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,, 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.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Winners of the 7th Vientianale International Film Festival 2017

Winners of the 7th Vientianale International Film Festival 2017
Photo Credit: Vientianale, 2017

Tourist dies at popular gibbon zipline park in Laos

By:  Natalie Paris, The Telegraph (UK), March 28, 2017

A traveller has died ziplining at the Gibbon Experience forest camp in Laos.

The person, thought to be American, was at the remote attraction popular with backpackers travelling on a budget through South-East Asia. It boasts some of the world’s highest and longest ziplines, with the largest reaching 1,870ft across a forested valley in the north-west of the country, close to the border with Thailand.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017

Phouvong Jewelry Calendar 2017 - March and April

Phouvong Jewelry Calendar 2017 - March and April
ບະຕິທິນຮ້ານຄໍາພູວົງ 2017 ເດືອນມີນາ ແລະ ເດືອນເມສາ

Phouvong Jewelry Calendar 2017 - January and February

Phouvong Jewelry Calendar - January and February
ບະຕິທິນຮ້ານຄໍາພູວົງ 2017 ເດືອນມັງກອນ ແລະ ເດືອນກຸມພາ

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Russian Food Cart in Vientiane - Polmeni Anyone?

Video Credit:  Lena Aber via Youtube

Lao Government Auctions Luxury Cars in a Bid to Cut Costs, Reduce Corruption

By:  RFA News, March 13, 2017

Vehicles for auction
Luxury vehicles owned by the Lao government sit inside the National Convention Center in Vientiane where they will be auctioned to the public, Feb. 28, 2017.  Photo Credit: RFA.

The Lao government has auctioned 14 luxury cars previously used by the country’s leaders in its latest effort to cut costs and rein in corruption in the impoverished nation by getting rid of pricey autos that high-ranking officials had been using for free for official and personal business.

Lao authorities impound over 5,000 illegally imported vehicles

By:  Vientiane Times, January 26, 2017

The Customs Department under the Lao Ministry of Finance has reported that they impounded more than 5,000 illegally imported vehicles in the fiscal year of 2015-2016.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Beer Snacks ຂອງແກ້ມເບຍ

Lao Beer Snacks examples 1
(From left to right)  Lettuce, dipping sauce, chopped schallots, ginger, limes, lemon grass, peanuts, galanga.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Laos Ranks 16th Most Welcoming Country In the World

By:  Thao Phasavath, KPL News, March 9 2017

(KPL) The Lao PDR has been ranked number 16 among the most welcoming countries in the world, with Cambodia and Timor Leste topping the list, according to the Passport Index for 2017.

Tour operators suggest activities for 2018 Visit Laos Year

By:  Siladda Souliyong, Vientiane Times, February 11, 2017

Tour operators have suggested activities and improvements to tourist sites ahead of 2018 Visit Laos Year which was recently announced by the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.

World Peace Gong

World Peace Gong in Vientiane Laos

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Laos' Tallest Person - Pudoy Sayachak

Video Credit:  Vientiane Times, July 6, 2016

Laos expects $8.94 billion trade volume in 2017

By:  Post Online Media (Croatia), February 6, 2017

Photo:  Souphanh Keomixay
Photo:  Souphanh Keomixay

Laos will strive to record a trade volume of $8.94 billion in 2017, Lao Minister of Planning and Investment Souphanh Keomixay said.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Liberia Seeks Laos’s Help in Rice Self-sufficiency

By:  Liberia Observer, February 24, 2017

Liberia has made yet another friend on the world stage, this time, one that shares similar developmental challenges but has had success in noteworthy areas. It was on this trajectory that Liberia’s newly accredited ambassador to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Dudley McKinley Thomas, has presented his Letters of Credence to the President Bounnhang Vorachith.

Liberia’s Ambassador to Lao PDR, Mr. McKinley Thomas and President of the Lao PDR, His Excellency Mr. Bounnhang Vorachith. in discussion.

