February 27, 2017

Liberia Seeks Laos’s Help in Rice Self-sufficiency

By:  Liberia Observer, February 24, 2017

Liberia has made yet another friend on the world stage, this time, one that shares similar developmental challenges but has had success in noteworthy areas. It was on this trajectory that Liberia’s newly accredited ambassador to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Dudley McKinley Thomas, has presented his Letters of Credence to the President Bounnhang Vorachith.

Liberia’s Ambassador to Lao PDR, Mr. McKinley Thomas and President of the Lao PDR, His Excellency Mr. Bounnhang Vorachith. in discussion.

Laos president visits Cambodia amid border dispute

By:  Logan Connor, Southeast Asia Globe, February 22, 2017

Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace. Photo: Mariusz Kluzniak via Visual Hunt

Laos President Bounnhang Vorachith is set to arrive in Phnom Penh today for a two-day state visit amid a border dispute between the countries over a road being built in Cambodia’s Stung Treng province.

Colourful Lao Architectural Icons

Colourful Lao Icons

February 22, 2017

February 20, 2017

Lao Language: Words for Food

Lao Language:  Words for Food - written in Lao and English

One man and his tea

By:  Dr. Margaret Jones Williams, Vientiane Times, February 4, 2017

This story starts in 2008. On a misty morning, Phasi, a local farmer of Ngodphae village, in the northern Lao province of Xieng Khuang, climbed Phou San, a mountain close to his village. Huddled in a fleece jacket against the chill of the morning, he ascended higher and higher on the slopes.

February 18, 2017

Fruit jam, a must for your shopping list when visiting Champassak

By Xaysana Leukai, Vientiane Times, February 13, 2017

Champassak pineapple jam
Photo Credit:  Vientiane Times

If you go to Champassak province and are wondering what to buy for your friends in the way of souvenirs, you can't go wrong with a tasty jam made from pineapple, mango or tamarind.

February 17, 2017

Khammuan confiscates large illegal timber haul

By:  Vientiane Times, February 17, 2017

Yommalath district authorities in Khammuan province this week seized illegally harvested timber which was hidden inside a shipping container and buried underground at a sawmill in Donpeuay village.

Authorities take action against illegal satellite receivers

By:  Souksakhone Vaenkeo, Vientiane Times, February 17, 2017

Authorities have called for joint action to prevent illegal imports of satellite receivers after learning the receivers have been imported without permission from the relevant departments.

February 13, 2017

Outer Space and the Universe Explained in Lao

Title:  What's in the Sky?  ມີຍັງຢູ່ເທິງທ້ອງຟ້າ
By:  Sasha Alyson
Publisher, Year:  Big Brother Mouse, 2010

Lao book - What's in the Sky? cover

February 10, 2017

ຖາມຫຍັງກໍໄດ້ - The Real Lao Connection

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February 09, 2017

Lao Prime Minister Moves to Stop Land-for-Capital Deals

By:  RFA News, December 16, 2016

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith says he wants to end the Lao government’s policy of bartering land for development, in a reversal of a long-term practice that has seen large swaths of the country go to foreign-backed investors.

Lao Province Issues Banana Ban

By:  RFA News, January 27, 2017

Authorities in the northern Lao province of Bokeo suspended the operations of 18 Chinese-backed banana plantations after they discovered widespread violations of the regulations governing the use of agricultural chemicals, government officials told RFA's Lao Service.

Lao Officials Are Returning Money They Earned Through Corruption

By:  RFA News, January 24, 2017

Lao government officials found guilty of corruption charges are ‘voluntarily’ returning the money and assets they obtained through their illegal activities to the government, an official with the State Audit Organization (SAO) told RFA’s Lao Service.

February 06, 2017

Over 500 cyclists expected to compete in Laos tournament

By:  Xinhua News, February 1, 2017

More than 500 cyclists from Laos and overseas are expected to take part in the "Vientiane Cycling Season 1" event on Sunday.

Traffic accidents claim 97 lives in Laos in January

By:  Xinhua News, February 5, 2017

VIENTIANE, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) - A total of 97 people were killed while 992 others sustained injuries in traffic accidents in Laos in the first month of 2017, according to the Traffic Police Department of Lao Ministry of Public Security on Sunday.

Laos tourism suffers visitor decline

By:  Mark Elliott, Travel Daily, February 1, 2017

Laos experienced a sharp drop in visitor arrivals last year, mainly due to a decline from neighbouring Thailand.

February 05, 2017

From Honeybees to Pepperwood

Title:  From Honeybees to Pepperwood - Creative Lao Cooking with Friends
By:  Gustav Auer
Publisher, Year:  Friends International, 2011
ISBN:  097636073X
Cost:  USD$40

From Honeybees to Pepperwood cover photo