Friday, December 15, 2017

Kompin ໂຄມປິ່ນ

Watch how kompin ໂຄມປິ່ນ - a Lao version of shadow paper lantern puppetry of sorts - as they're being made.
Video by:  Xeng Yang via Youtube user AtMyLibrary

Lao PM seeks improvements across legal, judicial sectors

By:  Vientiane Times, December 7, 2017

VIENTIANE - Sectors responsible for enforcement, administration, prosecution and adjudication of the law must do all they can to ensure that innocent people are protected and offenders punished, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith told a meeting in the capital on Tuesday.

Laos Airlines cut ticket prices to stimulate tourism

By:  Vientiane Times, December 7, 2017
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VIENTIANE - Lao Airlines, the national flag carrier, is decreasing the price of tickets on domestic and international routes in a bid to stimulate tourism within the country.

The airline’s decision to reduce the price of tickets coincides with the traditional high season for tourists.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Overvalued development projects face scrutiny in Laos

By:  Somsack Pongkhao, Vientiane Times, December 12, 2017

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VIENTIANE - Stronger measures have been put in place to address the problems related to overvalued state investment projects, a senior official has confirmed.

Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Dr. Kikeo Chanthabouly told Vientiane Times on Friday that the government was announcing measures to enforce laws strictly to ensure the effective expenditure of the State budget.

BCEL launches cashless payment system in Laos

By:  Vientiane Times, December 2, 2017
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VIENTIANE - Banque pour le Commerce Exterieur Lao Public (BCEL) has launched a new service called ‘OnePay’- a mobile phone app that allows users to pay anyone, anywhere, directly from their account by simply photographing a QR code.

8th FMK International Dance Festival

8th FMK International Dance Festival

Sunday, December 10, 2017

A brief look at Lao-South Korean diplomatic relations

A brief look at Lao-South Korean diplomatic relations

The relationship between the two countries has grown considerably in just the last 10 years.  Foreign investment and the number of tourists from South Korea to Laos has skyrocketed.  Here's a brief look at their diplomatic relations.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Vat Haw Pakaew received a new crown

In Vientiane, the famous Vat Haw Pakaew, received a new crown
after its renovations in 2015.
Video Credit: Vientiane Times, May 3, 2015

Heavy debt load in Laos

By:  David Hutt, Asia Times News, November 4, 2017

Twenty years since the 1997 Asian financial crisis, analysts are once again looking skeptically at potentially unsustainable debt piles in the region. Largely untouched by the ’97 collapse, Laos could get pulled into a new era of financial turmoil.


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

A golden crown for the Tat Luang

More than 10 kg of gold leaf placed on the That Luang stupa.
Video Credit: Vientiane Times, October 31, 2016

A taste of North Korean food in Vientiane

Original Title:  Would You Like A Side Of Propaganda? Lunch At A North Korean Restaurant
By:  Elise Hu, NPR News, September 5, 2016
With contributions from:  Xaisongkham Induangchanthy

North Korean restaurant in Laos
North Korean restaurants, like this one in Vientiane, Laos, 
don't just serve North Korean cuisine.  They are run by the North Korean 
government as a way to earn hard currency to send back to an increasingly 
sanctioned Pyongyang.  Photo Credit: Elise Hu/NPR