Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Mark Wiens - Eats Lao Fish Salad

Famous Youtube food vlogger, Mark Wiens, did a trip to Laos in March 2018.  Here's one of his videos where gets to enjoy authentic home cooked Lao fish salad, among many other delicious items.  Video Credit:  Marks Wiens, March 25, 2018.

Want to visit an organic farm in Vientiane?

Ms. Bouavieng Phettphalanekham is creator of the Sethavongso Garden where you can visit and learn farming and agriculture.  Video Credit:  Vientiane Times, June 15, 2018

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Laos may see fewer enterprises registered in 2018

By:  Ekaphone Phouthonesy, Vientiane Times, June 13, 2018

VIENTIANE - More enterprises continue to open in Laos this year, though the total number of new businesses may not be as many as last year.  

Consider opening up medicinal plant gardens to tourists

By:  Xayxana Leukai, Vientiane Times, June 14, 2018

VIENTIANE - Lao people are celebrating Visit Laos Year 2018 by highlighting the country's many hidden tourist attractions and cultural activities throughout the country. 

Monday, June 11, 2018

Miss Tourism Queen Laos 2018

Ms. Varissara May Tangsouvanh represented Laos at the recent 
Miss Tourism Queen International pageant in Thailand in May, 2018.
In this video she shares with us Laos many beautiful points of interest.
Video Credit:  Miss Tourism Queen International 2018 via Ahacrh Channel.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

WOW Fashion Week 2018 in Vientiane

Bringing together fashion and music.
Video Credit:  TVLao via WOW Magazine, May 25, 2018

Top Five Lao Young Designers 2018 Announced

By:  KPL, June 1, 2018

Top five Lao young designers for 2018 have been announced at a press conference in Vientiane on May 30.
Top Five Lao Young Designers 2018 Announced

The top five young designers include Mr Kee Phearkhamngon, Mr Nanthaveth Boupha, Mr Visaphon Keovilay, Ms. Chindasanga Vongsouly and Mr Daovanh Inthavong.

Rainbow of Lao silk

Rainbow of Lao silk

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Prime Minister’s Order Gives New Hope for Wildlife

By:  KPL, June 4, 2018

The new Order by Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith on the management and inspection of prohibited wild fauna and flora is a significant step forward in the fight against illegal wildlife trade, tiger and bear farms, poaching and transnational trade in endangered species, WWF said on Thursday, May 31.

Don’t hunt or trade in prohibited wildlife, plants: PM

By:  By:  Souksakhone Vaenkeo, Vientiane Times, June 2, 2018

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has warned individuals and groups not to hunt or trade in prohibited and endangered wildlife and plant species, saying that violators will face strong measures.

Monday, June 4, 2018

IDAHOT 2018 Celebrated in Laos

The international community continues to support IDAHOT day in Laos.
IDAHOT stands for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
Video Credit:  LaoNewsTV via ProudToBeUsLaos, May 17, 2018

An in-depth study on Laos Rice Policy

Title:  Lao PDR's Rice Policy Study 2012
By:  Paavo Eliste and Nuno Santos
Publisher:  World Bank, 2012
Cost:  Free

Lao PDR's Rice Policy Study 2012

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Newly opened Lao Piak is one of only 2 Laotian restaurants in Seoul

Original Title:  Two female entrepreneurs' delicious adventure
By:  Yun Suh-young, Korea Times, May 27, 2018

Lao Piak's beef tendon noodles with homemade chili sauce.
Lao Piak's beef tendon noodles with homemade chili sauce.
Photo Credit:  Yun Suh-young

Korean companies expect to double investment in Laos this year

By:  Ounkham Pimmata, Vientiane Times, April 20, 2018

VIENTIANE - The Republic of Korea’s investment in Laos is expected to double in 2018 with more companies registering to do business through the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) Vientiane.

Laos: E-visa set to go online year-end, early 2019

By:  Souksakhone Vaenkeo, Vientiane Times, April 27, 2018

VIENTIANE - Electronic visa (E-visa) services are set to be offered at the end of this year or early next year in a move to attract more foreign tourists to take vacations in Laos.

