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.

Tuesday, February 27, 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.

Friday, February 23, 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.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tai New Year in Namaw, Oudomxay

If you're planning to travel to the northern parts of Laos, consider checking out this event in Namaw, Oudomxay, February 23-25, 2018.   It's the New Year celebrations of the Tai ethnic minority group. 12 ethnic groups in all will be attending and joining in the festivities and celebrations. One of the featured food items will be the edible bamboo.

ງານບຸນກິນຈຽງເຜົ່າໄຕ ມືອງນາໝໍ້ ແຂວງອຸດົມໄຊ ວັນທີ 23-25 ກຸມພາ 2018

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Longsy Sinakhone represents Laos at the Miss International Queen 2018

This year Lao contestant Longsy Sinakhone, who also goes by the name Jenly, will be in the Miss International Queen 2018 pageant.

It is the world's largest and well-respected beauty pageant for international transvestites and transgender individuals. Click below to learn more and to vote.

Elephant Festival 2018

This event is going on right now in Xayaboury. A mix of fun, revelry, and elephants.  Have a look at some of the pictures from the Grand Opening.

Lao Hip Hop Festival 2018

Lao Hip Hop Festival 2018

Vientiane Performing Arts Festival 2018

Vientiane Performing Arts Festival 2018

Laos has the youngest average population in Asia

Original Title:  How Asia’s Population is Ageing, 2015-2030 Scenario
By:  DataLEADS, February 15, 2018

NEW DELHI - The proportion of people aged 60 and over is projected to grow in all Asian countries with Japan and South Korea aging faster than their neighbours. Laos will remain the youngest nation in Asia.
Laos has the youngest average population in Asia

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Practical Law Global Guide 2018: Doing Business In Laos

By:  Dino Santaniello and Saithong Rattana, of Tilleke & Gibbons law firm
For:  Thomson Reuters Practical Law and LexMundi
Posted:  February 14, 2018


Practical Law Global Guide 2018: Doing Business In Laos


The Laos chapter of Global Guide 2018: Doing Business In..., a guide published by Practical Law in association with Lex Mundi, presents a comprehensive Q&A-style overview of doing business in Laos.

Lao Telecom Rakes in LAK 1.84 Trillion

By:  KPL News, February 15, 2018

Lao Telecom logo

Last year, Lao Telecom (LTC) raked in a pretax income of LAK1.84 trillion, increased by 1.8% from 2016.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Schools Closed due to Severe Cold Weather in Huaphan

By:  Phewphone Sonvilay, KPL News, February 2, 2018

Samneua, Huaphan, Laos

(KPL) Schools in the northern province of Huaphan were closed between Feb 5 and 9 as temperature decreased to as low as 3 degree Celsius.

Lao Factory Owners Say Proposed Wage Hike Will Shutter Businesses

By:  RFA's Lao Service, February 9, 2018
Translated by Bounchanh Mouangkham. Written in English by Joshua Lipes.

A worker on duty at the state-owned Lao Brewery bottling plant.
A worker on duty at the state-owned Lao Brewery bottling plant.
Source: AP Photo

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Geography Now! presents a brief overview of Laos

Ken and the team at Geography Now! share a brief overview of Laos.
Video Credit:  Geography Now! via Youtube

Kapok flower festival bolsters tourism in Bokeo

By:  Vientiane Times, January 29, 2018 

kapok flower - orange red

Bokeo province: Government officials and crowds of visitors from neighbouring countries flocked here for the colourful Kapok Flower Festival (Dok Ngiew Festival) which opened on Saturday in Tonpheung district and ends today.

Champassak holds annual Vat Phou festival to promote Visit Laos Year

By:  Siladda Souliyong, Vientiane Times, January 30, 2018

Vat Phou candle lit at night

Champassak district:  Hundreds of thousands of local people and foreign visitors yesterday attended the opening day of the annual Vat Phou festival here, which also marks the start of Visit Laos Year in the province.

Reinforcing Forest Governance for Legal Trade

Original Title:  Process Supports PM Order No.15 Reinforcing Forest Governance for Legal Trade
By:  KPL News, January 23, 2018

Process Supports PM Order No.15 Reinforcing Forest Governance for Legal Trade

The National Steering Committee held its 3rd meeting for the Lao-EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) process in Champasack Province on Jan 19 to report the progress of the process.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Tripartite Meeting Held to Discuss Minimum Wage Raise

By:  KPL News, January 30, 2018

Tripartite Meeting Held to Discuss Minimum Wage Raise

A tripartite meeting between the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, the Lao National Federation of Trade Unions, and the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry was held last week in Vientiane to discuss the raise of minimum wage from current 900,000 kip, approximately US$109, per month.

Minimum wage hike still problematic

By:  Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth, Vientiane Times, January 29, 2018

Image of Lao money

Businesses and factories may soon be required to increase the minimum wage from the present 900,000 kip to 1.1 million kip a month in a bid to improve workers’ standard of living.