December 29, 2022

Book Festival Laos 2022 returned

Book Festival Laos 2022

Formerly called the "Vientiane Book Festival" and after having been on hiatus for 2 years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event has returned as "Book Festival Laos" this year.  In fact, even its Lao title in Lao language was changed.  It's considered the largest literature event in the country.

December 26, 2022

First Hmong Lao contestant becomes Miss Universe Laos 2022

Miss Universe Laos 2022
Photo Credit:  Miss Universe Laos

On October 8, 2022, the Miss Universe Laos pageant concluded with its first ethnic Hmong winner, Miss Payaengxa Lor, 21, having been crowned Miss Universe Laos.

December 21, 2022

Why tracking the most popular Lao Youtubers can be a challenge

Discussing charts and graphs

Have you ever seen websites that provide the ranking lists for the most popular Lao Youtube channels?  Here's an explanation of why you need to be weary of those numbers.

December 19, 2022

Meedee Books - Possibly the best Lao children's book publisher currently

There are a handful of Lao publishers of children's and kids books in Laos nowadays.  However, one of my favourites, and arguably the highest quality publisher currently, is Meedee Books based in Vientiane.

Please note this is not a paid ad.  I just love their books.  I wish these books existed when I was growing up. 

December 18, 2022

Laos based Youtube channels can now be monetized

Youtube logo

December 18, 2022 - As reported by and, Youtube has finally come around in allowing Lao youtubers to monetize their channels after years of Lao Youtube channels existing on the video sharing platform.

December 17, 2022

Celebrity British Chef Gordon Ramsay names Laos the number 1 food destination

December 17, 2022 - As reported by NextShark, a Youtube video interview by Cho Seung-yeon posted on December 2, the interviewer asked where Gordon thought the number 1 food destination is.  He responded with 3 answers but the first out of his mouth was Lao.  He went on to mention Vietnam and also the Spanish city of Madrid and again repeated Lao before the interviewer went on to the next question.

December 16, 2022

The return of the Lao National Games

2022 11th Lao National Games opening ceremonies celebration
Photo Credit: KPL, 2022

December 16, 2022 - After multiple delays in previous years, the 2022 11th Lao National Games is currently happening, from December 13-22.  This year the event is being hosted in the province of Xiengkhouang.

Hundreds of athletes from 17 provinces, Vientiane prefecture and four government ministries are competing and vying for medals and glory.

Crowds and long lineups of excited fans, cars and motorbikes have been noted throughout Phonsavan, the province's capital city, especially on routes going to sport venues.

December 15, 2022

Inflation in Laos reached new highs every month since May for 2022 so far

Inflation increasing

December 15, 2022 - While December's inflation rate won't be released until next month, as of this writing, the Lao Ministry of Planning and Investment's Statistics Bureau reported that for the month of November, Laos saw its highest inflation yet at 38.46%, a 23-year high.

December 14, 2022

Newly formed Lao Gymnastics Federation joins the Asian Gymnastics Union

FIG and AGU visits Lao Gymnastics Federation
Image Credit: Lao Gymnastics Federation on Facebook, 2022

December 14, 2022 - In what appears to be a newly formed sporting body of perhaps only a year old, the Lao Gymnastics Federation (LGF) has  appeared on the international scene along with its Facebook and Instagram pages.

August 26, 2022

Legendary war photographer Tim Page dies

Source:  Southeast Asia Globe, August 26, 2022

The Globe remembers Tim Page, whose raw images of the Vietnam War propelled a lifetime of engagement with Southeast Asia and commitment to honouring photojournalists and victims of conflict

(Monument man: Tim Page in Phnom Penh earlier this year. Photo: Sam Jam)

Tim Page lived the bravado of war correspondence since the day he escaped Laos on his 250cc motorbike, delivering photos of a failed 1965 coup attempt.

United Press International then dispatched the self-taught, 21-year-old British photographer, to Saigon to document America’s impending years of carnage in Vietnam. He had stumbled into photography after leaving home in England to travel across Asia at 17, but his raw, intimate images of conflict reached the pages of Time, Life and the world’s top media for the rest of the decade, contributing to a shift in public opinion against the war.  

August 02, 2022

7th International Conference on Lao Studies

7th International Conference on Lao Studies (ICSL)

The conference returns!  Since its last incarnation in 2019, this year's conference will see most of its segments being presented online with limited tickets being sold for in-person attendance.  To learn more, be sure to check out the links below.

July 23, 2022

Asia Times: Will Laos be sanction for embracing Russia?

By:  Asia Times, July 27, 2022

The Lao government claims neutrality over the Ukraine war but its actions have left some to question its impartiality as diplomatic pressure builds on Southeast Asian nations to line up with the US and West against Russia.

June 01, 2022

Lao athletes medal wins at 31st SEA Games

Lao athletes medal wins at 31st SEA Games in Vietnam

Lao athletes competed and won at the recent 31st SEA games in May 2022 held in Vietnam.  Read on to find out what events they won in. 

For some events, you might be surprised to hear that Lao athletes competed in such sports.  Below is the complete list of medal winners for Laos.


Gold: 2
Silver: 7
Bronze: 33

May 12, 2022

31st SEA Games - Opening Ceremonies

This year's Southeast Asian (SEA) Games were delayed from last year due to COVID-19 but have now begun in earnest starting with the Opening Ceremony on May 12, 2022 in Hanoi, Vietnam.  Go to time marker 27:27 in the video for the actual start of the ceremony.  Let the games begin!

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May 11, 2022

Lao Economy Grinding to a Halt as Fuel Crisis Deepens

By: The Diplomat, May 11, 2022

Motorists in the Lao capital Vientiane have been forced to queue for hours at petrol stations as a fuel crisis tightens its grip, the latest sign in a brewing economic crisis in the nation of 7 million.

According to a report in the state-run Laotian Times, crisis comes as the country’s COVID-19-hit economy has been buffeted by the impacts of rising global oil prices and a weakening local currency. The resulting fuel shortages have been seen in provincial areas for weeks, but arrived in the capital on Monday afternoon, causing motorists to line up for hours to fill their tanks, snarling traffic along major thoroughfares. According to a report by AFP, petrol stations are limiting customers to a maximum 500,000 kips (around $40) worth of fuel.

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March 02, 2022

How did Laos vote during the recent UN General Assembly over Russia's aggression in Ukraine?

Here are the voting results at the recent UN General Assembly on March 2, 2022, where members voted on the draft resolution A/ES-11/L.1 which demands that Russia unconditionally end its war against Ukraine and to halt its invasion of Ukrainian territory.

February 09, 2022

February 08, 2022

Beautiful Cinematic Travel Video of Laos

With beautiful clips of life in Laos, this video was shot professionally with a cinematic feel.  Even the background ambient music is enjoyable.  If you miss visiting Laos, you'll definitely enjoy watching this video!