Construction work under way on a bridge carrying the China-to-Laos railway. The opening of the line and a north-south highway will change tourism in Laos by making it easier to travel to and within the country. Photo: Getty Images Construction work under way on a bridge carrying the China-to-Laos railway. The opening of the line and a north-south highway will change tourism in Laos by making it easier to travel to and within the country. Photo: Getty Images
Construction work under way on a bridge carrying the China-to-Laos railway. The opening of the line and a north-south highway will change tourism in Laos by making it easier to travel to and within the country. Photo: Getty Images
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How making travel easier will change Laos tourism: new road and railway will draw more mainstream visitors, but will adventure seekers be put off?

  • Laos has always drawn seekers after rugged adventure, but new rail and road links will open the country up to mainstream visitors and, some hope, high-end ones
  • In particular, more will come from China, and that could change some destinations, an industry insider says, but tourists ‘can still take the older routes’

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Construction work under way on a bridge carrying the China-to-Laos railway. The opening of the line and a north-south highway will change tourism in Laos by making it easier to travel to and within the country. Photo: Getty Images Construction work under way on a bridge carrying the China-to-Laos railway. The opening of the line and a north-south highway will change tourism in Laos by making it easier to travel to and within the country. Photo: Getty Images
Construction work under way on a bridge carrying the China-to-Laos railway. The opening of the line and a north-south highway will change tourism in Laos by making it easier to travel to and within the country. Photo: Getty Images
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