Thursday, November 16, 2017 08:38 PM -0500 ------ Update at least once a day...

November 13-19, 2017

China Focus: TV, beer and railways - bringing Laos and China together (XinhuaNet)
"Speaking Chinese will open up new opportunities for me. With many Lao people keen to learn Chinese, when I go back home after graduation next year, I will teach Chinese language, culture and politics," said Tala, from Vientiane, Laos. Tala, a master's student at Guangxi University, is also one of hundreds of thousands of Lao fans of Chinese TV programs. In 2015, China helped
Laos: The Mekong, Dammed to Die (Mena FN)
In Laos, the lush forests are alive with the whines of drills that pierce the air. On the Mekong, a giant concrete wall rises slowly above the trees. The Don Sahong dam is a strong symbol, not only for a power-hungry Asia but also for what critics fear is a disaster in the making. Landlocked Laos wants to become ‘the battery of Southeast Asia'. The mountainous country with swirling rapids has
Laos, China break ground for [~$90 mil] modernized Mahosot Hospital (VT or KPL)
President Bounnhang Vorachit and his visiting Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping yesterday broke ground for the start of construction of modern facilities to replace Vientiane’s Mahosot Hospital. The new hospital will be built, equipped and financed through a grant from China worth more than 751.6 billion kip (more than 600 million yuan). Construction is slated for completion in 2020.
Xi urges China, Laos to build community of shared future (XinhuaNet or KPL)
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday reviewed the China-Laos relations as "friendly socialist neighbors" and called on both sides to jointly build a community of shared future with strategic significance. Xi made the remarks in a signed article published in Laos' mainstream media including the Pasaxon (the People), Pathet Lao and the Vientiane Times as he embarked on
President Xi Jinping to arrive in Vientiane on Monday (VT)
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Vientiane today on a state visit to Laos from November 13-14. The two-day state visit by President Xi and his delegation is in response to an invitation from Lao President Bounnhang Vorachit. The following is a biographical sketch of Xi Jinping: Xi Jinping, male, Han ethnicity, was born in June 1953 and is from Fuping, Shaanxi province. He began his
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Japanese buses get into gear in city centre (VT)

... Lancang-Mekong protection makes gains (CCTV)

... US backs opening of Lao Women’s Entrepreneurial Centre (VT)

... Toyota Mekong Club Championship 2017 Kicks off Next Month (KPL)

... Champassak to launch Visit Laos Year 2018 at Vat Phou Festival (VT)

... UNICEF Donates Equipment to Promote Child Related Priorities (KPL)

... Kon Tum, Lao provinces work to enhance shared border (VietnamPlus)

... Chinese developers investing US$100 m in Boten SEZ shopping centre (VT)

... Lao-Thai-Hmong in US: 172 pounds of pot seized from rented SUV (Mail Tribune)

... Entertainment venues in Laos ‘must be 500 metres away from specific places’ (VT)

... 10,000 Lao workers upgrade status in Thailand (VT)

... Lao Govt committed to recovering unpaid taxes (VT)

... Don't speak Korean, don't apply for work in Korea (VT)
... Amendments Proposed for Law on Intellectual Property (KPL)
... Chiense President Xi Jinping Wraps up State Visit to Laos (KPL)

... Hongsa Supports Traditional Boat Racing in Ngeun District (KPL)

... Lao NA seeks radical changes to Law on Criminal Procedure (VT)

... China-Laos railway project set to be complete by late 2021 (People)

... Chinese President extends heartfelt thanks for warm hospitality (VT)

... UNICEF Donates Equipment to Promote Child Related Priorities (KPL)

... 11 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions & Things to Do in Laos (Planet Ware)

... Vietnam starts construction on education facilities in Laos (VietnamPlus)

... Laos Repatriates Teenage Girl Who Fled Thai Construction Camp (RFA)

... Lao Deputy PM lauds Vietnam home affairs ministry’s support (VietnamPlus)

... Luxembourg gives boost to five development sectors worth 75 mil euros (VT)
... Land Rover Velar Arrives in Laos Market (KPL)
... Laos: Ministry puts school textbooks online (VT)
... ADB grant to scale up sanitary management (VT)
... Chinese president meets Lao PM on ties (Global Times)
... Laos PM leaves PH ahead of Asean culmination (Inquirer)
... Grand Beauty Fast Draws Cosmetics Shoppers in Laos (KPL)
... Xieng Khuang to celebrate popular rice variety with festival (VT)
.. Teachers from Laos learn from Frenchtown schools (Missoulian)
... Xi calls for more China-Laos cooperation in public welfare (China)
... TV Lao Announces Lanexang Securities as Financial Advisor (KPL)
... Xi meets Lao family, recalls time-honored friendship (Global Times)
... China, Laos agree to increase legislative exchanges (Global Times)
... Dishonesty too frequent in court verdicts, Lao NA members say (VT)
... Laos to expand coffee plantations, eyes 1 million tonnes by 2025 (VT)
... Xi wraps up state visit to Laos with strengthened partnership (Global Times)
... Laos warmly greets Xi in first state visit (ECNS)
... Lao PM reiterates ASEAN success at summit (VT)
... Laos, China agree to deepen ties, ink 17 deals (VT)
... Xi meets former Lao president Choummaly (ECNS)
... Rail line lays tracks for change in Laos (China Daily)
... China-Laos rice trade has considerable potential (Global Times)
... Minister: Laos, China enjoy robust cooperation in trade, investment (VT)
... Launch of Visit Laos-China Year 2019 ‘highly possible’, minister says (VT)

... China's President Xi Jinping Visits Laos for Strengthened Ties, Cooperation (KPL)

... China-Laos railway on track as project set to be completed in 2021, despite challenges (GT)
... Chinese firms eye Laos opportunities (ECNS)
... Laos working hard to rise above LDC status (VT)
... President Quang meets with top leader of Laos (VOV)
... Bomb's Journey - Rebecca Rusch Returns to Laos (MSN)
... Laos trip to be a milestone, ambassador says (China Daily)
... Furniture IC Working Council Meeting Held in Vientiane (KPL)
... Laos, China publish books on Lancang-Mekong cooperation (VT)
... S. Korean Funded Paediatric Training Centre opens in Vientiane (VT)
... Miss International Laos shines at Miss International pageant in Japan (Nation)
... Lao President highlights connectivity as vital for international cooperation (VT)
... Russia, Laos to strengthen partnership in various areas - Russian PM (TASS)
... Economic Diversification, Structural Reforms Needed For Growth in Laos (VT)
... How to Spend 4 Days in Luang Prabang, Laos: Street Food, Temples, Waterfalls...(CN)

