Thursday, August 9, 2018

ເລາະລຸຍລາວ Episode 1

In this episode, explore Laos, the life, food, and Mekong River.  Video is in Lao language.

A former king brought back to life

Another incredible colorization by S. Phormma. This time it's for Lao King Oun Kham, former ruler of Luangprabang, who last ruled in 1894.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Attapeu victims to be compensated USD$59 per family

Ms. Baikham Khathiya, Minister of Labor and Social Welfare, stated that 500,000 kip (approx. USD$59) will be given to each family affected by the Attapeu flood. 
Credit:  Lao Economic Daily via Facebook, Aug 1 2018

Dams of Serendipity

By:, August 8, 2018

It's serendipitous that at the beginning of July, the UNDP, in collaboration with the EU and the Lao Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, ran a training on Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) as part of its capacity building program to strengthen resilience to disasters and to ensure proper recovery efforts.

UNDP PDNA Training
Credit:  UNDP Lao

The timing and the information in that week long course could not have been more on point, as fast forward to July 24, when the dam in Attapeu collapsed causing a massive flood that affected thousands of people, putting the new training into good use.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Lao contestant wins Mister United Asia 2018

Sanamxay flood death toll now at 34

Original Title:  Three injured people die, bringing Sanamxay flood death toll to 34
By:  Souksakhone Vaenkeo, Vientiane Times, August 7, 2018

VIENTIANE - Three people who were seriously injured when a flash flood hit Sanamxay district, Attapeu province, have died in hospital, bringing the death toll from the disaster to 34 as of August 5.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Laos registers 570 new businesses to half year

By:  Vientiane Times, July 19, 2018

VIENTIANE - The number of newly registered and expanded businesses in the capital increased almost threefold during the first six months of the year.

Chinese companies eye agriculture, industry cooperation

By:  Vientiane Times, July 20, 2018

VIENTIANE - Chinese businesses are interested in cooperating with Lao companies to carry out feasibility studies on agriculture and industrial production to boost bilateral trade and investment in Laos.

Lao car dealers come up with new policies to boost sales

By:   Ekaphone Phouthonesy, Vientiane Times, July 19, 2018

VIENTIANE - A number of car dealers in Vientiane have renewed marketing strategies to boost sales of their vehicles as they have been hit by lack of purchasing power in the capital.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Korean association’s 32 billion set to help the poor

By:  Vientiane Times, July 7, 2018

The Sharing Culture Arts Association of Korea has provided clothes, shoes, desks and chairs to benefit the poor to the Lao government worth over 32 billion kip (US$3,894,720).

Korean association’s 32 billion set to help the poor

Turn on to LAOSAT, TV broadcasters told

By:  Vientiane Times, July 10, 2018

Lao state and private television broadcasters are being requested to utilise the country’s own Laos-Pacific Pacific Satellite Co., Ltd. (LAOSAT).

LaoSAT news conference

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

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Voices of Viengxay

Title:  Voices of Viengxay - Stories from the 'Hidden City' - From interviews with people who lived under bombardment in northeastern Laos from 1964 to 1973
By:  Janet Potin
Publisher, Year:  Lao National Tourism Administration, 2010

Voices of Viengxay

Beer Lao Calendar 2018 - May/June

Beer Lao Calendar 2018 - May/June