Precious lessons from neighbours

The World Heritage town of Luang Prabang serves as a role model for Thais wanting to develop creative tourism

Tourists take part in activities at Living Land Community Farm. Credit

Almost 40 Thai villagers and "creative tourism" advocates recently participated in several community tourism activities in Luang Prabang, Laos, looking to apply good ideas to their villages in six designated special zones.

They have learned precious lessons from these destinations -- Whisky Village, Sa Paper Village, Living Land Community Farm, Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre, two museums, two mountains, a temple and a walking street.

"Creative Tourism focuses on the identity or authenticity of communities. We want the villagers to see how Luang Prabang is able to develop while conserving its identity. The town is as small as 5km², but it is heritage for people worldwide. For example, activities reflect characteristics of the area as well as occupations. The heart of creative tourism is to allow tourists to learn, do things and understand," Asst Prof Suddan Wisudthiluck, lecturer of Thammasat University's Faculty of Sociology and Anthropology and head of the Working Party on Model Project on Creative Tourism, told Life.

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