November 6-12, 2017

Laos, China expect to ink 17 deals (VT)
Laos and China are expected to sign 17 cooperation deals during the upcoming state visit to Laos by Chinese President Xi Jinping, Lao Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith said yesterday. Mr Xi, who was reelected as General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, will visit Laos from November 13-14 at the invitation of his Lao counterpart
Chinese Developers Abandon International Airport Project in Laos SEZ (RFA)
An international airport project scheduled for construction by a Chinese developer in northwestern Laos’s Bokeo province has been canceled so that an airport built earlier in the province may be upgraded instead, sources say. The abandoned project was to have been built on land taken by the King Romans Group from local villagers in 2014, a move leading to standoffs between angry
Life in Luang Prabang's slow lane (Nation)
RECOGNISING THE potential for border trade along the Mekong River, sharp-eyed Chinese entrepreneurs have flooded into Laos in recent years pouring billions into mega infrastructure projects as well as luxury hotels and shopping malls. Fortunately, though, they have left the ancient royal capital of Luang Prabang relatively untouched and the town has succeeded in retaining its glorious cultural heritage. Sitting at the confluence of the Mekong and Khan rivers, Luang Prabang has long been a popular holiday destination. Tourists from all over the world
EUR 500 Million Forecast as EU Assistance to Laos (KPL)
The EU has forecast a budget of about EUR 500 million in assistance to Laos from 2016 to 2020 to improve the health and related sectors. The EU financial assistance will focus on improving six main sectors namely agriculture, sustainable development, nutrition, governance, health, and education. “For many years, the EU has been playing an important role in helping to improve
Heavy debt load in Laos (Asia Times)

The IMF found that Laos’ external public and publicly guaranteed (PPG) debt rose from US$5.4 billion in 2014 to about US$6.5 billion by the end of 2015, or roughly 52% of gross domestic product (GDP). The figure is estimated to be even higher now. Debt sustainability concerns are rising as Laos’ recent fast economic growth, averaging around 8% from 2011 to 2014, has more recently
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Vieng, Laos: Flower Power (Auklander)
... Lao edition of book on Xi Jinping published (VT)
... 2nd LAO ICT EXPO to Fall Early Next Year (KPL)
... New Mittaphab Hospital buildings to open next year (VT)
... Front President Receives Lao Diaspora Delegation (KPL)
... Rural poverty depriving people of basic needs, services (VT)
... Laos delegation visits Nameri National Park (Assam Tribune)
... Thai-Laos Cross Border Bus Service Inaugurated (Bernama)
... Officials up to speed for Roundtable meeting in Champassak (VT)
... Winners of Vietnam-Laos relations contest honoured (VietnamPlus)
... Five-star Hotel Committed to Promoting Laos to Foreign Visitors (KPL)
... Luang Prabang Festival Increases Industry Support Role in SE Asia (Variety)
... Xi Jinping: The Governance of China Lao Version Publication Launched (KPL)
... Chinese Ophthalmologists Help Lao People Remove Cataracts for Free (KPL)
... Laos team on green trip to India (Telegraph)
... Two new foreign ambassadors appointed to Laos (VT)
... Xekong preparing festivals, fun events for 2018 visitors (VT)
... China Plays Significant Role in Mining Growth in Laos (KPL)
... Great potential exists to expand Laos-China cooperation (VT)
... Laos, Vietnam strengthen rural development cooperation (VT)
... Soccer: Vietnam crush Laos at AFC U19 event (VietnamNews)
... Revised laws the key to boosting revenue collection in Laos (VT)
... China shows support for new era of Laos relations (China Daily)
... Mekong region sees airports as the way forward (Bangkok Post)
... Thais Grab More Medals at Beer Lao International Series 2017 (KPL)
... Contest on Vietnam - Laos special relations reviewed in Ha Nam (VietnamPlus)
... Lao President to attend APEC meeting (VT)
... Govt upgrades Luang Prabang from town to city (VT)
... Regional tourism project set to start next month (VT)
... KPL DG’s Interview Highlights Xi’s Coming Visit (KPL)
... Laos: Edutainment to Promote Financial Literacy (KPL)
... Australia, Japan support health service improvement (VT)
... Lao Rugby Federation Announces 2017 Mekong Cup (KPL)
... China attaches great importance to relations with Laos (VT)
... Experts call for cooperative approach by development partners (VT)
... Lao news chief highlights Chinese president's upcoming visit (ECNS)
... Lao President to Attend Informal ASEAN-APEC Leaders’ Meeting (KPL)
... Five Thai Nationals Sentenced To Life For Murder Of Two Lao Women (BT)
... Agrotourism-oriented Phutawen Farm to Open for Visitors Next Month (KPL)
... A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA (TF)
... American PR Partners with Lao Company to Develop a 67,000-acre Gold Mining Project
... Beautiful Laos (Global Times)
... UN Rights Expert Launches Visit to Laos (KPL)
... Laos, Malaysia reaffirm business cooperation (VT)
... Reform of EDL underway, Lao parliament told (VT)
... Chinese Film Festival Tour Launched in Vientiane (KPL)
... New law to promote, control technology transfer in Laos (VT)
... Lao PM visits construction site of China-Laos railway (ECNS)
... Lao PM Visits Families Affected by Nam Ou 1 Hydropower Project (KPL)
... Thailand Firm to Manage Ban Mom Mekong Port in Laos for 40 Years (CRT)
... PM urges full steam ahead for northern development, Laos-China railway (VT)
... Borikhamxay to kick off Visit Laos Year with Phabatphonsan Stupa festival (VT)
... Laos, Mekong countries discuss challenges to economic development (Inquirer)
... WWF: 10 of the Most Widely Traded Endangered Species in Golden Triangle Markets
... EU confirms further support for Laos (VT)

... A happy Lao-Hmong New Year to all (WSAW)

... Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit Laos (VT)

... How Hydropower in Laos May Choke Vietnam (BPR)

