Thursday, October 19, 2017

Elaborate Costume

Video Credit:  Miss Grand International
and Youtube user Ahacrh, October 12, 2017

Laos: Trillion kip spent unlawfully, says the top auditor

By:  Souksakhone Vaenkeo, Vientiane Times, October 19, 2017

VIENTIANE - More than one trillion kip of state spending without approval from the National Assembly (NA) has been uncovered, the state top auditor told the parliament this week.

More than one trillion kip of state spending without approval from the National Assembly (NA) has been uncovered, the state top auditor told the parliament this week.

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Ivory Trade of Laos: Now the Fastest Growing in the World

Title:  The Ivory Trade of Laos:  Now the Fastest Growing in the World
By:  Lucy Vigne and Esmond Martin, Save the Elephants
Publisher, Year:  Save the Elephants, 2017
ISBN:  9789966107831
Cost:  Free


It has been reported in recent weeks that Laos has become the fastest growing market for the illegal ivory trade.  This comes on the heels of Thailand and China's ban on ivory causing the market to have unfortunately moved to Laos where Chinese and Vietnamese demand continues. This is the investigative report that has shed a very informative light on the issue and to which news outlets have picked up on.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Laos: Oudomxay legalises foreign workers

By:  Vientiane Times, October 12, 2017

VIENTIANE - Oudomxay provincial authorities are registering foreigners and issuing them with temporary work permits in a bid to regulate the increasing number of undocumented migrant workers in the province.

Lao government clamps down on foreigners’ illegal business activities

By:  Vientiane Times, October 9, 2017

ATTAPEU, Laos - Attapeu province has taken steps to tackle the problems surrounding alien workers and foreigners who run businesses illegally and flout the regulations concerning land use rights.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Almost 10,000 Lao Students Studying in China

Article Title:  China welcomes more overseas students
By:  Khonesavanh Latsaphao, Vientiane Times, October 10, 2017

Almost 10,000 Lao Students Studying in China
Photo Credit:  Vientiane Times, October 10, 2017

BEIJING - More and more foreign students from South Asia and Southeast Asia are coming to study in China, including from Laos, which last year had almost 10,000 people studying in the country.

New Art Exhibition - Charming Laos

New Art Exhibition - Charming Laos

Monday, October 9, 2017

The Lao Trade Story

Title:  The Lao Trade Story - Implementing Trade Policy and Trade Facilitation Reforms in Lao PDR
By:  World Bank
Publisher/Year:  World Bank, 2016
Cost:  Free

The Lao Trade Story - Implementing Trade Policy and Trade Facilitation Reforms in Lao PDR

Perhaps a Lesson for Laos?

Article Title:  War of the Dragons: Why North Korea Does Not Trust China
The legacy of the Sino-Vietnamese War continues to cast a shadow on China-North Korea relations.
By:  Franz-Stefan Gady, The Diplomat, September 29, 2017
The idea that China holds the key to solving the ongoing political and military crisis on the Korean Peninsula has been the standard jack-in-the-box of U.S. North Korea policy for the past seven decades, set to pop up whenever U.S.-North Korea tensions escalated and the threat of war thought imminent.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Private Investment Over 2 Years at USD$7.5B in Laos

By:  KPL News, September 24, 2017

Minister of Planning and Investment Souphan Keomixay told a government meeting on the promotion of private investment on Friday that over the past two years 120 private investment projects have been recorded with a combined capital of 7.5 billion US dollars.

Will Laos Buy New Weapons from Indonesia?

Jakarta continues to look for regional opportunities for its state-owned defense companies.
By:  Prashanth Parameswaran, The Diplomat, September 26, 2017

On September 24, reports surfaced that one of Indonesia’s state-owned defense companies had received interest from Laos for some new arms sales. The reports are part of a broader development where Jakarta is seeking to strengthen its defense industry, including through selling more products to regional countries like Laos with which it is commemorating 60 years of relations this year.

Fiercely paddling right to the finish line

Boat Racing Festival.  Video Credit:  Vientiane Times, October 6, 2017

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

If you're in Laos this week, two colourful festivals await

By:  Visith Teppalath, Vientiane Times, October 4, 2017

Boat Racing Festival in Vientiane
Photo Credit:  Phoonsab

Anyone visiting Laos this week is urged not to miss the Vientiane Boat Racing Festival and the traditional and religious activities nationwide that mark the end of Buddhist Lent.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Lao Mushroom Sauce

A simple and delicious mushroom jaew (sauce).  ແຈ່ວເຫັດນາງຟ້າ
Video Credit:  May Laos Kitchen via Youtube, September 18, 2017.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

The 4th Population and Housing Census 2015 - Full Report

Title, Lao:  ຜົນການສຳຫຼວດພົນລະເມືອງ ແລະ ທີ່ຢູ່ອາໄສ ທົ່ວປະເທດ ຄັ້ງທີ IV ປີ2015
Title, English:  Results of Population and Housing Census 2015
By:   Lao Statistics Bureau
Publisher, Year:  UNFPA, 2016
ISBN:  n/a
Cost:  Free

Results of Population and Housing Census 2015 (in Lao)Results of Population and Housing Census 2015 (in English)

Is it Lao or English? country image with Lao/Eng text

Friday, September 29, 2017

2017 Lao Fashion Week Wraps Up

By:  KPL, September 18, 2017

2017 Lao Fashion Week Wraps Up2017 Lao Fashion Week Wraps Up

(KPL) Lao Fashion Week 2017 up in Vientiane last Friday following successful five days of showcasing 100 collections of designers and emerging stars.

