Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Xekong: A destination for adventurous tourists who love nature

By:  Vientiane Times, December 23, 2017

Xekong jungle camping

XEKONG - Xekong province, located in the heart of southeastern Laos, is not very developed but is a favourite with tourists who enjoy trekking in the deep forest and learning about the lifestyle of ethnic people.

Businesses gain access to job market info via website

By:  Vientiane Times, December 25, 2017

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VIENTIANE - Lao businesses will soon be able to access crucial information via a government-owned website that will also provide updates on job opportunities and other useful data regarding the demand and supply of labour.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Land should benefit everyone: Lao PM

By:  Somxay Sengdara, Vientiane Times, December 25, 2017

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VIENTIANE - Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has stressed that the government’s policy on land use should add value to land and benefit everyone in the country.

Tourism falls in first 9 months of 2017, Chinese tourists increase

Original Title:  Laos: Tourist arrivals fall by 9 per cent in Jan-Sept
By:  Souksakhone Vaenkeo, Vientiane Times, December 20, 2017

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VIENTIANE - The number of foreign tourists visiting Laos in the first nine months of this year dropped by 9.1 per cent to just over 2.88 million people compared to the same period last year.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Corruption causing major loss to Laos

By: Somsack Pongkhao, Vientiane Times, December 18, 2017

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VIENTIANE - The state lost more than 480 billion kip (US$57.53 million) through corruption over the past five years, and this directly affected national development and poverty reduction efforts in Laos, the State Inspection Authority (SIA) has said. 

Food Market Upclose - Beetles

Friday, December 15, 2017

Kompin ໂຄມປິ່ນ

Watch how kompin ໂຄມປິ່ນ (pronounced kohmbeen) - a Lao version of shadow paper lantern puppetry of sorts - as they're being made.
Video by:  Xeng Yang via Youtube user AtMyLibrary

Lao PM seeks improvements across legal, judicial sectors

By:  Vientiane Times, December 7, 2017

VIENTIANE - Sectors responsible for enforcement, administration, prosecution and adjudication of the law must do all they can to ensure that innocent people are protected and offenders punished, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith told a meeting in the capital on Tuesday.

Laos Airlines cut ticket prices to stimulate tourism

By:  Vientiane Times, December 7, 2017
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VIENTIANE - Lao Airlines, the national flag carrier, is decreasing the price of tickets on domestic and international routes in a bid to stimulate tourism within the country.

The airline’s decision to reduce the price of tickets coincides with the traditional high season for tourists.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Overvalued development projects face scrutiny in Laos

By:  Somsack Pongkhao, Vientiane Times, December 12, 2017

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VIENTIANE - Stronger measures have been put in place to address the problems related to overvalued state investment projects, a senior official has confirmed.

Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Dr. Kikeo Chanthabouly told Vientiane Times on Friday that the government was announcing measures to enforce laws strictly to ensure the effective expenditure of the State budget.

BCEL launches cashless payment system in Laos

By:  Vientiane Times, December 2, 2017
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VIENTIANE - Banque pour le Commerce Exterieur Lao Public (BCEL) has launched a new service called ‘OnePay’- a mobile phone app that allows users to pay anyone, anywhere, directly from their account by simply photographing a QR code.

8th FMK International Dance Festival

8th FMK International Dance Festival

Sunday, December 10, 2017

A brief look at Lao-South Korean diplomatic relations

A brief look at Lao-South Korean diplomatic relations

The relationship between the two countries has grown considerably in just the last 10 years.  Foreign investment and the number of tourists from South Korea to Laos has skyrocketed.  Here's a brief look at their diplomatic relations.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Vat Haw Pakaew received a new crown

In Vientiane, the famous Vat Haw Pakaew, received a new crown
after its renovations in 2015.
Video Credit: Vientiane Times, May 3, 2015

Heavy debt load in Laos

By:  David Hutt, Asia Times News, November 4, 2017

Twenty years since the 1997 Asian financial crisis, analysts are once again looking skeptically at potentially unsustainable debt piles in the region. Largely untouched by the ’97 collapse, Laos could get pulled into a new era of financial turmoil.