... 3rd National Nutrition Meeting Held in Vientiane (KPL)

... That Luang Festival marked in Vientiane, Laos (Global Times)

... Lao students take on Asean Data Science Explorers project (VT)

... Ten more investment projects revoked, Lao parliament told? (VT)

... Over 800 Tonnes of Rice Reliesed for Disaster-hit Provinces (KPL)

... Lao Govt vows to retrieve billions lost to misuse, illegal imports (VT)

... Lao NA member calls for solutions to tourism issues in the south (VT)

... Lao-Hmong celebrate Lunar New Year at Seattle Center (Seattle Times)

... Lao-Thai Border: Fight to save key Mekong rapids not over (Bangkok Post)

... China, Laos vow to build strong community of shared destiny (Global Times)

... Laws on State Procurements Will be More Strengthened, Says Minister (KPL)

... Xi's Vietnam, Laos visit to enhance Asia-Pacific cooperation, bilateral ties (China)

... Restaurant Review: L’Éléphant Vert Serves Up Vegetarian French-Laotian Fusion (CN)

Oct 30-Nov 5, 2017

Ensuring the survival of elephants in Laos: A matter of economics (Eurek Alert)
Asian elephant populations in Laos, which are under a process of commodification, have dropped by half in the last 30 years. According to researchers[1] from CNRS and the French Beauval Nature association for conservation and research, the dynamics of elephant populations depend heavily on the socio-economic practices of the country and elephant owners.
Laos’ Phouvong Jewelry receives ASEAN business award (Inquirer)
Better known as a top gold shop in Laos, Phouvong Jewelry has reaffirmed its commitment to further producing quality products to meet regional and international standards. This commitment was confirmed recently by Phouvong Jewelry’s Deputy Managing Director, Mr. Chanthavong Phamisith, after he returned from the 10th Asean Business Awards 2017 (ABA) held in the Philippines. Phouvong Jewelry represented Laos in being awarded with
The War in Laos: Why Still Secret? (American Thinker)
Gary Michael Rose received a well-deserved Medal of Honor last week. The videos and reports I have seen and heard indicate that everything was extraordinarily well done. I would, however, like to offer one minor quibble. The citation which Mike received stated that his actions took place “deep within enemy-controlled territory.” While this is factually correct, it is also misleading.
Laos: Large number of unapproved projects carried out in 2017 (VT)
Ten provinces carried out 285 development projects in 2017 that had not been approved by the National Assembly (NA) or the government, the state’s top inspector told parliament recently. Combined investment in these projects amounted to more than 4,483 billion kip (~$540 million), the Head of the Government Inspection Authority, Dr Bounthong Chitmany, told the ongoing
Laos pins hopes on welcoming 5 million visitors in 2018 (VietnamPlus, VT or KPL)
In 2000, the country greeted only 737,208 visitors and earned revenues of $113.9 million. In 2015, the figures were 4,684,429 visitors and $725.4 million. It is estimated that the number of tourists to the country will hit over 6.2 million who bring in revenues of over $993.4 million by 2020. The Lao Govt has set to attract around 5 million tourists and reaped earnings of $900 million for 2018.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos: The land of temples (NZ Herald)

... Thai films in spotlight in Luang Prabang (Nation)

... Laos, Vietnam enhance cooperation in information (VT)

... Ties with Vietnam, Laos see sound growth (Global Times)

... Lao Jail: Land Protest Villagers Held in Failing Health (RFA)

... Lao Govt seeking 40 billion kip ($4.8 mil) to help flood victims (VT)

... Vietnam-Laos ICT cooperation forum held in Vientiane (VietnamPlus)

... Luang Prabang preserves natural beauty, greenery, cleanliness (Aliran)

... Chinese president to attend APEC summit, visit Vietnam, Laos (ECNS)

... Exhibition reflects Vietnam-Lao ties through lens of the press (VietnamPlus)

... Special privileges offered to qualified foreigners seeking Lao citizenship (VT)

... Northern Laos' Oudomxay readying Khmu New Year Festival for visitors (VT)

... Grand wax castle procession showcases nation’s culture, promotes Visit Laos Year
... Lao PM urges cabinet to pursue development targets (VT)

... Laos: Ministry to bolster education through e-learning (VT)

... Lao-American Student: Vatsady Sivongxay (Harvard Crimson)

... Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for New Lao NA Building (KPL)

... Law on Lao Red Cross Passed at NA’s Ordinary Session (KPL)

... Lao Govt prioritises rural development for poverty reduction (VT)

... Laos' central bank to strength foreign reserve management (VT)

... Construction of Lao NA House begins in Vientiane (VietnamPlus)

... NA Chairwoman pays courtesy call for top Lao leader (Nhan Dan)

... Unexploded American Bombs Killing Children in Laos (Pulitzer Center)

... Laos, Vietnam break ground for new Lao National Assembly building (VT)

... Vietnam-Laos information-communications cooperation applauded (VietnamPlus)

... Warm Places [-one of them is Luang Prabang] to Travel in November (USA Today)
... Lao Govt takes over telecoms company (VT)

... 40 SMEs Awarded Best of the Year 2017 (KPL)

... Laos, Germany review development cooperation (VT)

... Laos International Open Chess Championship 2018 (Fide)

... NA passes Red Cross Law to bolster humanitarian aid (VT)

... NA raises concerns over growing jail population in Laos (VT)

... Laos, China promote comprehensive strategic partnership (VT)

... 150 College Students Awarded Lao Brewery Scholarships (KPL)

... Piloted village development scheme improving living conditions (VT)

... Journalists Encouraged to Raise Public Nutritional Awareness (KPL)

... A postcard from Laos: exploring the curious Plain of Jars (Rough Guides)

... Lao Star Hires APMLAO to Facilitate Its Registration on Stock Market (KPL)

... Hainan Airlines adds Shenzhen – Laos links from Oct 2017 (Routes Online)

... Century Plyboards arm acquires majority stake in Laos company (Hindu BL)

... Restaurant Review: Blue Lagoon Restaurant in Luang Prabang, Laos (City Nomads)