ຖາມຫຍັງກໍໄດ້ - Legal Terms

Ask Anything SeriesQuestion:  Where can I learn more about Lao law and legal terms in Lao language?

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Staples at Lao festivals

You'll always find these delicious big sellers at Lao festivals - sweet black rice and barbecue chicken.
Video Credit: LaoNewsTV, October 10, 2014

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Lao PDR Costs of Doing Business 2015

Title:  Lao PDR Costs of Doing Business 2015
By:  Investment Promotion Department of the Ministry of Planning and Investment
Publisher, Year:  Lao Ministry of Planning and Investment, 2015
Cost:  Free

Cover of Lao PDR Costs of Doing Business 2015

Monday, September 18, 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017

ຖາມຫຍັງກໍໄດ້ - Compassionate Support

Ask Anything SeriesQuestion: I have a friend who was from Laos and her husband is dying. Is there anything I can do or give to her to show her compassion during this time?

Monday, September 11, 2017

Lao Beauty Pageants Galore

If it seems like there's been a recent explosion of beauty pageants happening Laos or having Lao representation, you'd be correct with that.

Lao beauty pageant winners 2016/2017

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Rare and Endangered Asian Unicorn (aka Saola)

By:  The Saola Working Group, IUCN, July 7, 2017

Rare and Endangered Asian Unicorn (aka Saola)
Photo Credit:  IUCN, 1996

The second-annual World Saola Day, July 9, marks a renewed sense of hope and urgency for an international partnership developing the first-ever conservation breeding program for the saola, an antelope-like mammal so rare that no biologist has ever seen it in the wild. Although the partnership, coordinated by the Saola Working Group (SWG), has made significant advances in the protection of saola habitat in the Annamite mountain range on the border of Vietnam and Laos, commercial poaching remains rampant, leaving the saola teetering on the edge of extinction.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Hydro plants power Laos into middle-income status

By:  Wichit, Chaitrong, The Nation (Thai), September 3, 2017

The Lao government is leveraging its rich hydropower resources in a bid to lift the country out of lower-middle income status by 2020.

Speaking at the official opening of the Xenamnoy 2-Xekatam 1 hydropower plant in Champasak province on Friday, Minister of Energy and Mines Dr Khammany Inthirath said the landlocked country has progressed rapidly in producing electricity, which it now supplies to local communities as well as Thailand and other Asian countries.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Learn about the timber industry in Laos

Title:  Study for Understanding Timber Flows & Control in Lao PDR
By:  LTS International (Dr. Kevin Grace, Mr. Souksompong Prixar, Dr. Kaison Phengsopha)
Publisher, year:  European Forest Institute (EFI) and European Union Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (EU FLEGT) Action Plan, 2012
Cost:  Free

Monday, September 4, 2017

Hun Sen, Laos PM to Request Border Maps to Solve Dispute

By Phan Soumy, Cambodia Daily, September 4, 2017

Prime Minister Hun Sen met his Lao counterpart at Phnom Penh’s “Peace Palace” on Friday in an effort to further de-escalate tensions that flared up last month over Laotian soldiers occupying Cambodian land, with both agreeing to write a joint letter to the French president requesting border maps.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Tea, Zip Lining and Waterfalls

This video posted by Inthy Deuansavanh on Facebook combines some of my favourite things - drinking tea, zip lining and waterfalls. You too can experience this at Tad Fane, Pakse, Laos.

Love this video!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Phouvong Jewelry Calendar 2017 - September and October

Phouvong Jewelry Calendar 2017 - September and October
ບະຕິທິນຮ້ານຄໍາພູວົງ 2017 ເດືອນກັນຍາແລະເດືອນຕຸລາ

OECD Investment Policy Reviews: Lao PDR

Title:  OECD Investment Policy Reviews:  Lao PDR
By:  Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development
Publisher, Year:  OECD Publishing, 2017
ISBN:  9789264275985
Cost:  Free (online)

Book cover - OECD Investment Policy Reviews:  Lao PDR

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Nation prepares welcome for 5.2 million during Visit Lao Year 2018

By:  Souksakhone Vaenkeo, Vientiane Times, August 5, 2017

Lao tourism authorities will aim for a total of 5.2 million foreign tourist arrivals for Visit Lao Year 2018, representing a significant increase from last years' figures that saw the country witness a year-on-year decrease of some 10 percent.

Laos Moves to Restrict ‘Disordered’ Lottery System

By:  RadioFreeAsia News (RFA), August 23, 2017

Government authorities in Laos are moving to restrict informal and illegal lotteries in the one-party communist state, with one high-placed police source calling the situation at present “disordered” and “antisocial.”

