October 27, 2015

Lao Fashion Week 2015 - Grand Finale

The finale was a wonderful showcase of the some of the best and favored designs along with the designers themselves with their model.

Photo Credit:  Lao Fashion Week

Photo Credit:  Lao Fashion Week

LaoNewsTV - Lao Fashion Week 2015

Video Credit:  LaoNewsTV, September 8 2015.

October 24, 2015

Aerial Photo of Tat Luang

Aerial Photo of Tat Luang in Vientiane, Laos
Beautiful high angle aerial photograph of the Tat Luang in Vientiane Laos.
Photo Credit:  Bindoo Studio

October 23, 2015

US Embassy Shares What They Like About Laos

The American Embassy in Vientiane made a short video after getting 50,000 likes on their Facebook page.  In this video, the ambassador and his staff share what they like about Laos.  Surprisingly, they speak Lao quite well!

Video Credit:  US Embassy Vientiane

October 22, 2015

In Laos, An Invisible Minority Is Finding Its Voice

By:  Dominique Mosbergen, The Huffington Post, October 19 2015

This is the ninth part of a 10-part series on LGBT rights in Southeast Asia, which uncovers the challenges facing the LGBT community in the region and highlights the courageous work of activists there.


If there is one word to describe the LGBT community in Laos, the landlocked nation sandwiched between Thailand and Vietnam, it might just be “invisible.”

Laos, like Vietnam, is one of the world's few remaining communist states. And, like its neighbor, it has been strictly ruled by its communist government since 1975.

The country, which is predominantly Buddhist, has been condemned in recent years for its abysmal human rights record. The Department of State said in 2013 that “societal discrimination based on sexual orientation and against persons with HIV/AIDS” was prevalent, among other abuses of human rights.

LaoNewsTV: EU Celebrates LGBT Day in Vientiane

Not only is this a first time event of its kind for Laos but it's also the first time an LGBT community member was featured on Lao News TV.

Video credit:  LaoNewsTV

October 13, 2015

Faculty of Sciences ສາລະຄະດີ ຄວທ ຄະນະວິທະຍາສາດ - ມະຫາວິທະຍາໄລແຫ່ງຊາດ

Video clips featuring the Faculty of Sciences at the National University of Laos.  Very interesting to see the inner workings.  And for anyone else interest in studying there, it's a good introduction.

All video and film credits:  SPV Media and The National University of Laos.

ສາລະຄະດີ ຄວທ ຄະນະວິທະຍາສາດ (Faculty of Science)

October 12, 2015

All Print Articles on Laos From National Geographic Magazine

National Geographic is one of my favourite magazines.  I've tracked every print article they've ever done specifically on Laos in their main magazine.  Unfortunately, there hasn't been many. 

Photo Credit:  The Royal procession, pyre, and urn in Luangprabang, Laos.
National Geographic, 1961 August issue.

Here's the list.  If I've missed any, do let me know in the comments.  Keep in mind this doesn't include articles where Laos may have been a part of but not exclusively covered in a particular article.  It also doesn't include online coverage by National Geographic on Laos.

October 09, 2015

Google Streetview for Vientiane

Last summer (July 2014) Google announced that they would begin capturing images for their Streetview feature of Google Maps for Laos.  If you haven't checked it out yet the feature is now available.

Google Streetview for Vientiane
Photo Credit:  Google Maps

October 07, 2015

A Working Adventure in Laos

Dr. Chris Brown, a Canadian doctor, has been going to Laos for the past 15 years helping and teaching at the Lao University of Health Sciences.  The program that he is a part of is the Lao Rural Health Initiative by the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary.

A Working Adventure in Laos by Dr. Chris Brown and Lightfalls Production

He still lives and works in Canada, however he continues to make regular visits to Laos to contribute at the Lao university.  Further, it is by Dr. Brown's initiative that this story is being shared to to the world with this documentary which he made with the help of Lightfalls Production.

October 02, 2015

Top 3 Largest Foreign Embassies in Laos

The following are the top 3 largest foreign embassies in Laos in terms of the land area they occupy.  You might be surprised at how much area they cover.  Have a look.  Click images to enlarge.

Photo Credit:  American Embassies, Vientiane, Laos.
Digital Globe from Google Maps, 2015.