... NA Approves Law on Protection of Producers from Being Affected by Imported Goods
... Air Busan adds Busan-Vientiane route (Yonhap)
... Almost 200 private clinics in Laos ordered to close (VT)
... Trade fair shines spotlight on locally-made products (VT)
... Envoys from Laos, Vietnam meet with Chinese leaders (ECNS)
... ‘Visit Laos Year’ launched to promote the nation to world (Nation)
... Natural resources, environment sector reviews planning agenda (VT)
... Work on stalled Huaphan airport expected to resume next month (VT)
... Lao Govt still re-evaluating bachelor degree courses at colleges: minister (VT)
... Ruling parties of China, Laos pledge further cooperation for closer bilateral ties (XN)
... VEON to sell Laos operations (Yahoo)
... Laos: Road tax payment due now (VT)
... Members of Lao parliament urged to work harder (VT)
... Lao, Thai Red Cross Seek Stronger Cooperation (KPL)
... Take the Slow Road through Laos (Global Traveler USA)
... Lao Govt to create enabling environment to promote investment (VT)
... More Laws Made but Not in Concise Manner, Says Lao Front Official (KPL)
... Villa Maly Claims Its First-Ever Spot on Condé Nast Traveler List 2017 (PR)
... Laos sets to promote tourism, preserve unique, fine traditional culture (Sina)
... Govt, Development Partners Discuss Higher Standard of Private Investment (KPL)

October 23-29, 2017

Largest Special Eco. Zone With an Area 5X of Hong Kong to Be Built in Laos (NW)
Recently, Buasone Bouphavan, the former prime minister of Laos, and the current president of Laos Economic Research Institute, led a group of people to the headquarters of Beijing Guangcai Group and attended the first Sino-Laos new area "Boloven Economic Zone" Development Symposium at the 6th floor conference room. A total of more than 70 people participated in
21 Photos That Show Laos Has [One of] The Most Beautiful Jungles on Earth (Culture Trip)
The natural beauty of Lao jungles is breathtaking. Deforestation has dramatically reduced Laos’ jungles. Over 70% of Lao was forest in the 1950s, & now less than half of the country is jungle. Remote mountains, endangered species & arresting vistas make the Lao jungles some of the most beautiful places to visit on the planet. Laos is landlocked and, what it lacks in beaches, it makes up for in pristine inland lakes. Small islands & a mountainous backdrop make the lake side a perfect place to
Laos aims to attract 5.2 mln foreign tourists in 2018 (XinhuaNet or KPL)
The Lao government has set a plan to attract more than 5.2 million foreign arrivals to the country and increase the annual income generated by the foreign visitors to 900 million U.S. dollars in 2018. "In order to make a rebound in tourism growth, the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism plans to launch Visit Laos Year 2018," Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism
Jeju Air of S. Korea to open route to Laos next week (Yonhap)
Jeju Air Co., South Korea's leading budget carrier, said Tuesday it will open the route to the capital of Laos next week as part of its diversification strategy to offset falling demand on Chinese routes. Jeju Air plans to operate flights on the Incheon-Vientiane route starting Oct. 29. With the addition of the Vientiane route, the low-cost carrier will serve 37 routes to 26 cities in 12 countries
Visit Lao Year set to launch Saturday at That Luang Festival (VT)
Visit Lao Year 2018 will launch at the official opening of the annual That Luang Grand Stupa Festival in Vientiane on October 28, it was confirmed Friday. The opening ceremony will welcome domestic and international visitors to experience Laos as they peruse goods and services from some 35 booths. The festival is set to take place from October 28 to November 3, 
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Rice time in Laos (NZ Herald)
... Laos, Vietnam further enhance cooperation (VT)
... Laos: Reps Ask Prosecutors to Address Issues (KPL)
... The Man Who Survived a Million Bombs (Pulitzer Center)
... Vietnam, Lao sign iron ore mining contract (VietnamPlus)
... Raise legal, ethical standards, NA tells judicial bodies (VT)
... Lao Govt orders action to improve investment climate (VT)
... COECCO signs mining contract with Lao Govt (VietnamNet)
... Mekong hydro resource coordination gets boost from France (VT)
... Governance programme targeting better public service delivery (VT)
... Vietnam joins ASEM seminar on water resources management in Laos (VN)
... Lao Deputy PM Sonexay Siphadone continues Mekong delta tour (VietnamPlus)
... Vaccination, Nutrition Rates Remain Low in Remote Areas, NA’s Session Told (KPL)
... Reps encourage implementing single window entrance fee charging mechanism (KPL)
... Lao PM vows to address land issues (VT)
... Vientiane could have new bus service by year end (VT)
... Govt to give priority to hiring teachers, doctors: Lao PM (VT)
... MMG LXML Sepon Preserves 3,000 Years of Heritage (KPL)
... These movies are representing Malaysia in Laos (Malay MO)
... Top inspector urges tougher anticorruption measures in Laos (VT)
... Beer Lao International Series 2017 Kicks Off Late This Month (KPL)
... Pentagon Embraces Laos War Hero After Decades of Denial (MSN)
... Long An shares experience with Laos in prosecution practices (VietnamPlus)
... Bomb clearance agency targets UXO removal from over 50,000 hectares (VT)
... U.S. Ambassador Commemorates Completion of Wat Visoun Restoration (KPL)
... Laotian pineapples testing the waters in China - New variety of Japanese apples (FP)
... Toyota Holds Charity Concert Rewarding Crowded Audience with Enchanted Evening
... Laos: Tourism sector a positive development driver for communities, country (Inquirer)
... Laos seizes illegal rhino horns worth nearly $240,000 from Singapore to Vientiane flight
... Dai Thao has been called idealistic. A constant campaigner. And now, St. Paul mayor?
... Lao-American: Phet Keomanyvanh's Journey from Refugee Camp to City Hall (7DayVT)
... Lao NA hears nation’s healthcare developments (VT)
... IHG, BIM group sign first Vientiane, Laos Holiday Inn (HM)
... 5 Outdoor Adventures in Luang Prabang, Laos (Travel AW)
... Illegal rhino horns intercepted on Singapore-Vientiane flight (VT)
... From bomb to bracelet, Lao artisans turn shrapnel into jewelry (TH)
... Supreme Prosecutor reports on improved law and order efforts (VT)
... Lao team to compete at futsal championship in Vietnam (XinhuaNet)
... 196 Clinics Face Closure Due to Failure to Comply with Laws (KPL)
... Viet Prime Minister urges higher bilateral trade with Laos (VietnamPlus)
... Low-quality hydropower projects to face void, minister tells assembly (VT)
... Tourism sector a positive development driver for communities, country (VT)
... Ravens And Their T-28D Nomads Waged A Savage Secret War In Laos (AK)
... Court Says Lao-Hmong Couple Had Putative Marriage, for Purposes of Divorce
... Hmong: Summit Organised for Women to Overcome Gender-Related Obstacles
... Lao-Hmong: Summit Organised for Women to Overcome Gender-Related Obstacles
... Land Rover Launches All New Discovery (KPL)
... Vietnamese, Lao Deputy PMs hold talks (VietnamNet)
... Laos protecting benefits, rights of workers overseas (VT)
... Overvalued road projects inspection ordered: Lao PM (VT)
... IHG Signs Holiday Inn Hotel in Vientiane, Laos (ATT or HNR)
... Japan Supports Oral Health Service Programme in Laos (KPL)
... Lao PM declares ‘intolerance’ of corruption, abuse of power (VT)
... Samsung Donates Educational Equipment to Lao Students (KPL)
... Japan boost school environment improvement project in Laos (VT)
... Vietnam vet gets Medal of Honor decades after Laos heroism (UPI)
... Funding to fight poverty set to increase in 2018, parliament told (VT)
... Inspection targets could include any project, authority confirms (VT)
... Lao street food spot Sticky Rice coming east of downtown (OS or OW)
... Scene of salt production at Ban Keun salt factory in Laos (Global Times)
... UK’s Well-known Fiction “Sherlock Holmes” Portrayed in Vientiane (KPL)
... Lao Government Seeks to Restart Flights at Shuttered Attapeu Airport (RFA)
... Travel Bugs: Phoney signs on the way to the Blue Lagoon in Laos (NZ Herald)
... Student from Laos in US: Raiders of Wright State: Maysouly Douangmanith (Guardian)
... Syan: Deal struck with Lao Govt & location for forthcoming cryptocurrency mining facility
... Toyota Unveils Vios, Camry in Vientiane (KPL)
... Volunteer teachers issue solutions sought? (VT)
... Improve health services, Lao NA asks ministry (VT)
... Legal Committee Praises Inspector’s Reports (KPL)
... Disbursements vital to pay down debt, minister says (VT)
... Luang Prabang Film Festival Announces 2017 Lineup (KPL)
... Sustainable energy for all in focus as world day welcomed (VT)
... Mekong Riverview Hotel in Luang Prabang’s Old Town, Laos (City Nomads)
... Many Projects Implemented without NA’s Approval, Top Inspector Says (KPL)
... Viet People’s Army Newspaper debuts online Lao, Khmer editions (VietnamPlus)
... Clear education buffer zone or close by December, entertainment venues told (VT)
... Liberia Presents Readiness Package At FCPF Meeting In Laos (Liberian Observer)
... Lao-American: To understand the Vietnam War, you’d have had to live through it (WHYY)

