This Attractive Resin Fridge Magnet Features The Picturesque Nam Song River In Vang Vieng
The Nam Song River is a small but beautiful waterway that flows through the town of Vang Vieng in the Vientiane Province of Laos. The town and the river are tourist orientated. Visitors to the area enjoy kayaking down the river. The journey is made even more pleasant by the fact that bars have been built on the river banks to allow for liquid sustenance. If you are not lucky enough to experience this trip, or even if you are, why not purchase this fridge magnet. It provides you with some idea of how lovely the area is and is available to buy from World-wide-gifts.com Internet Store.
Nam Song River And Nam Ngum Reservoir
The Nam Song River is a beautiful waterway surrounded by karst rock formations. It is a popular spot with tourists as it winds its way through the town of Vang Vieng and to the south of Ban Nampo village where the Nam Po River runs into it. The Nam Song River is joined to Nam Ngum Reservoir by the hydro-electric Nam Ngum Dam. This dam is the oldest in Laos and was built in three phases. The first phase started in 1968 and cost $28 million to complete; the second phase started in 1976 and cost $49 million to complete; this left the final phase with a cost of $20 million. The vast majority of the electricity produced by the dam is used in Laos itself. The Nam Ngum Reservoir, which was created by the damming on the river, is the largest body of water in Laos.
The History Of Vang Vieng
The first settlement was created at the site of the town of Vang Vieng in 1353 when it was named Mouang Song. The name Vang Vieng was given to the town in the 1890s during the time of the French Colonial rule of Laos. During the Vietnam War (1964-73) the town expanded rapidly due to the building of an airbase and airstrip by the USA. In more recent times the town has become a haven for backpackers who enjoy the adventure tourism the area offers.
Despite the fact that there are many beautiful sights to see in Laos, it is sometimes forgotten when compared to its South East Asia ‘cousins’. It seems that one popular reason for visitors travelling to the country is the relaxed atmosphere. It is easy to reach Laos with two international airports and a direct train link with Nong Khai in Thailand. Land border crossings are also open to tourists. The most popular time for foreign tourists to visit Laos is during the Dry Season, from November to March, when rainfall is low and the temperatures are cooler. If you decide to visit that it definitely the best time to make the trip, climate wise, as other times of the year can be very hot or very wet. Whether you decide to visit the country or not, you can still purchase this fridge magnet featuring the Nam Song River from World-wide-gifts.com Internet Store.