More revenue generated by customs sector

By:  Vientiane Times, May 21, 2018

VIENTIANE - Revenue amassed in the four central provinces has exceeded the government’s target after authorities imposed stronger measures earlier this year to crack down on illegal trade with neighbouring countries. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Khaen instrument recognized by UNESCO

The people of Laos, including government officials, celebrate the khaen being recognized as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
Video Credit:  Vientiane Times, April 11, 2018

Monday, May 28, 2018

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Changing Lives in Laos

Title:  Changing Lives in Laos - Society, Politics and Culture in a Post-Socialist State
Edited by:  Vanina Bouté and Vatthana Pholsena
Publisher, Year:  National University of Singapore Press, 2017
ISBN:  9789814722261
Price:  USD$38
Book:  Changing lives in Laos

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Edible Insects in Lao PDR

Title:  Edible Insects in Lao PDR
By:  Yupa Hanboonsong and Patrick B. Durst
Publisher, Year:  Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, 2014
ISBN:  9789251083086
Cost:  Free
Edible Insects in Lao PDR


Monday, March 26, 2018

Mister Laos 2017

You've probably heard of the Miss Laos competition but did you know there's also a men's version?

Mister Laos 2017.  Video Credit:  Noy VX, November 29, 2017, via Youtube.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Want to learn English or Lao?

​ຢາກຮຽນພາສາອັງກິດຫຼືພາສາລາວ​ບໍ Here are some videos that might help you.

ການອອກສຽງ - Th,Ch,Sh.
Video Credit:  DICLaos, August 12, 2013, via Youtube

Friday, March 23, 2018

Russian diplomat translates perfect Lao

News clips of foreign diplomats occasionally speaking Lao at news conferences and during interviews can be seen across the internet.  But this clip takes the cake in an impressive display of Russian-to-Lao translation.

Video Credit:  Vientiane Times, September 8, 2015, via Youtube.

Young Russians singing a Lao song

Found this video recently, though it's from 2014.  Have you ever seen such a thing? Russian teenagers, while visiting Laos on a cultural exchange program, perform for the audience singing a Lao song with some dancing.  Quite impressive!

 Video Credit: MrBounthanom, October 28, 2014, via Youtube.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Can't get enough of the Tat Luang?

Beautiful aerial footage of the iconic Tat Luang during the day, sunset and at night.
Credit:  DBS Production, February 11, 2018

Lao expatriates pledge support for development efforts

By:  Somxay Sengdara, Vientiane Times, March 19, 2018

Ethnic Lao who now live overseas have pledged to do more to unify Lao communities in their countries, as well as preserving their original national identity and supporting the government’s policy of people-based diplomacy.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Chinese bank, already largest foreign bank in Laos, aims do to more

Original Title:  ICBC Vientiane eyes to become leading bank in Laos
By:  Xinhua News, March 16, 2018

VIENTIANE - Established in 2011, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) Vientiane Branch aims to become a leading commercial bank in Laos and offer the best banking services in the country in the coming years.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Explore Food Markets of Laos

This is such a wonderful new food market channel on Youtube that's called simply "Amazing Food". He's been posting videos of different food markets across Laos (and some from Thailand). Here are couple of videos here.

In Pakse.  Credit:  Amazing Food

Monday, March 12, 2018

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Laos closes wood processing plants to comply with PM’s Order

By:  Somsack Pongkhao, Vientiane Times, March 5, 2018

VIENTIANE - Some 349 wood processing plants and over 1,000 family-based furniture workshops have been shut down since the Prime Minister’s Order No. 15 was issued in 2016.

These drastic measures are intended to reform regulation of the timber industry and ensure that only finished wood products are exported.


Foreign currency deposits soar as people lose confidence in kip

By:  Ekaphone Phouthonesy, Vientiane Times, March 1, 2018

VIENTIANE - A large number of businesspeople and members of the public still deposit money in foreign currencies despite increased efforts by the Bank of the Lao PDR to promote the usage of the national currency, according to data from the central bank.

Image of Lao money, the kip

As part of its efforts to promote usage of the kip, the central bank has joined forces with the commerce sector to urge vendors in major towns to display prices in kip.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Lao Language: Other ways to say "how are you?"

When conversing in Lao there are a few different ways to say "how are you?".  However, each way of saying it has a subtle difference in meaning.  Learn them here...

