By The Nation
In Laos, Centra by Centara Riverside Resort Vang Vieng (formerly Thavisouk Island Hotel) and Thavisouk Riverside Resort & Spa Vang Vieng, Centara Boutique Collection (formerly Thavisouk Riverside Hotel) are located on the opposite sides of the Nam Song River, connected by a private bridge linking the two properties.
The two rebranded riverside properties are expected to open in the fourth quarter this year after refurbishment programmes.
The Vientiane-Vang Vieng expressway, opened in December 2020, brings Vang Vieng within an hour’s drive of Luang Prabang.
"Signing this management agreement with Centara Hotels & Resorts represents a milestone for us. Since we started in 2002, we have grown alongside the destination to become the largest hotel operator in the city, and we are excited to leverage Centara's international reach to present Vang Vieng to a wider audience," said Bounsong Khammang, owner of Thavisouk Hotels & Resorts.
Thavisouk Hotel & Resorts was founded nearly two decades ago with just 40 rooms and today is the biggest hotelier in the city with more than 300 rooms.
Meanwhile newly added to the Centara Boutique Collection is Roukh Kiri Khao Yai Hotel, nestled amid the lush and mountainous Khao Yai National Park just three hours from Bangkok. This is Centara's first hotel in Khao Yai.
The signings follow seven other management deals signed in 2020 by Centara for resorts in Myanmar, Oman, Vietnam and Thailand.