When I visited Laos 10 years ago I never saw a single bank commercial on television and would only sometimes see their billboards or signs. Fast forward to today, 2013, and Lao banks both private and public have fully taken on the idea of advertising. Competition among them is fierce.
A burgeoning middle class, a large proportion of young workers with money, and banking rules that have become more open to competition that has allowed for incredible growth in the banking sector. The days where people hid money in their homes are quickly vanishing. The new norm is to open a bank account.
Monday, July 29, 2013
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Lao People’s Democratic Republic was recognized as the World's Best Tourist Destination for 2013 by the European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT). Tourist arrivals are surging—up 22% on a per annum basis—with last year's estimate at 3.3 million. At present, the tourism sector is the second largest income earner in Lao PDR.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Here's a couple of fun videos from Youtube user Enniocol24 for all you foodies out there. The first video is the morning food market and the second is the evening or night food market - both in Luangprabang. Video was taken in April 2013 and we love the music selection playing in the background.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Have you ever seen the Buddha in an image like this? I've never quite seen him depicted like this. I'm calling it Majestic Buddha With an Entourage.
Source Credit: Found on the front page BuddhistDoor.com website, artist unknown.
Monday, July 15, 2013
BBC's show Roads Less Travelled (season 1, episode 3) visits Laos starring the founder of the Lonely Planet travel series, Tony Wheeler. Watch as he re-visits Laos and also some lesser known spots including a cascading waterfall not known to tourists yet.
Friday, July 12, 2013
Sao Darly J visited the Lao Food Festival back in February 2013. There were certain sections and stalls that were devoted to regional and provincial food. Here's a few clips from her visit to the Xiengkhuang, Savannakhet, Champassak and Luangprabang food stalls on Youtube. She's got a bigger obsession with Lao food than we do! And that's saying a lot. :)
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Monday, July 8, 2013
Today we're featuring the following wonderful paintings from Lao artist, Calgary, Alberta, Canada based, Mr. Thep Thavansouk (below is our random selections of his works).