October 16-22, 2017

Looking for ASEAN in Laos (Myanmar Times)
It has been 20 years since the Lao People’s Democratic Republic officially become a member of ASEAN, and although many Lao people don’t feel connected to the group, they generally believe that their country’s membership in it can only bring benefits. Conversations with Lao people also reveal a sentiment that Laos, a Least Developed Country of about 7 million people, still needs
Lao-Americans: Aloun Farms celebrates 40 years of business (Hawaii Magazine)
From humble beginnings, Aloun Farms has expanded to become one of Hawaii’s largest commercial vegetable growers.  The story of Aloun Farms begins in 1977, when Aloun Sou and his family of six immigrated to Hawaii by way of a refugee camp on the border of Laos and Thailand. Equipped with a hard work ethic and limited English speaking skills, the family settled in Waianae and started a farm on a five-acre agricultural land lease in the coastal Lualualei Valley. Memorialized 40 years later in
Over 13 Million Amphetamine Pills Burned in Laos (KPL or VT)
Drug Inspection and Control Office, General Police Department, Ministry of Public Security has destroyed more than 13 million amphetamine pills along with thousands of kilos of dried cannabis, ice, caffeine, rhodiarome and drug precursors. The drug destruction was made in a ceremony held in Vientiane on Oct 17 to mark the 16th anniversary of National Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit
Lao-Hmong marijuana growers in California fight attempts to shut them down (ST)
The narcotics officer stood on a windswept ridge near the Oregon border and surveyed the fields cut into the hills below, a landscape resembling a lost piece of wine country. The terraces of Siskiyou County, however, were planted in cannabis. More than 1,500 Hmong farmers in the past two years have poured into this remote county, so vast it encompasses two western mountain
Pickup Truck: Kolao Launches Laos-assembled DAEHAN Megatron (KPL)
Kolao Developing Company Limited has unveiled DAEHAN Megatron 2017, the latest model of pickup segment assembled in Laos. The launch of Daehan Megatron was held at the Vientiane Center, Vientiane Capital on Oct 11. “DAEHAN Megatron is a tough pickup suitable with every road condition. It can give its drivers new driving and comfort experiences,” said Director of Product
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos, Luang Prabang (Gatham Gal)

... Luxembourg supports health sector improvements (VT)

... 118 unapproved state investment projects uncovered (VT)

... Lao Govt will control spending to minimise debt tension (VT)

... Service improvements, tourist arrivals discussed at Lao NA (VT)

... Saravan: Rural People Want to See Infrastructure Developed (KPL)

... Children's Librarians Trained for Reading Promotion in ASEAN (KPL)

... Viet NA Vice Chairman receives Laos State Audit chief (VietnamPlus)

... People’s Representatives Share Comments on Government’s Report (KPL)

... Lao President assesses development progress in Champassak province (VT)
... State top auditor: Trillion kip spent unlawfully (VT)

... CLMV, Japan Discuss Agriculture Export Promotion (KPL)

... Rural development benefits from navigation satellite system (VT)

... Dozens of Officials Familiarised with Int’l Humanitarian Law (KPL)

... International Humanitarian Law seminar updates local officials (VT)

... Lao NA debates health, education, welfare for poverty alleviation (VT)

... Huaphan’s Xamtay district getting help, more needed after flash flooding (VT)

... Hospitality service upgrades among those sought ahead of Visit Lao Year 2018 (VT)

