Saturday, June 17, 2017

4th National Lao-American Writers Summit: Lao’d and Clear!

4th National Lao-American Writers Summit:  Lao’d and Clear!

Beerlao Band Challenge Season 2

Beerlao Band Challenge 2017 - Season 2 teaser video
ຮອບຄັດເລືອກ ວັນເສົາທີ 17/6/2017 ນີ້...! ຢ່າລືມມາຊົມມາເຊຍກັນຫຼາຍໆເດີ້ທີ່ ສູນການຄ້າລາວໄອເຕັກ (ຕຶກເກົ່າ)
Video Credit:  BeerLao

Friday, June 16, 2017

Want a bit of spice?

Chili powder varieties found in the food markets of Laos

China-Lao rail gathers steam

By:  Don Ross , TTRWeekly.com, June 7, 2017

LUANG PRABANG, 7 June 2017: A fast rail line from China to Laos will run straight through Luang Prabang, Lao PDR’s famed World Heritage town, when it opens December 2021.

Officials confirmed late last month that the construction of the Laos-China railway is gathering steam as teams bore and drill foundations at 75 tunnel and 167 bridge locations on a route that will stretch 414 km from end-to-end.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

'Wombs for rent' business flourishes in communist Laos

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre, Reuters News, June 7, 2017

fertility clinic sign in Laos
Photo credit: Phoonsab Thavongsa

Dozens of fertility clinics have mushroomed in land-locked Laos after scandals over commercial surrogacy have spurred wealthier southeast Asian neighbors to ban the controversial procedure since 2015.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Imagine it

Ultimate Dreamlife Abroad Competition - Imagine it

The competition to win 2 Luangprabang businesses (L'étranger Books and Tea and Kop Noi Gallery) continues.  Round 2 is going on right now!  There's still time to enter the Ultimate Dream Life Abroad competition.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Profile on the Affects of Pesticide Use in Laos

ຜົນກະທົບຈາກການນຳໃຊ້ຢາຂ້າຫຍ້າ ແລະ ຢາຂ້າແມງໄມ້ໃນລາວ (Video is in Lao language)


Monday, May 29, 2017

Laos to host major volleyball tournaments in 2017

By:  Xinhua News, May 21, 2017

The Lao Volleyball Federation says it is planning to hold national and international level volleyball events in 2017.

The annual national Minister of Education and Sports' Cup tournament is scheduled to be held in July, while the Asian Vientiane U19 Beach Volleyball Championship is slated for the end of this year.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Laos: On the Borders of the Empire

 
Aljazeera News investigates China's rising influence in Laos and the potentially disastrous consequences for the local population. Credit: Aljazeera News

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

International visitors top expenditure of regional tourists

By:  Vientiane Times, May 23, 2017

International tourists have generated a bigger expenditure in the country over regional tourists, even though regional tourist arrivals were 92 percent higher last year.

Vangvieng, Laos

Monday, May 15, 2017

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Lao Workers at Power Plant Resign After Raise is Denied

By:  Ounkeo Souksavanh and Richard Finney, RFA News, May 5, 2017

The Hongsa Lignite Power Company plant in Sayabouri, Laos
The Hongsa Lignite Power Company plant in Sayabouri, Laos,
is shown in an undated photo.
Photo by:  RFA.

Twenty workers at a power plant in northern Laos have quit their jobs after managers refused to raise their salaries, offering instead only to help them with the cost of their meals, sources said.

Laos, IRRI expand partnership to increase food, nutrition security

By:  Holly Demaree, World-Grain.com, May 9, 2017

Laos and IRRI agreement May 8 2017
IRRI and Laos signed and put the research partnership in motion on May 8th.
Photo courtesy of IRRI.

VIENTIANE, LAOS — The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Laos have an increased their role in the country’s food and nutrition security with a new partnership in research.

The agreement will enable continued conduct of scientific work that will contribute significantly to the development of the country’s rice sector.