Laos president visits Cambodia amid border dispute

By:  Logan Connor, Southeast Asia Globe, February 22, 2017

Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace. Photo: Mariusz Kluzniak via Visual Hunt

Laos President Bounnhang Vorachith is set to arrive in Phnom Penh today for a two-day state visit amid a border dispute between the countries over a road being built in Cambodia’s Stung Treng province.

Colourful Lao Architectural Icons

Colourful Lao Icons

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017

Lao Language: Words for Food

Lao Language:  Words for Food - written in Lao and English

One man and his tea

By:  Dr. Margaret Jones Williams, Vientiane Times, February 4, 2017

This story starts in 2008. On a misty morning, Phasi, a local farmer of Ngodphae village, in the northern Lao province of Xieng Khuang, climbed Phou San, a mountain close to his village. Huddled in a fleece jacket against the chill of the morning, he ascended higher and higher on the slopes.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Fruit jam, a must for your shopping list when visiting Champassak

By Xaysana Leukai, Vientiane Times, February 13, 2017

Champassak pineapple jam
Photo Credit:  Vientiane Times

If you go to Champassak province and are wondering what to buy for your friends in the way of souvenirs, you can't go wrong with a tasty jam made from pineapple, mango or tamarind.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Khammuan confiscates large illegal timber haul

By:  Vientiane Times, February 17, 2017

Yommalath district authorities in Khammuan province this week seized illegally harvested timber which was hidden inside a shipping container and buried underground at a sawmill in Donpeuay village.

Authorities take action against illegal satellite receivers

By:  Souksakhone Vaenkeo, Vientiane Times, February 17, 2017

Authorities have called for joint action to prevent illegal imports of satellite receivers after learning the receivers have been imported without permission from the relevant departments.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Outer Space and the Universe Explained in Lao

Title:  What's in the Sky?  ມີຍັງຢູ່ເທິງທ້ອງຟ້າ
By:  Sasha Alyson
Publisher, Year:  Big Brother Mouse, 2010

Lao book - What's in the Sky? cover

Friday, February 10, 2017

ຖາມຫຍັງກໍໄດ້ - The Real Lao Connection

Ask Anything Series on
Question:  I did a search online for the words Lao connection and variety of sites, resources, accounts, organizations, and even a magazine came up.  Are any of those related to

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Lao Prime Minister Moves to Stop Land-for-Capital Deals

By:  RFA News, December 16, 2016

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith says he wants to end the Lao government’s policy of bartering land for development, in a reversal of a long-term practice that has seen large swaths of the country go to foreign-backed investors.

Lao Province Issues Banana Ban

By:  RFA News, January 27, 2017

Authorities in the northern Lao province of Bokeo suspended the operations of 18 Chinese-backed banana plantations after they discovered widespread violations of the regulations governing the use of agricultural chemicals, government officials told RFA's Lao Service.

Lao Officials Are Returning Money They Earned Through Corruption

By:  RFA News, January 24, 2017

Lao government officials found guilty of corruption charges are ‘voluntarily’ returning the money and assets they obtained through their illegal activities to the government, an official with the State Audit Organization (SAO) told RFA’s Lao Service.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Over 500 cyclists expected to compete in Laos tournament

By:  Xinhua News, February 1, 2017

More than 500 cyclists from Laos and overseas are expected to take part in the "Vientiane Cycling Season 1" event on Sunday.

Traffic accidents claim 97 lives in Laos in January

By:  Xinhua News, February 5, 2017

VIENTIANE, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) - A total of 97 people were killed while 992 others sustained injuries in traffic accidents in Laos in the first month of 2017, according to the Traffic Police Department of Lao Ministry of Public Security on Sunday.

Laos tourism suffers visitor decline

By:  Mark Elliott, Travel Daily, February 1, 2017

Laos experienced a sharp drop in visitor arrivals last year, mainly due to a decline from neighbouring Thailand.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

From Honeybees to Pepperwood

Title:  From Honeybees to Pepper - Creative Lao Cooking with Friends
By:  Gustav Auer
Publisher, Year:  Friends International, 2011
ISBN:  097636073X
Cost:  USD$40
From Honeybees to Pepperwood cover photo

Friday, January 27, 2017