... Vietnam arrests man for smuggling 10kg of crystal meth, 20,000 drug pills from Laos

... ASEAN Trade Fair to Promote Food and Beverage Products from Member Countries

... Governance, Risk & Compliance in the Lao Insurance Industry 2017 - Research ... (DJ)
... Laos celebrates World Food Day (VT)

... Laos Celebrates Global Handwashing Day (KPL)

... Thai Police Seize 508kg of narcotics from Laos (MD)

... High Growth Target Is Not Sustainable, Lao PM Says (KPL)

... Lao Govt pledges fairer compensation for those affected (VT)

... Electronics Manufacturing - ASEAN: Is Laos Next? (Global SMT)

... Lao-Thai: Police make 'largest ever' crystal meth seizure (Yahoo)

... Bolaven Plateau brewing as agri-tourism destination in Laos (Nation)

... Honda Foundation sees budding scientists studying tech in Japan (VT)

... Legislators call for greater state investment in critical sectors in Laos (VT)
... Lao-Hmong in Politics: Dai Thao (Kare11)

... What's next for Indonesia-Laos security ties? (Diplomat)

... Banking: Secured Transaction Framework Discussed (KPL)

... Lao National Assembly Opens Its 4th Ordinary Session (KPL)

... Charitable run underway in Laos to support children's hospital (China)

... Taiwanese businessman killed in Laos: Foreign Ministry (Focus Taiwan)

... Lao Govt seeks funding boost as budget deficit [~$1.74 billion] bites (VT)

... Lao NA session opens as measures to drive economic growth announced (VT)

... EPF provides $3 mil support for diverse natural forest protection in NT2 area (VT)

... Vietnam arrests man for smuggling 10kg of crystal meth, 20,000 drug pills from Laos

... 19th CPC’s National Congress to Reaffirm Cooperation for Development in Laos, China
...  ‘Our Hand, Our Future’ (KPL)

... Indonesia Boosts Trade Volume with Laos (Tempo)

... Preparations made to assist visitors, minister says (VT)

... Bolaven Plateau brewing as agri-tourism destination (VT)

... Mekong countries seeking sustainable cultural tourism (VT)

... Nearly 1,100 Lao students trained in Thua Thien-Hue (VietnamPlus)

... JMAS, UXO Lao to accelerate explosive device clearance operations (VT)

... Lao national sepak takraw teams preparing for regional, int'l events (XinhuaNet)

... Lao-British: 'I am her eyes': ... how her blind mother taught her to cook (Daily Mail)

... Isuzu D-Max V-Cross Limited Edition Unveiled, Gets Tougher Looks and Updates (N18)

October 9-15, 2017

Laos interested in Indonesian weaponry, fertilizers (Antara News)
Indonesian Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita stated that Laos party was interested in buying the primary weaponry defense systems & fertilizers from Indonesia. "Laos is interested in Indonesian products of the primary weaponry of defense systems and fertilizers," he remarked, after accompanying Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to receive a state visit of PM of Laos
Northern Laos' Oudomxay legalises foreign workers (VT)
Oudomxay provincial authorities are registering foreigners and issuing them with temporary work permits in a bid to regulate the increasing number of undocumented migrant workers in the province. At present, there are more than 2,500 foreign workers in Oudomxay, including illegal workers who entered as tourists but have subsequently found work and stayed on without legal
Loans totaling US$150 million secured for Laos' 260-MW Don Sahong dam (HP)
Malaysian-based developer, Mega First Corporation Berhad (MFCB), announced this week it has secured loan facilities totaling US$150 million for constructing the 260-MW Don Sahong hydropower project in Laos. On Tuesday, MFCB said its Mega First Investments (L) Ltd. has entered into facility agreements with various financial institutions for term loan facilities totaling
WB: Measures needed to control Laos' public debt [$12 billion - GDP is about $17 billion] (VT)
The World Bank’s economists have advised the government to take concrete measures to ensure that spending is as effective as possible in order to control public debt, which has risen far above an appropriate level. This year, public debt reached 70.5% (~$12 billion) of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP~$17 billion), up from the 68.1% recorded last year, according to the World Bank.  Based on Laos’ economic circumstances and net present value, the country’s maximum level of
Laos merely a bystander as China pushes Belt & Road ambitions (Nikkei AR)
An ambitious $6 billion high-speed railway project in Laos that would link China with the Laotian capital of Vientiane on the Thai border is meant to be a symbol of cooperation under Chinese President Xi Jinping's flagship Belt and Road Initiative. But with Beijing calling the shots and leaving out locals, it has instead become another example of the pitfalls faced by small Southeast Asian
Other stories about Laos around the world
... New JICA Volunteers Welcomed to Laos (KPL)
... Lao noodle franchise stretches out to Asean (Nation)
... Indonesia offers weapons, planes to Laos (Jakarta Post)
... Laos, Indonesia ink five agreements during PM’s Visit (VT)
... Drug-resistant malaria advances in Mekong (Science Magazine)
... Laos' SK Herbal puts its best face forward to strengthen (Nation)
... Chinese monks walking through Laos on pilgrimage to India (VT)
... Indonesia-Laos sign MoUs on drug control, education (Jakarta Post)
... Govt, civil society organisations review results, sector administration (VT)
... That Luang’s First Ever Boat Racing Festival to Be Held Next Week (KPL)
... Learn how to cook Lao-Hmong from the Twin Cities master (Star Tribune)
... Japan CV Boosts Healthcare for Mothers and Children in Laos (KPL or VT)
... Visit Lao Year 2018 to highlight Lao culture, natural charms: deputy PM (XN or VT)
... Kadin Indonesia Eyes Potential Cooperation with Laos in Labor Intensive Industry (NE)
... In remembering Vietnam War, more stories of Lao refugees deserve to be told (WHYY)
... Lao-Hmong: Judge Kashoua Yang's husband killed in weekend crash in Ozaukee County
... Maplewood man sentenced for defrauding people with false promise of Hmong homeland
... Blood Donation Highly Needed in Laos (KPL)
... Laos, Brunei further strengthen bilateral relations (VT)
... On the (Rising) Trail of Thai Food in America (NY Times)
... Laos Focuses on Importance of Empowering Girls (KPL)
... Annual conference mulls science sector’s challenges (VT)
... Lao National Assembly to Open 4th Session on Oct 16 (KPL)
... Lao National Assembly to debate new and amended laws (VT)
... Beware of illegal transactions by fake banks, public warned (VT)
... Isuzu D-Max V-Cross Limited Edition introduced in Laos (India AB)
... Lao-Hmong cooking class brings generations together (Star Tribune)
... Around the world: Lao PM to shop for arms in RI trade expo (Jakarta Post)
... Luang Namtha approves sale price of rubber to domestic traders (Eleven Myanmar)
... Miss Grand Laos ranked among top five in Miss Grand International Popular Vote (PPP)
... Mekong River with Sue Perkins (KPBS)
... Rugby is a whole lot different in Laos (Stuff)
... Laos, Vietnam speeding up oil pipeline project (VT)
... Authorities gear up to promote Visit Laos Year (VT)
... Vientiane celebrates International Day of the Girl (VT)
... Twelve Junior High School Students to Visit Japan (KPL)
... Japan provides $2 mil funds for public park in Xayaboury (VT)
... Phousy Construction Listed on Lao Securities Exchange (KPL)
... Savannakhet to open new radio, television station next year (VT)
... Laos, Vietnam Enhance Cooperation on Forest Inspection (KPL)
... Lao province pushing crops, livestock breeding for export (Nation)
... Lao female boxers to fight at Asian tournament in Vietnam (XinhuaNet)
... Nine countries to compete at badminton tournament in Laos (XinhuaNet)
... Chinese businessman shot dead in Vientiane (VT)
... Budget constraints lower investment in education, health (VT)
... Laos, Indonesia mull direct flights to boost trade, tourism (VT)
... Northern Lao provinces in need of locust control equipment (KPL)
... Majority of Laos' private sector workers inadequately protected (VT)
... Luang Namtha approves sale price of rubber to domestic traders (VT)
... Paktha, Bokeo: Malnutrition Remains High Among Under-five Children (KPL)
... Oct 17-19: Laos to Host 5th ASEAN Meeting on Disaster Management (KPL)
... Best Hotels: Scenic Views and French-Colonial Inspired Laotian Architecture (CN)
... Vietnamese alumni in Laos meet up (Vietnam Plus)
... SP company: car buyers told to declare losses (VT)
... No plans yet for repair of Kasy-Nan road after landslides (VT)
... Vietnamese children in Laos enjoy mid-Autumn Festival (DCS)
... Laos: Coffee exports set to exceed US$112 million in 2017 (VT)
... Laos
' provinces told to cut spending amid revenue shortfall (VT)
... Laos extends curve to 15 years, seals largest bond (Global Capital)
... Laos, Indonesia Celebrate 60 Years of Bilateral Relations (KPL or VT)
... World Bank forecast: Laos’ economic growth lower than expected (VT)
... ADB supports new Lao initiative to scale up sanitary efforts with $10 mil (VT)
... Noy Itthilith Named Champ of Vientiane Traditional Boat Racing Festival (KPL)
... Lao-Hmong: St. Paul mayoral candidate Dai Thao promises to fight inequality (ST)
... Revisiting Laos after 45 years, a country barely recognisable – unless ... (Telegraph)
... To Accept Medal On Behalf Of Everyone Who Served In Laos During Vietnam (T&P)