Laos identifies attractions

By:  Wanwisa Ngamsangchaikit, TTRWeekly, May 8, 2017

Lao PDR’s Ministry of Planning and Investment in its latest report states there are 2,100 tourist sites in Laos that are either attracting tourists, or have the potential to do so.

Lao News Agency reported there are almost 1,200 ecotourism sites, 600 cultural sites and almost 300 historical sites including two World Heritage sites, but most of them lack basic infrastructure such as roads and many of the ecotourism sites are only of value for local tourists.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Lao Language: Buddhism Related Words

As Buddhism is the largest religion in Laos, you'll often hear these terms. Here are some Buddhist related terms written in Lao and English.

Lao Language:  Buddhism Related Words written in Lao and English

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Incredible CONTEST!

Want to move to Luangprabang, Laos? We found an awesome CONTEST offering an incredible opportunity to win big prizes.  CHECK out the video and the link for more info.

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From the very top


Monday, May 1, 2017

As seen from outer space

Satellite image of Laos as seen from outer space.  ປະເທດລາວເຫັນຈາກທ້ອງຟ້າ
Satellite image of Laos as seen from outer space.  ປະເທດລາວເຫັນຈາກທ້ອງຟ້າ

Phouvong Jewelry Calendar 2017 - May and June

Phouvong Jewelry Calendar 2017 - May and June
ບະຕິທິນຮ້ານຄໍາພູວົງ 2017 ເດືອນພືດສະພາແລະເດືອນມີຖຸນາ

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Want to know the investment climate in Laos?

Title:  Lao PDR - Investment Climate Assessment 2014 - Policy uncertainty in the midst of a natural resources boom
By:  Clarke, George R.; Nghardsaysone, Konesawang; Record, Richard James Lowden; Seror, Marlon Armand Remy
Publisher, Year:  World Bank, 2014
Cost:  Free

Cover of Lao PDR - Investment Climate Assessment 2014 report

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Laos eases investment terms to boost economy

By:  Vientiane Times, April 19, 2017

A newly amended investment promotion in Laos will cut by half the maximum investment period for new concession projects to 50 years, down from previous requirement of 99 years.

First Lao team to compete at Microsoft’s Imagine Cup

By:  Vientiane Times, April 24, 2017

Vientiane - Team BUG5, a group of three young innovators, has earned the nomination to represent Laos in the South East Asian Regional Final Round of the 15th Microsoft’s Imagine Cup.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Laos clothing products in demand by European markets

By:  Vientiane Times, April 24, 2017

According to the latest data compilation from the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Laos has been exporting its garment products to most of Europe while Germany has become one of the country’s most important trade partners because of the value of bilateral trade found in the data recently released by the ministry.

Twenty-Two Die In Lao New Year Road Carnage

By:  Vientiane Times, April 19, 2017

In just the three days of the Lao New Year holiday 159 road accidents occurred across the country resulting in 22 fatalities with incidents of drunk driving and speeding higher than ever.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Lao New Year 2560 - Compilation of Events in Luangprabang

Check out these Lao New Year videos showing a compilation of the variety of activities that went on in Luangprabang.  Featuring the Miss Lao New Year beauty contest, procession, parade, blessing the Buddha statues, music and more.

Video Credit:  Somsack Vilayphonh

Monday, April 17, 2017

Vietnamese Embassy and Consulates in Laos

Vietnam Embassy in Vientiane
Vietnam Embassy in Vientiane.  Photo Credit:  Google Maps

2017 marks the 55th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Laos and Vietnam.  It's also the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty on Friendship and Cooperation.

To commemorate the anniversary, let's take a look at the Vietnamese embassy and its consulates in Laos.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Laos Sees 10 Percent Drop in Foreign Tourist Numbers

By:  The Laotian Times, March 22, 2017

While Lao Nationals hit an all time high for travelling abroad in 2016, as previously reported by The Laotian Times, the number of foreign visitors entering Laos has dwindled after several consecutive years of visitor growth.

Statistics Show Lao People Traveling More Than Ever Before

By:  The Laotian Times, March 17, 2017

In 2016, Laos reported that an astonishing 3.05 million outbound travelers crossed its borders to other countries.

