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.

The Embassy of Vietnam in Vientiane is not the largest of foreign embassies in terms of the physical area it occupies, which is approximately 9,434.48m2 (101,551 ft2).  Instead those titles go to the American, French and Russian embassies.  And while it does not occupy the largest area, it should be noted that it has many buildings on the land that it does occupy that includes 4 large buildings, a court yard and tennis court.

Furthermore, the importance of its location is that it is directly across the street from the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Vietnam Embassy in Vientiane
Vietnam Embassy in Vientiane
Ambassador in Vientiane Mr. Nguyen Ba Hung
23 Singha Rd, Vientiane, Laos
Area:  9,434.48 m2
Photo Credit:  Google Maps

In addition to their embassy in Vientiane, there are also 3 consulates.  They are located in Luangprabang (1,661.29m2), Pakse (2,784.80m2) and Savannakhet (1,609.58m2).  Combining all those assets gives a total area of approximately 11,044.06m2.  Further, this would indicate that the Vietnamese have the largest diplomatic presence throughout Laos in terms of the number of staff and buildings.

The exact number of diplomatic staff at all these locations is not publicly known.  However the figure is expected to be in the hundreds.  This does not include any possible military presence (whether official or unofficial in other parts of Laos).

Vietnamese Consulate in Luangprabang
Vietnamese Consulate in Luangprabang (being rebuilt, 2016)
Consul General in LP Ms. Tran Van Tuan
No. 15/II Phothixalat Road, Watthat Village,  Luangprabang, Luangprabang
Area:  1,661.29 m2
Photo Credit:  Google Maps

Vietnamese Consulate in Pakse
Vietnamese Consulate in Pakse
Consul General in Pakse Mr. Sao Van Hieu
Consulate General of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Pakse
No 31 Phabat, Pakse, Champassak
Area:  2,784.80 m2
Photo Credit:  Google Maps

Vietnamese Consulate in Savannakhet
Vietnamese Consulate in Savannakhet
Consul General in Savannakhet Mr. Nguyen Nam Cuong
418 Sisavangvong Road, Khanthabury, Savannakhet
Area:  1,609.58 m2
Photo Credit:  Google Maps

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