October 2-8, 2017

400kg of Lao marijuana seized (Bangkok Post or Chiang Rai Times)
Border patrol police seized 400kg of compressed marijuana from Laos in Na Yoong district Tuesday. They believed the shipment was destined for Japan. Pol Col Prat Soonthornpimol, chief of the 24th Border Patrol Police unit in Udon Thani, said on Wednesday the marijuana was ferried in sacks by three boats across the Mekong River from Laos to the Thai bank in Ban Nam Phrai of
Vientiane marks end of Buddhist Lent followed by Vat Chan boat races (VT)
Devotees around the country flocked to temples for tak baat (almsgiving) ceremonies early yesterday morning to mark the end of Buddhist Lent, thankful that the skies did not unleash more rain. This day is known as Boun Orkphansa and comes three months after the start of Lent in July, which is called Boun Khaophansa. As from today, monks can go to stay in other temples now that the three-month Buddhist Lent has ended. During the Lenten period, monks and novices
The 5 cheapest cities in the world to visit - One of them is Vientiane (MSN)
Laos is yet another underrated destination within Southeast Asia. Though AirAsia flights have easily connected the whole ASEAN to each other, many have yet to explore Laos. Though not as cheap as Chiang Mai or Hanoi, Vientiane, Laos’ national capital should be one of the top places to visit for its budget-friendly accomodation (also from $10 a night). You get to experience the mix of
Laos and Cambodia: the China dance (Myanmar Times)
Laos and Cambodia are often seen as little more than political twins who have chosen to reap economic benefits from China in exchange for their loyalty to the Middle Kingdom – and choosing this alliance over maintaining consensus with their ASEAN family. But while their dance steps appear similar, they are not quite moving to the same tune, says analyst Edgar Pang, a visiting
Vientiane's Boat Racing Festival to Be Held On Oct 4-6 (KPL)
Boat Racing Festival 2017 will fall on Oct 4-6 following the announcement made by the Governor of Chanthabouly district Mrs. Bouarone Vongdarasan on Sep 28. Traditionally, boat racing festival draws a crowded flock of people from all directions of Vientiane Capital and provinces across the country. The festival is held annually at Tha Vat Chanh of Chanthaboury district where a number
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos, China extend areas of cooperation (VT)

... Lao Front vows to strengthen practical work (VT)

... Midwife crisis: Laos slashes maternal mortality but 
    Trump defunding threatens the progress made (SCMP)

... Ford F-150 Raptor on Its Way to Lao Customers (KPL)

... Lao authorities fail to collect sufficient SEZ revenue (VT)

... Syan Technologies in talks with Lao government to deploy
    hydroelectric-powered cryptocurrency mining facility (DJ)

... Help for Cambodian & Lao local schemes (Bangkok Post)

... Laos prints its largest, longest sovereign bond issue (Times of India)

... Medium Term Outlook Remains Broadly Favourable: World Bank (KPL)

... Thousands file claims against PS Lao Enterprise for 200 billion kip loss (VT)

... Cambodia & Laos - Wake up to wildlife: Asia's best luxury tented camps (CNN)

