mueang
District, Ubon Ratchathani.