March 01, 2024

The coffee chain taking over Laos

If you've visited Laos before you've probably seen and likely visited this store before.  It's Café Amazon.  Where does it come from?  And no, it has no relation to America's online retail giant that has the same name.

Cafe Amazon Laos - concept store - interior

February 20, 2024

It's lap, not larb

By:, February 20, 2024

Since there is no international set standard of how to write Lao words into English, you'll often see many spelling variations of the same word.  This is often dependent on who's writing and everyone seems to have their own way of writing it out - us included!

Lao language poster

February 19, 2024

How Valentine's Day is celebrated in Laos

By:, February 19, 2024

Like their international counterparts, Lao people will celebrate it on the 14th of February.  However, Valentine's Day is a relatively new celebratory day in Laos in that people have only really taken it on more within the last 5 years or so.

Heart shape image with "Love is in the air" written on the inside

February 16, 2024

Kpop Star Felix spotted in Laos

By:, February 14, 2024

Felix Yongbok Lee from the famous Korean k-pop band Stray Kids was reportedly spotted in Laos last week.  He chose to spend his Lunar New Year vacation there doing volunteer work.  News outlets and social media in South Korea began reporting the news on February 7, 2024. 

Felix Yongbok Lee

February 14, 2024

Laos to reap little profit from growth of farm exports

Source:  RFA Lao, February 9, 2024

A 20% year-over-year increase of agricultural exports from Laos in 2023 was largely on the back of Chinese plantations, according to trade officials, meaning that the country will reap few of the profits.

Members of the business community told RFA Lao that the government needs to review its approach to foreign investment while improving its agricultural output to avoid a deepening trade deficit and improve the living standards of farmers in Laos.

Laos urged to join Ottawa mine convention

Source:  The Star (Myannmar), February 12, 2024

Phnom Penh - Ly Thuch, first vice-president of the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA), has requested that Laos join the Ottawa Convention as the 165th state party, pledging that the kingdom will support Laos’ mine clearance efforts and adherence to the convention.