January 29, 2018

See Pak Ou Cave by drone

Locally, it's referred to as Tum Ting.  But most people know it as Pak Ou Caves.
It's located about 25km up river from Luangprabang.
Here's some beautiful drone video footage of the river and the caves.
Video Credit:  AlexPho via Youtube.

Buddhas, Caves and the Mekong River

Tum Ting.  Pak Ou Caves.  Luang Prabang, Laos.

January 27, 2018

What Did the Laos-Cambodia Security Meeting Achieve?

The interaction highlights ongoing efforts by both sides to manage contentious issues.
By:  Prashanth Parameswaran, The Diplomat, January 24, 2018

Lao and Khmer Ministers meet
Source:  KPL

Last week, Laos and Cambodia held another iteration of a key security meeting between the two sides. Though few details were publicly disclosed, the interaction once again highlighted ongoing efforts by the two Southeast Asian states to manage some key border issues that have previously threatened to undermine ongoing cooperation in other areas.

Where Are Russia-Laos Military Ties?

A look at defense relations between the two sides with the Russian defense minister’s visit.
By:  Prashanth Parameswaran, The Diplomat, January 24, 2018

Lao and Russian Defence Ministers.  Source:  AP
Lao and Russian Defence Ministers.  Source:  AP

This week, Russia’s defense minister paid a visit to Laos as part of a wider Southeast Asia tour. His trip put the spotlight on Russia-Laos military ties, which have been developing in recent years as part of the broader relationship between the two countries.

January 21, 2018

ETL's Calendar 2018 - January, February, March

ETL Calendar 2018 - January, February, March
ເດືອນມັງກອນ ເດືອນກຸມພາ ເດືອນມີນາ

January 18, 2018

Will costs continue to cage Laos’ regional connectivity?

By:  Buavanh Vilavong (Ph.D. candidate at the Australian National University), East Asia Forum, January 13, 2018

Laos is among the fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia: economic growth has averaged 7.8 per cent over the past decade. Despite the slow recovery of the global economy, the country’s growth rate was 6.9 per cent in 2017 and is expected to be 7 per cent in 2018. This is buoyed by an expansion in electricity production, manufacturing and agriculture, and it occurs despite a slight drop in tourist arrivals.

January 17, 2018

Laos northern provinces prove more popular with visitors

By:  Vientiane Times, January 14, 2018

Nam Kat Yorlapa Resort in Oudomxay
Tents for campers at the Nam Kat Yorlapa Resort in Oudomxay province.

Marketing manager of the Meuang Lao tour agency in Luang Prabang province, Khamsouk Phonesavanh, told Vientiane Times on Wednesday that package tours to the central and northern provinces were up 10-15 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Laos transfers 104 telecom fraud suspects to China

By:  Xinhua News, January  12, 2018

Laos transfers 104 telecom fraud suspects to China

Photo taken on Jan. 12, 2017 shows the handover of telecom and online fraud suspects at Wattay International Airport, Vientiane, Laos. A total of 104 telecom and online fraud suspects were handed over to China on Friday in Laos' capital city Vientiane. (Xinhua/Liu Ailun)

January 16, 2018

United States expands assistance for UXO clearance

By:  Vientiane Times, January 15, 2018

United States expands assistance for UXO clearance
Handover ceremony.  Photo credit:  Vientiane Times

The United States has provided more assistance for the clearance of unexploded ordnance in Laos to prevent local residents being injured, disabled or killed.

Living off the land

The international NGO, GIZ Laos, is helping to improve the livelihoods and land rights for those in Northern Laos, especially among ethnic minorities. This 11 minutes video is a short profile of their wonderful work so far.

Food Market Upclose - Snake in a bottle

Market Upclose - Snake and scorpion in a bottle

January 11, 2018

Lao forests remain under threat

By:  Somsack Pongkhao, Vientiane Times, January 11, 2018

Logging site in Bolikhamsai, Laos
Bolikhamsai, Laos

National Protected Areas (NPAs) are still under threat from illegal logging and wildlife hunting despite stronger measures imposed by the authorities to curb illicit activities.

Possibly the largest case of private sector fraud in Laos

Original Title:  800 billion kip declared lost to PS Lao Enterprise
By:   Souksakhone Vaenkeo, Vientiane Times, January 9, 2018

PS Lao Enterprise logo

More than 30,000 people have declared that they deposited a combined 800 billion kip with PS Lao Enterprise after the company unlawfully solicited money from them, authorities said yesterday.

January 10, 2018

Where does it go?

 "Where does it go?" by Sophie Vongkhamsa 
"ເຈົ້າເຄີຍຄິດບໍ່ວ່າ ຂີ້ເຫອື້ຍ ໄປຢູ່ໃສໝົດ?" ໂດຍ ໂຊຟີ ວົງຄຳເສົາ

January 09, 2018

Meet up with archeologist specializing in Lao discoveries

If you have an interest in Lao archeology, you might be interested in this event that's soon to happen on January 12, 2018 at the American Center in Vientiane. And if you're not able to see it in person, they're planning to stream it online as well. See below.

Locust outbreak spreads further across northern provinces in Laos

By:  Vientiane Times, June 9, 2017

Yellow spined bamboo locusts

VIENTIANE - The yellow-spined bamboo locust outbreak is expanding in northern provinces despite the best efforts of surveillance teams at central and local level to control the insects with chemical spraying.

Book Festival 2017 Launched Promoting Reading

By:  KPL News, December 21, 2017

Book Festival 2017 Launched Promoting Reading

Book Festival 2017 was launched Thursday at ITECC Mall in Vientiane Capital, drawing a wide range of books of novels, poems, short stories written by local and foreign authors.

January 05, 2018

Population of Laos' Savannakhet province swells to 1 million

By:  Somsack Pongkhao, Vientiane Times, January 5, 2018

VIENTIANE - Savannakhet province now has a population of 1 million people, making it the most populous province in Laos, the provincial Statistics Bureau reported on Thursday.

The founder of the Luangprabang Film Festival

Video Credit:  Art Thomya Journey via Youtube, March 1 2017

January 04, 2018

Known as the Asian Sensation

Andre Soukhamthath is a Lao MMA fighter who competes in the UFC.
Video Credit:  Anatomy of a Fighter via Youtube, Deceber 27, 2017

January 03, 2018

ໄກ່ຕີ Cock fighting in Laos

A video profile by the Lao Cinema Department about cock fighting (ໄກ່ຕີ gai dtee).
Video Credit:  LaoFilm LaoCinema via Youtube on May 27, 2012

Not often do you find a Lao Jewish person

Original Title:  A Refugee from Laos Finds a Home in the Jewish Community
By:  Ruth Abusch Magder, MyJewishLearning.com, August 8, 2017

Souksavat Soukhaseum
 Souksavat Soukhaseum.  Photo Credit:  Julian Voloj.

January 02, 2018

ຖາມຫຍັງກໍໄດ້ - How it all began

Ask Anything Series on Laoconnection.comQuestion:  How did you come up with Laoconnection.com?  I'm curious to know what was the environment in which it was born out of?