February 13, 2024

Lao Elephant Festival 2024 hoped to attract visitors to Xayaboury

Source:  VietnamPlus, January 4, 2024

The famous Elephant Festival of Laos will run from February 12-18 in the northwestern province of Xayaboury.

Phetphixay Sounvilay, Deputy Governor of Xayaboury, said that the festival, the 17th of its kind, aims to not only continue preserving the beauty of customs, traditional culture and lifestyle of Lao ethnic people, but also raise awareness about the conservation of elephants. It is also an opportunity to attract a large number of domestic and foreign tourists to Laos and the province in particular.

In addition to entertaining and educating spectators about elephants, the festival aims to raise public awareness about these endangered animals and call for their protection within Laos and around the world. The elephant holds a special place in the hearts and minds of the locals, which comes out in full form at this event.

This year’s Elephant Festival will feature several activities including elephants playing football and basketball, throwing darts, drawing and engaging in tug-of-war games. Visitors will also have a chance to see how elephants are trained. A wide range of cultural and artistic events will be held, along with exhibitions of local products.

Located in northern Laos and about 300 km from Vientiane, Xayaboury has 29 natural tourism attractions, 12 cultural sites and six historical tourist spots. Currently,  Thongmixay district of the province has the largest elephant herd as the locals have a long tradition of taming and nurturing elephants.

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