Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Learn more about Boun Krer - Khmu New Year

Credit:  Lao News TV, March 12, 2015

Happy Khmu New Year - Boun Krer

Khmu New Year harvest display
The Khmu ethnic group in Laos celebrate their New Year with Boun Krer towards the end of December. Pictured here is one of the many harvest displays and offerings.

1st Expressway in Laos Inaugurated

By:  Xinhua News (China), December 20, 2020

Aerial photo taken on Dec. 20, 2020 shows a view of the Vientiane-Vangvieng section of the China-Laos expressway in Vientiane, Laos.
Aerial photo taken on Dec. 20, 2020 shows a view of the Vientiane-Vangvieng section of the China-Laos expressway in Vientiane, Laos.

VIENTIANE, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- The Vientiane-Vangvieng section of the China-Laos expressway, the first highway in Laos jointly constructed by the Lao government and China's Yunnan Construction and Investment Holding Group (YCIH), was inaugurated on Sunday.

The opening ceremony was held simultaneously in Vientiane, the capital of Laos, and Kunming of  southwest China's Yunnan Province, via video conferencing.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Do you dream of noodles?

A variety of noodles on display at a Lao food market
At this food stall at a Lao food market, a variety of noodles are offered for sale and presented fresh and portioned for people to buy.  It's a noodle lovers dream!

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Happy Hmong New Year!

The Hmong ethnic group in Laos celebrate their new year, called Boun Kinchieng, with big celebrations that starts in late December.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

A picnic in the water

Paksong Laos - Picnic in the water
Bring your flip flops, food and friends.  
Have a picnic in the water at the foot of  these waterfalls in Paksong, Laos.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

14 New Cases of Covid-19 Confirmed in Laos

By:  Phayboune Thanabouasy, Laotian Times, November 23, 2020

The National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control has announced that Laos has confirmed 14 new cases of Covid-19.

According to a statement by Lao Deputy Minister of Health, Dr. Phouthone Muongpak, the 14 new cases included passengers returning from India and Russia on 20 November. All 14 individuals tested positive for Covid-19 while under quarantine in Vientiane.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Ms. Souvankham Thammavongsa becomes the 1st Lao-Canadian to win the Giller Prize 2020

Congratulations Ms. Souvankham Thammavongsa! Winner of this year's Giller Prize for her book entitled "How to pronounce Knife" published by McClelland & Stewart. She also recieves the $100,000 prize courtesy of Scotiabank.
She is the first Lao-Canadian to win this award.

Monday, November 2, 2020

Padupdin's coverage of Boun Tat Luang Festival 2020 Day 1-5

Episode 1 ກ່ອນຮອດມື້ບຸນທາດຫຼວງ ນະຄອນຫຼວງວຽງຈັນ
Before the Tat Luang Festival in Vientiane.
Credit:  Youtube user PadubDin ປະດັບດິນ, October 27, 2020.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

A favorite soup

ແຊບໆ ຮູ້ບໍ່ໂຕນີ້
Do you know this delicious soup?
#LaoFood #LaoCuisine #Lao #Laos #Laotian

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Happy Teacher's Day!

Lao National Teacher's Day

ວັນຄູແຫ່ງຊາດ Lao National Teacher's Day - October 7, 2020

Monday, October 5, 2020

Learn Lao Language: End of Buddhist Lent

Learn Lao Language:  End of Buddhist Lent
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ອອກພັນ​ສາ End of Buddhist Lent
#LearnLao #LaoLanguage #Lao #Laotian #ລາວ

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Lighting it up in Luangprabang

Awk Pansa in Luangprabang
Monks lighting up lanterns at their temple in Luangprabang.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

September 2020 - News Roundup ລວມຂ່າວ ເດືອນກັນຍາປີ2020

Laos Grilled on Disappearances, Speech Curbs at UN Rights Meeting
Radio Free Asia News, September 30, 2020

Laos, Thailand strengthen cooperation in foreign affairs
Vientiane Times, The Star (Myannmar), September 30, 2020

Laos improves business environment to attract int'l firms
Xinhua News, September 29, 2020

China-Laos railway holes all 75 tunnels
Xinhua News, September 29, 2020

Dengue fever cases still on the rise in Laos
Xinhua News, September 28, 2020

Laos credit downgrade signals 'real' default risk as China looms
Nikkei Asia News, September 24, 2020