A screen grab from Lao television shows a drawing from the state lottery, Nov. 17, 2016.  Screen grab

Saudi imposes temporary ban on poultry imports from Philippines, Laos over bird flu fears

By:  Xinhua News, August 23, 2017

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia has imposed a temporary ban on importing live birds, hatching eggs and chicks from the Philippines and Laos due to bird flu outbreaks, the Saudi Press Agency reported Tuesday.

Laos will send its first ever contestant to the next Miss Universe pageant

Original Title:  First ever Miss Universe Laos crowned
By:  Sisouphan Amphonephong, Vientiane Times, August 29, 2017

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Souphaphone Somvichith, has been crowned Miss Universe Laos 2017, following the contest final held last Saturday night at the National Convention Centre.

Ms. Souphaphone Somvichith

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Laos: Rice export value plummets in Q2

By:  Vientiane Times, August 24, 2017

VIENTIANE - The export value of rice in the first six months of this year fell by 42 per cent compared to the first six months of last year.

Laos’ exports to EU decline despite assistance

By:  Vientiane Times, August 24, 2017

VIENTIANE - Exports from Laos to European Union countries have declined and stagnated as the private sector has been unable to fully benefit from the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP).

Thursday, August 24, 2017

OPINION: Stabilising and creating confidence in Lao kip

By:  Somsack Pongkhao, Vientiane Times, August 24, 2017

VIENTIANE - Over the past decades, the Bank of the Lao PDR has tried to conduct stronger campaigns to encourage Lao people to use kip in trade exchange including displaying the prices of products in the nation’s own currency.

Laos: Lack of facilities prevent adequate treatment of chemical waste

By:  Vientiane Times, August 24, 2017

VIENTIANE - The correct treatment of potentially harmful chemical waste is proving to be a challenge in fulfilling the Law on Chemical Management, and large sums of money will be needed to effectively achieve this.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

When it's not so idyllic

While normally quite beautiful with its multi-tiered blue waters, 
Kuangsi Falls in Luangprabang after rainy floods in September 2016 doesn't look so appealing.
Ever see it like this?
Video Credit:  Two Boys One Trip via Youtube.

What’s behind Cambodia-Laos’ border flare-up?

By David Hutt, Asia Times, August 14, 2017

A boundary stone marking a border area between Laos and Cambodia. 
Photo: iStock/Getty Images.

After much sound, fury and troop deployments, it all ended with an embrace.

Lao and Cambodian troops have since February confronted one another at key crossings and military outposts that dot the two Southeast Asian nations’ 224-kilometer border in what was viewed as a mild escalation of a long-time dispute.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Troops Pull Back From Disputed Areas After Lao, Cambodian Prime Ministers Meet

By:  Radio Free Asia (US), August 14, 2017

Lao soldiers occupying an area south of the Sekong River claimed by both Laos and Cambodia have pulled back from the disputed zone following a meeting Saturday in which the prime ministers of both countries promised to work to reduce tensions, Cambodian media and other sources said.

Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen (L) and Lao prime minister Thongloun Sisolith meet in Vientiane, Aug. 12, 2017.  Photo Credit:  Tholakong/LaoUpdate.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Friday, July 14, 2017

Coffee, bagels and a loving push (the true Joma story)

By:  Francis Savanhkham,, July 13, 2017

Joma Bakery logo

Way back in 1994, a Canadian living in Vientiane opened a bakery. Much and More, as it was then called, had two main reasons for existing. One was to produce and supply sandwich bread to surrounding businesses. But its main purpose was to provide jobs for returning refugees, mainly Hmong people being repatriated into Laos.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Nam Nern Night Safari

The Nam Nern Night Safari is a 24-hour, boat-based tour deep into the jungles of Laos
in the Nam Et Phou Louey National Protected Area. (See
Video Credit:  Nam Et Phou Louey via Youtube

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Devotees nationwide mark Buddhist Lent

By:  Sisay Vilaysack, Vientiane Times, July 10, 2017

Devotees nationwide mark Buddhist Lent
Photo Credit:  Vientiane Times

Lao people from across the country attended takbaat (alms giving) ceremonies early on Saturday morning to welcome the beginning of Buddhist Lent known locally as Khaophansa.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

2nd FLE Bookfest 2017

This amazing literature events brings together booksellers, publishers and writers.
ເທດສະການອາຫານສະໝອງຄັ້ງທີ່ 2 / FLE Bookfest 2017 / VTE Book Fest
Credit: VTE Book Fest via Facebook, June 7, 2017

Monday, July 3, 2017

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Lao community in Assam, India welcomes the Lao Ambassador

Original Title:  Lao Leu community welcomes ambassador in India’s Assam
By:  Vientiane Times, June 21, 2017

Lao community in Assam, India welcomes the Lao Ambassador
Photo Credit:  Vientiane Times

Time and distance may have separated them, but the similarities and bonds of kinship between ethnic Lao living in India’s Assam state and the people of Laos remain strong. 

Believed to have settled in the region for three and a half centuries, many community members were unable to restrain their tears when they welcomed the Ambassador of Lao PDR to India and Lao Embassy staff to their village for the first time.