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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 205-206
Accidental risk analysis in three big waterfalls in Southern Laos


Public Health Curriculum, Surin Rajabhat University, Surin, Thailand

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How to cite this article:
Kaewla W, Wiwanitkit V. Accidental risk analysis in three big waterfalls in Southern Laos. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2016;9:205-6

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Kaewla W, Wiwanitkit V. Accidental risk analysis in three big waterfalls in Southern Laos. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2016 [cited 2019 Dec 9];9:205-6. Available from: http://www.atmph.org/text.asp?2016/9/3/205/179105
Dear Sir,

Tourism has become a blooming activity in the present day. Indochina is an area with the influx of several numbers of tourists every year. In this area, there are many interesting pure natural tourism sites. In this short article, the authors report a simple field survey for performing risk assessment of tourism sites in Southern Laos. The survey was performed during the rainy season of 2015 (13-16 September, 2015). Three main big waterfall resorts in Pakse and Sarawan Provinces in the southern region of Laos were visited and in-depth risk analysis was performed by the surveyor team. According to the site visit and risk analysis, different risks in different places could be identified. The important detected risks can be classified as:

  1. Risk due to the waterfall sites,
  2. Risk due to the man-made structures at the sites, and
  3. risk due to the behavior of the tourists.


Focusing on the risk due to the waterfall sites, all waterfalls located in the tropical rain forest with a very high humidity and the very high height of the waterfall contributes to a risk to the visitors. Focusing on the risk due to the man-made structures at the sites, some wooden fences are destroyed and are dangerous. Additionally, the wet stairs with deep steps can be seen. Some dangerous areas lack precaution signs. Finally, the risk due to the behavior of the tourists can be seen as well. Some tourists do not follow the rules of the resorts and invade into the dangerous areas. In fact, similar problems can be seen in many natural resorts in Indochina. In the medical tourism concept, the control of an accident is the main item. Travel and accident is common and this can be a big health problem to the tourists.[1] According to a recent report by Leggat et al. and Wilkset al., accident is the main cause of death of tourists visiting Australia.[2] A similar finding was reported from Spain as well.[3] Accidents of the tourists can occur at any place. One might focus interest on transportation accidents but the concern on tourist sites might be overlooked. The survey of the tourist sites to identify the risk is important. Gathering the data and interpreting it with the geographical and cultural background is important because it can help find the proper solution for safety management to the tourist in each resort site. A good example is a report from China where the identification of risk and relationship with endemic infectious diseases are further analyzed.[4] In the present study, the local geographical background of tropical rain forests can imply the main part of the risks for the tourists.

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Cha O. Travel and accidents. Rev Prat 2015;65:517-8, 521.  Back to cited text no. 1
    
2.
Leggat PA, Wilks J. Overseas visitor deaths in Australia, 2001 to 2003. J Travel Med 2009;16:243-7.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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Rosselló J, Saenz-de-Miera O. Road accidents and tourism: The case of the Balearic Islands (Spain). Accid Anal Prev 2011;43:675-83.  Back to cited text no. 3
    
4.
Feng SH. Research of preferences and security management of tourists in Poyang Lake based on schistosomiasis prevention. Zhongguo Xue Xi Chong Bing Fang Zhi Za Zhi 2015;27:192-4, 202.  Back to cited text no. 4
    

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Correspondence Address:
Wasana Kaewla
Surin Rajabhat University, Surin
Thailand
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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.179105

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