Fitch Downgrades Laos to 'CCC'
Fitch Ratings, September 23, 2020

Laos’ excess power sparks export drive
Phnom Penh Post, September 23, 2020

Laos allows foreign nationals to own condominiums
Laotian Times, September 22, 2020

Storm Noul makes landfall in Vietnam, moves into Laos
Bangkok Post, September 18, 2020

Laos: Activists and rights groups demand release of Mouay
International Federation of Journalists, September 16, 2020

Lao trainees visit rail-welding yard in Vientiane, Laos
Xinhua News, September 13, 2020

Laos Launches TV Station Supported by China
Vision Times, September 26, 2020

Exclusive: Taking power - Chinese firm to run Laos electric grid amid default warnings
Reuters, September 4, 2020

Laos faces sovereign default as forex reserves dip below $1bn
Financial Times, September 3, 2020

Monday, September 28, 2020

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Learn Lao Language: The Weather

Learn Lao Language:  The Weather
ຮຽນພາສາລາວອັງກິດ Learn Lao and English
ອາກາດ The Weather
#LearnLao #LaoLanguage #Lao #Laotian #ລາວ

Nang Tolanee - Earth Goddess

Nang Tolanee - Earth Goddess
ນາງທໍລະນີ.  Artwork by: LM/

Monday, September 21, 2020

Learn Lao Language: Basics - Days of the Week


Learn Lao Language:  Basics - Days of the Week
ຮຽນພາສາລາວອັງກິດ Learn Lao and English
ມື້ວັນ Days of the Week
#LearnLao #LaoLanguage #Lao #Laotian #ລາວ

Monday, September 14, 2020

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Look up...way up

Patusai in Vientiane - ceiling artwork
Artwork at the ceiling of Patusai.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Need to stay in quarantine in Laos? Here are the approved hotels in Vientiane

Currently, there is still limited travel in and out of Laos.  For those who have been approved for entry, there is a mandatory 2 week quarantine.

Lao nationals are being held at quarantine facilities but also have the option of hotel stays as well.  For foreigners, only hotel stays are the options.  There are currently 19 government approved quarantine hotels in Vientiane.  Hotel stays are paid out of pocket.

Facebook partners with the Mekong River Commission to provide early flood and drought warning

Mekong River in Vientiane

Vientiane, Lao PDR/Hanoi, Viet Nam, 31 August 2020 – Facebook and the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat today launched a collaboration initiative to provide early flood alert and drought monitoring information to riparian communities and governments in the Lower Mekong region.

5 of the 7 prisoner escapees have been captured

Prisoners escaped from Phonthong Jail in Vientiane

Video Credit:  Lao Youth Radio, August 24, 2020

Fourteen Days: Inside a Quarantine Center in Laos

 By: Francis Savankham, Laotian Times August 21, 2020

COVID-19 quarantine center in Laos

A Facebook user by the name of Phonesamai Huisjes has recently risen to fame on social media for documenting her personal experiences in a state-designated quarantine center.

Monday, August 31, 2020

August 2020 - News Roundup

Thailand's CP Group to open first 7-Eleven store in Laos in 2022
Nikkei Asian Review, August 31, 2020

2,709 people being isolated in Laos amid COVID-19 concerns
Xinhua News, August 31, 2020

Laos thankful for Australia's help in finding COVID-19 vaccine
The Star (Myannmar), August 30, 2020

Laos to lose 483 mln USD in export revenue over COVID-19
Xinhua News, August 28, 2020

13 Vietnamese caught sneaking into Laos
VNExpress International, August 27, 2020

Russia to supply weapons, military hardware to Sudan and Laos
TASS (Russia), August 27, 2020

Laos ups its coffee exports by 100% to hit $40M
Vientiane Times, Phnompenh Post, August 27, 2020

Ancient megadrought may explain civilization’s ‘missing millennia’ in Southeast Asia
Science Magazine, August 24, 2020

View of China-Laos Railway
Xinhua News, August 23, 2020

He Fought For The U.S. In Laos. Later His Documentaries Connected Hmong Communities Worldwide
Valley Public Radio (USA), August 21, 2020

Unscathed by COVID-19, Laos gambles on megaprojects to revive its economy
World Politics Review, August 19, 2020

Illegal trade with terrestrial vertebrates in markets and households of Laos, Pensoft Publishers, August 19, 2020