... Addressing Public Concerns about Anti-malarial Drug Resistance in GMS Region (KPL)
... Traffic police promote festival road safety in Vientiane (VT)

... Laos closing Bt14 bn bond deal to fund infrastructure (Nation)

... Visit Laos Year 2018 to Be Launched by This Month End (KPL)

... Vientiane: Families refuse compensation on 450-Year Road (VT)

... Lao Government Consults Stakeholders on Draft Mining Law (KPL)

... China Southern Airlines now serves Sri Lanka and Laos (Anna Aero)

... Duo returns from exciting Laos off-road experience (Borneo Bulletin)

... Laos’ Growth Projected to Moderate to 6.7 %, Says World Bank (KPL)

... Mineral Law to be amended for better mining management in Laos (VT)

... PDI plans investments in two Lao hydropower plants (Nation or ThaiPR)

... City mulls compensation for families displaced by Lao-China railway (VT)

... Bokeo: School Built with Japanese Funding Handed over to Local Authorities (KPL)

... Duo behind Rosa’s to extend Lao Café brand and open Thai noodle restaurant (BH)

... Will Laos break precedent by obeying arbitration award to Thai-Lao Lignite Co? (Nation)
... Two sites allocated for boat races (VT)

... Vietnam, Laos deepen cooperation (VOV)

... Miss Laos 2017 Open for Candidates (KPL)

... Thai Smile flies to Laos and Taiwan (TTR Weekly)

... Vientiane tackles challenges in reforming education (VT)

... ASEAN Dishes Introduced at Food Festival in Vientiane (KPL)

... Vietnam, Laos boost industry, energy cooperation (Nhan Dan)

... Chinese investor gears up to develop Khonphapheng SEZ (VT)

... Public-private partnerships can fill infrastructure gap: ADB (VT)

... Vietnam-Laos drug trafficking ring member arrested (XinhuaNet)

... Malnutrition Remains a Challenge in northern Laos' Bokeo (KPL)

... Laos keeps investors busy with six-tranche baht bond (Global Capital)

... Temple project to be tourist hotspot for Xieng Khuang (Eleven Myanmar)

... Laos’ first dry port moves forward to world connectivity (Eleven Myanmar)

... Lao President expresses sympathy over mass shooting in Las Vegas (VT)

... Laos seeks anti-money laundering cooperation with overseas partners (VT)

... President: Vietnam gives top priority to boosting ties with Laos (VietnamPlus)

... Hongsa Power Grants 40 Scholarships to Students in Xayabouly Province (KPL)
... Lao Front outlines work plan for 2018 (VT)
... Laos PM starts official visit to Vietnam (VietnamNews)
... Lao National Assembly on target with law enactment (VT)
... Belarus ready to carry out mining projects in Laos (BELTA)
... Boat racing festival committee to regulate parking fees (VT)
... Sacombank Laos opens branch in Savannakhet province (VP)
... Germany commits to further development support in Laos (VT)
... Asean standard award seen as boost to tourism in Konglor (VT)
... VN willing to support Laos in training human resources (VietnamNet)
... Businesses Donate Over $85K Supporting Boat Racing Festival (KPL)
... Thailand’s Military Government Should Halt Mekong Blasting Plan (CRT)
... Japan funds job skills training for disabled people in Laos (Eleven Myanmar)
... Lao, Myanmar Journalists Enrich Knowledge of China’s Development (KPL)
... Elephants still at risk with Laos replacing China as ivory market (Daily Nation)
... Ahead of a ban, China’s illegal ivory market has moved to Laos (Quartz Africa)
... Top beach alternatives in Laos (LTB)
... Foreign Minister Receives US Treasury Minister (KPL)
... Walkers in Vientiane stride out in support of tourism (VT)
... US firms see huge opportunities for business in Laos (VT)
... Firm economic growth expected for Laos: ADB (XinhuaNet)
... Elderly, disabled people get free health checks in Vientiane (VT)
... Armies, Addicts and Spooks: the CIA in Vietnam and Laos (RINF)
... Lao-funded Ho Chi Minh memorial house inaugurated in Nghe An (VP)
... More investment in human resources needed in Laos: economist (VT)
... Growth on Track Expected for Lao PDR in 2017 and 2018 - ADB (KPL)
... Lao-American: Free adult ESL program launching in Elgin (Daily Herald)
... Two missing, four survive after leisure craft sinks in Nam Ngum river (VT)
... Viet students in Laos receive scholarships from Vietnam Government (VP)
... Lao-American: ... Say to People Who Tell Me I'm Not "Latina Enough" (Yahoo)
... Japan funds job skills training for disabled people in norhtern Laos' Huaphan (VT)
... Construction of Chinese-sponsored Confucius Institute commenced in Laos (ECNS)

More stories from previous months

Currency Rate

US$1 ≈  8,303 kip more info

US$1 ≈ 32.87 baht more info
Lao Population (overseas)
Laotians in US - 232,130
France - 140,000
Canada - 12,000

Lao-Hmong in US: 260,070

Sources: US Census 2010 and Wikipedia

Lao Music Video

 Many songs from Mini Angel

Also interested in watching many Lao videos, please try YouTube

Other Lao News Sites
Other Lao Websites
  Voice of America
Radio Free Asia
Vientiane Times
Lao NA (KPL)
Lao Voices
Vientiane Mai
US Embassy
Web Stats
Note: Numbers reset to 
zero each month

Oct 2017
43,537 visitors
Sep 2017
44,642 visitors
Aug 2017
44,072 visitors
July 2017
46,561 visitors
June 2017
46,330 visitors
May 2017
44,675 visitors
Apr 2017
44,438 visitors
Mar 2017
44,547 visitors
Feb 2017
40,529 visitors
Jan 2017
47,138 visitors
Dec 2016
49,124 visitors
Nov 2016
47,390 visitors
Oct 2016
46,186 visitors

Dec 2015
41,779 visitors
Dec 2014
51,179 visitors
Dec 2013
62,964 visitors
Dec 2012
69,486 visitors
Dec 2011
56,377 visitors
Dec 1999
29,874 visitors
Dec 1998
7,791 visitors
Dec 1997
235 visitors


|  Other Sites


Any questions, comments, or any missed articles about LAOS published within last week, 
please contact:
Copyright ©1997-2017  All rights reserved.