Lao Language:  Other ways to say "how are you?"

Analysts warn economic losses from road accidents are immense

By:  Somsack Pongkhao, Vientiane Times, March 1, 2018

VIENTIANE - While road accidents have become the main cause of fatalities in Laos, the economic losses resulting from these tragedies are massive, analysts say.

Every day at least three people are killed in road accidents, mostly because of speeding, drunk driving or similar irresponsible behaviour.


Lao govt advertises 27 potential investment projects

By:  Ekaphone Phouthonesy, Vientiane Times, March 5, 2018

VIENTIANE - The government has compiled a list of potential development projects in which investment by the private sector is needed.

The list can be found on the Ministry of Planning and Investment’s website.

Bike for Her 2018

What a great success to a wonderful event! The Bike for Her 2018 completed on March 3 2018 in Vientiane. An event to help raise funds to stop violence against women and towards the Counselling and Protection Centre for Women and Children. Have a look!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Swift action to fill national coffers called for as Cabinet meets

By:  Souksakhone Vaenkeo, Vientiane Times, February 22, 2018

A meeting of the government’s executive cabinet has endorsed a call for swift and immediate action to speed up the employing of modern technologies and equipment for revenue collection in an attempt to close loopholes and revenue leaks and maximise revenue collection.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Laos: Temporary Suspension of Business Licenses in Certain Industries

By:  Dino Santaniello, Tilleke & Gibbins law firm, via Lexology.com, February 14, 2018

Laos has attracted substantial foreign investment in recent years, which has contributed to a surge in the establishment of legal entities, both local and foreign. However, the Lao government has noted that a number of legal entities have not actually been operating business activities in the country, nor have they fulfilled minimum requirements set out in relevant regulations. Moreover, the government found that several concessions that were granted are still not operational, or have been used as collateral or bargaining assets that were later sold to other investors for projects that were not originally part of the concessions granted.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Hotline helps government administration

By:  Somxay Sengdara, Vientiane Times, February 23, 2018

Hotline calls have helped the government gain a better understanding of public concerns allowing it to address their problems in accordance with the facts.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Over 3,000 to run Vientiane Half Marathon in Laos

By:  Xinhua News, February 23, 2018

VIENTIANE, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- More than 3,000 amateur and professional runners are expected to line up for the third Vientiane International Half Marathon on March 4, local daily the Vientiane Times reported on Friday.

The 3rd Vientiane International Half Marathon coming up March 4

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Laos sees marked shift in tourist appeal

By:  Nikkei Asian Review, February 18, 2018

Patuxai in Vientiane
Tourists in front of the Patuxai in Vientiane.  Photo Credit:  Laure Siegel

...In 2017, total arrivals declined by an annual 10%, for the second consecutive year. Back in 2015 Laos tourism reached an all-time high, with 4.68 million international arrivals.

Why Laos’ reliance on Chinese money could bankrupt the country

By:  ASEANToday.com, February 22, 2018

Image of Lao money/currency
Photo Credit:  Christian Haugen/CC by 2.0

World Bank economists assessed that China accounted for 35% of Laos’ public debt in 2012. They claimed this figure rose to around 44% by 2015. Public debt is now at an estimated 68% of gross domestic product (GDP). Around half of the borrowed money is from China.

Study abroad attractive as degree candidates cross borders

By:  Vientiane Times, February 19, 2018

The number of Lao students and officials studying outside the country is on the rise.

In 2017, more than 6,100 students studied in foreign countries.  Some 1,023 people received government scholarships, 2,181 people received exchange scholarships, and 1,891 people financed their own tuition.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Lao musical instrument Khaen declared humanity’s heritage

By:  Souksakhone Vaenkeo, Vientiane Times, February 20, 2018

VIENTIANE - The music of the Khaen, a Lao instrument, has been declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

Lao musical instrument Khaen declared humanity’s heritage

Boun Khaochi proves a traditional festival worthy of preservation

By:  Visith Teppalath, Vientiane Times, February 20, 2018

Boun Khaochi proves a traditional festival worthy of preservation

VIENTIANE - Boun Khaochi or Khaochi festival has echoed the lifestyle of the Lao people since ancient times and it is a fine tradition that has been passed on from generation to generation as it deserves to be preserved.