According to statistics presented by the Tourism Development Department at the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, the number of Lao nationals traveling by plane was at a record high in 2016 compared to previous years.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Laos speeds up railway construction machinery import from China

By:  Xinhua News, April 5, 2017

Full steam ahead for the China-Laos railway construction, Laos has sped up machinery import from China, local daily Vientiane Times reported Monday.

Hundreds of trucks carrying machinery and equipment for construction of the China-Laos railway have entered Laos after being delayed at the border. A special lane has now been allocated at the Mohan-Boten border crossing point to facilitate the passage of the trucks, project coordinator in northern Lao province Luang Namtha, Chanthachone Keolakhone told Vientiane Times on Friday.

"Chinese Culture Enters ASEAN" activities held in Laos to promote bilateral cultural exchanges

By:  Xinhua News, April 4, 2017

A series of activities within the framework of "Chinese Culture Enters ASEAN" was held Tuesday in Lao capital Vientiane, drawing the participation of over 200 people from the cultural and educational sectors of China and Laos.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

New Forests acquires a majority stake in Laos plantation to boost sustainable timber

By Jessica Pothering, Impact Alpha, April 5, 2017

Lao forest
Photo Credit:  Lao Forest.  Adrian Gnägi.

New Forests has acquired a majority stake in a Laos plantation to boost sustainable timber in the region.

The Australia-based fund bought 85 percent of Mekong Timber Plantations and will develop the 54,000-acre property as a high-quality sustainable hardwood plantation to serve regional markets.

Dubai charity to help 35,000 school kids in Laos

By:  Gulf News, April 4, 2017

Dubai: A Dubai-based charity is launching a Dh20 million programme to help 35,000 school children in Laos.

The programme by Dubai Cares is called ‘Laos Educational Access Research and Networking,’ is in partnership with Plan International Canada, Save the Children and the World Bank.

Laos-Cambodia border closed over tensions

By:  Mech Dara, Phnom Penh Post, April 4, 2017

Lao Khmer border at Stung Treng border
Photo Credit:  Lao Khmer border at Stung Treng border.
Hong Menea, Phnom Penh Post.

In the latest flare up in tensions between the two countries, Lao authorities temporarily shut a border crossing with Cambodia and dispatched more troops to an undemarcated area on the northern border after Cambodian authorities began renovating an old French border outpost.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Laos' largest bike racing event to date

Video Credit:  Lao Star

Lao Football Premier League 2017 to Kick Off This Saturday

By:  Malayluck Sipaphay, KPL News (Laos), March 30, 2017

(KPL) The Lao Football Premier League 2017 will kick off on April 1 and run until 16 July 2017, with matches taking place in seven stadiums across the country, according to the President of the Lao Football Federation, Mr Viphet Sihachack, at a press conference in Vientiane Capital on March 29.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Lao New Year sand stupa ຕົບພະທາຍ

 Lao New Year sand stupa

Report shows Laos’s different timber tactics

By:  Shaun Turton and Mech Dara, Phnompenh Post, March 31, 2017

Cambodia and Laos share a border and a problem: vast swathes of their forests have been cut down, loaded on trucks and driven east to Vietnam and often sent onwards to China.

Lao automotive industry in need of more technicians

By:  Vientiane Times, April 03, 2017

Laos needs more than 500 automotive technicians each year to satisfy auto industry growth, according to suppliers.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Flying high: meet the first female commercial pilot trained in Laos

By: Logan Connor, SEA-Globe.com, March 24, 2017

Phinanong Leusasinh
Photo Credit:  Southeast Asia Globe

Phinanong Leusasinh discusses her lifelong dream of flying, the difficulties she has faced in a male-dominated industry and what it takes to become a certified pilot

Vientianale 2017 Winner of Best Short Film - ຈັນເກ້ວ Chan Keo

Interesting love story.  Is it real or imagined? Are they jumping through time?

Chan Keo by Sonepasith Phonphila, winner of the Vientianale 2017 short film competition from Vientianale on Vimeo.