Friday, September 26, 2014

Lao Phrase of the Day: Try Dipping the Rice Into the Sauce

Lao Phrase of the Day:  Try Dipping the Rice Into the Sauce - written in Lao and English

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A Brief Look at Lao-German Relations - Lao Deutsch Beziehungen

Laoconnection.com Lao-German Relations image
When I travel I often make mental notes of the people I meet, including other travelers.  Sometimes it's quite subconscious until I actually sit down to think or write about.  Ten years ago when I visited Laos, many visitors I ran into were from Australia, England, and America.  Now, many are German and French.

For me the stand out point during my December 2013 visit to Laos were the number of Germans I kept running into or overhearing as we passed each other.  So it got me thinking about Laos' relationship with Germany and how it's changed and grown over time. 

Here are some interesting facts:

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Royal Haw Prabang Temple at Sunset

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One of the most iconic images and places seen in Luangprabang, Laos, it's the Royal Haw Prabang Temple on the grounds of the National Museum (aka Luangprabang Royal Museum).

Friday, September 19, 2014

Wonderful Real Life Scenes of Laos

A full 1 hour and 44 minutes of video footage of Laos seen through the eyes of a tourist.  There's no narration or music added.  The simplicity of this means you get to hear and see things as though you were there.  Makes it seem more real somehow.

Very fun to watch all the different scenes cut together. The end of the video ends in Thailand but the rest is all taken while in Laos by the videographer.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Lao Children are Better Educated Than Thai Kids

Source:  The Nation (Thai Newspaper), September 11, 2014

The startling findings of the latest global report on education place a tough assignment ahead for new minister Narong.

Thailand's poor standing in a recent global survey on the quality of education has caused alarm among educators here and prompted the authorities to respond.

Thailand is ranked 87th in the world in the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015 - behind most other member-countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, including less economically developed neighbours such as Laos, which is ranked 60th. This is both embarrassing and unacceptable.


Monday, September 8, 2014

Finding Lost Civilizations - Plain of Jars

Follow along with the creator of the video, Alex Grekus, in his educational series called Finding Lost Civilizations.  In this episode, learn about the mysterious megalithic stone jars in the Plain of Jars of Phonsavan, Laos. 

Part 1 of 3 shown below to get you started...

Video Credit:  StoriesbyAlex on Youtube.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Bird's Eye View of Vientiane Along the Mekong

The city of Vientiane has come a long way. Here's a quick video of aerial footage of the city along the Mekong River.
Video Credit:  Lao Pride Channel on Youtube.