Jungle Caviar - Urban Laotians pay handsomely for ant-egg soup
The Economist, August 15, 2020

Moody's downgrades Laos's rating to Caa2, outlook changed to negative
Yahoo News, Global Credit Research, August 14, 2020

Laos conducts over 30,000 tests for COVID-19
Xinhua News, August 10, 2020

4,455 people infected with dengue, 9 dead in Laos since January
Xinhua News, August 7, 2020

Public debt of Laos set to increase amid COVID-19
Xinhua News, August 7, 2020

Laos Tightens Border Controls as COVID Cases Surge in Vietnam
Radio Free Asia, August 7, 2020

Chinese workers and gamblers illegally stream into Laos to avoid quarantine (Italy), August 6, 2020

Agencies told to find ways to mitigate Laos dam impact
Bangkok Post, August 3, 2020

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Elements of deity decorations in Lao Buddhist Art

Elements of deity decorations in Lao Buddhist Art
Deities and Decorations ເທວາຮູບແລະເຄື່ອງປະດັບ
Drawing and descriptions by:  Bounlerng Vernvilavong ບູນເລີງເວີນວີລາວົງ 

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Learn Lao and English: Describing Food Flavours


Learn Lao and English:  Describing Food Flavours
ຮຽນພາສາລາວອັງກິດ Learn Lao and English
ອະທິບາຍລົດຊາດອາຫານ Describing food flavours
#LearnLao #LaoLanguage #Lao #Laotian #ລາວ

Friday, July 24, 2020

Monday, July 20, 2020

Learn Lao and English: Mining and geology related words

Learn Lao and English:  Mining and geology related words
ຮຽນພາສາລາວອັງກິດ Learn Lao and English
ການຂຸດຄົ້ນບໍ່ແຮ່ Mining
#LearnLao #LaoLanguage #Lao #Laotian #ລາວ

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Learn Lao and English: Sports and exercise related words

ຮຽນພາສາລາວ/ອັງກິດ Learn Lao/English
ກິລາ Sports
#LearnLao #LaoLanguage #Lao #Laotian #ລາວ

Monday, July 13, 2020

Young Lao orchestra performs old Luangprabang song

ສະບັບ ຕີ່ງນ່ອຍໆ - ຂັບທຸ້ມຫລວງພະບາງ
Youtube user:  Tingnoinoi

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Digital 2020 Report - Laos statistics digital banner

According to the most recent Digital 2020 report, Laos' internet, social media, and mobile use continues to rise, year on year.  In fact, it's a huge increase from last year's numbers.  Here's a close look at the numbers.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Remember to stay hydrated during these hot times

Lao ice tea, Lao coffee,  and fried bread dough
It's hot outside, remember to drink lots of liquids to stay hydrated.
Pictured above:  Lao ice tea, Lao coffee,  and fried bread dough

Sunday, July 5, 2020

The start of Buddhist Lent - July 5 2020

The start of Buddhist Lent - July 5 2020
ບຸນເຂົ້າພັນສາ 🙏
5 ກໍລະກົດ 2563

Beginning of Buddhist Lent 🙏
5 July 2020

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

A Lao food feast never looked so good

ມາເດີພີ່ນ້ອງ ກິນຮ່ວມກັນແຊບ
Come eat together, a feast of delicious #LaoFood

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Learn Lao and English: Fruits

Learn Lao and English:  Fruits
ຮຽນພາສາລາວ/ອັງກິດ Learn Lao/English
Fruits ໝາກໄມ້
#LearnLao #LaoLanguage #Lao #Laotian #ລາວ

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Facebook Milestone: 4000 Likes!!!

On this day, June 18, 2020, we reached 4000 likes on our Facebook page.  If you haven't already, please be sure to visit us and like, share and follow us on there.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Learn Lao and English: Ways to ask "how are you?"

Learn Lao and English:  Ways to ask "how are you?"
ຮຽນພາສາລາວ/ອັງກິດ Learn Lao/English
Conversation phrases - Ways to ask "how are you?"
#LearnLao #LaoLanguage #Lao #Laotian #ລາວ

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Learn Lao and English: Culture Related Words

#LearnLao / English

Culture Related Words

A Lao snack platter

Lao snack foods or a light meal
ມາເດີ ກິນຫຼີ້ນນໍາກັນ
Lao snack foods or a light meal.