January 29, 2024

Vehicles Queue Up at Petrol Stations as Vientiane Residents Fear Upcoming Fuel Shortage

Source:  Chono Lapuekou, Laotian Times, January 23, 2024 (updated January 24, 2024)

Over the weekend, Vientiane Capital started experiencing an increase in the number of vehicles lining up at petrol stations, raising worries about an upcoming fuel shortage. Residents’ reports suggest that numerous stations have exhausted their diesel stocks, with some now encountering shortages in both diesel and gasoline.

January 25, 2024

Laos holds festival to promote food products in foreign markets

By:  Xinhua News, January 24, 2024

Lao Food Festival - food stall vendor

VIENTIANE -- An annual Lao Food Festival has been launched here to attract foreign visitors to experience local food products and promote Lao food in the international market.

The festival runs for five days from Tuesday to Saturday with the theme of "Tasting Lao food, visit Laos year 2024," said Lao national TV on Wednesday.

January 17, 2024

Focusing on the Lao community and mental health

Instagram has become a great way to connect with the Lao community.  For those who use this social media, here's one worth checking out.  They discuss a variety of issues from entertainment to mental health and healing - all with a focus on the Lao community.  It's called HealingOutLaod.  Check them out!

January 12, 2024

Very useful Lao/English Buddhist book

Title: Short Dictionary of Religious and Buddhist Terms Lao-English  / ວັດຈະນານຸກົມນ້ອຍ ຄວາມເຊື່ອ ແລະ ພູດທະສາສນາ ລາວ-ອງກິດ
By:  Patrice Ludwig / ເພັດ ລາດວິກ
Price:  FREE

Book cover - Short Dictionary of Religious and Buddhist Terms Lao-English  / ວັດຈະນານຸກົມນ້ອຍ ຄວາມເຊື່ອ ແລະ ພູດທະສາສນາ ລາວ-ອງກິດ

January 04, 2024

Laos opens up about mental health amid poor professional support

Source:  SoutheastAsiaGlobe.com
By:  Beatrice Siviero, May 3, 2023

A field of new services and awareness groups sprouted during the loneliness of the Covid-19 pandemic. But with only one licensed psychiatrist in all of Laos and a lack of educational pathways to produce more, mental health issues often go untreated.

Lao-American Author Releases Children's Book "Noy's Journey to Belonging"

By:  EINPresswire.com and Beautiful Potential Consulting LLC, November 16, 2023

Lao book:  Noy's Journey to Belonging - A Quest for Courage

UNITED STATES, November 16, 2023 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Renowned Lao author Niphaphone Laura Robertson (formerly Sanavongsay) has unveiled her latest literary work, "Noy's Journey to Belonging: A Quest for Courage," aimed at addressing the scarcity of Lao literature in educational curriculums. Inspired by the Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History (TEAACH) Act of Illinois, Robertson's mission is to promote cultural representation and educate others about the history of Laos.

January 01, 2024

Laos government targets lower inflation rates in 2024

Source:  Laotian Times, December 29, 2023

Despite the country’s persistent efforts to curb inflation, Laos experienced an average inflation rate of 31.2 per cent throughout 2023. But the central bank and the Lao government are committed to taking action and reducing the rating by 9 per cent in 2024.

The latest report from the Lao Statistics Bureau reveals that inflation stood at 24.4 percent in December, although it showed a slight decrease from 25.24 percent in November.