Thursday, October 19, 2017 08:59 PM -0400 ------ Update at least once a day...

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
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)

Sep 25-Oct 1, 2017

US supports meals [with 3,482 metric tons of rice] for Lao students (VT)
The United States is continuing to support school meal programmes in Laos in an effort to provide children with access to a better nutritional and educational environment. Each day, 150,000 children in 1,450 schools across seven provinces receive a daily nutritious meal, as part of an education package that includes literacy activities, water, sanitation and hygiene, fishponds, and
Laos is 'world's fastest growing' ivory market (BBC News, NBC-2, France24 or AFP/Yahoo)
The fastest growing ivory market in the world is now Laos, according to an investigation by Kenya-based group Save the Elephants. China is banning all ivory trade by the end of 2017, but business is booming in neighbouring countries. Investigators visited a Chinese casino resort on the Mekong River. They described a hub of gambling and prostitution, where ivory sales are booming among Chinese visitors who make up more than 80% of sales. The researchers found dozens
Vehicle owners in Laos face doubling of road tax (VT)
Motorists in Laos will need to pay more than double the usual road tax this year depending on the size of their engine and vehicle type. Enforcement of the fees is expected to begin next month after it was postponed from August to await consideration by the National Assembly and approval by the President. The new Presidential Decree on Road Fees was signed by President Bounnhang
Will Laos Buy New Weapons from Indonesia? (Diplomat)
On September 24, reports surfaced that one of Indonesia’s state-owned defense companies had received interest from Laos for some new arms sales. The reports are part of a broader development where Jakarta is seeking to strengthen its defense industry, including through selling more products to regional countries like Laos with which it is commemorating 60 years of relations
US grants US$4.5 million for Savannakhet UXO clearance (VT)
The US government recently granted more than 37 billion kip (US$4.5 million) to Laos for unexploded ordnance (UXO) detection and clearance in four target districts of Savannakhet province.  The project aims to continue UXO survey and clearance and explosive ordnance disposal to free up local communities' land for safe agricultural production as well as reduce
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos sells 100MW electricity to Malaysia (VT)
... Laos markets 14bn baht multi-tranche bonds (Kitco)
... Lao health officials review field epidemiology training (VT)
... Mekong clearance will destroy 'a few islets' (Bangkok Post)
... WB extends $15 million support for healthcare in Laos (VT)
... African study: Ivory demand surges in Laos (Bangkok Post)
... Vietnam, Laos review cooperation in home affairs (Nhan Dan)
... US gives boost to UXO education project in Xieng Khuang (VT)
... Laos Signs Power Purchase Deal with Thailand, Malaysia (KPL)
... Southern Inspection Officials Sharpen Anti-corruption Skills (KPL)
... Inspection of 200 businesses underway to boost tax collection (VT)
... China Southern Airlines Launches Vientiane-Guangzhou Route (KPL)
... Japan Supports Empowerment of People with Disabilities in Huaphan (KPL)
... China’s Mekong Plans Threaten Disaster for Countries Downstream (Yahoo)
... Chinese buyers fuelling ivory surge in Laos, conservation group says (HKFP)
... Laos grows as hydro exporter through new ASEAN agreement (Hydro World)
... Sabaidee from Laos! (Travel Blog)

... Laos becomes party to two new int'l treaties (VT)

... Free vaccines for pets on World Rabies Day (VT)

... Laos Death Confirmed On ‘Nam Wall (Journal-Topics)

... Lao NA Officials Enrich Knowledge of Foreign Affairs (KPL)

... Tourism industry positively impacting poverty reduction (VT)

... TNB buys electricity from Laos-based utility company (MSN)

... Laos: National Population and Development Policy Discussed (KPL)

... Khammuan revokes concessions after multibillion kip deals stall (VT)

... Laos, Russia PMs cement ties as seven cooperation deals inked (VT)

... Lao Govt misrepresented legal battle with Thai-Lao Lignite Co (Nation)

... Laos, Thailand maintain security to facilitate economic cooperation (VT)

... Open House Day at Vientiane’s French Speaking Digital Campus! (KPL)

... Dong Thap, Champasak agree on multi-sector cooperation (VietnamPlus)

... Yukata Attracts Public to Japanese Culture Exchange Day in Vientiane (KPL)

... Malaysia inks cross-border power deal with Thailand and Laos (Malaysia Insight)

... Lao Police Beat Villagers Arrested in Lengthy Land Dispute in Sekong Province (RFA)

... Solar, wind advances offer Mekong countries alternatives to dams, coal: Experts (VOA)
... Pandaw adds Laos capacity (Travel Weekly)
... ADB to support inclusive, sustainable growth in Laos (VT)
... Lao President advises on development in Khammuan (VT)
... Hundreds of cubic metres of illegal timber set for tender (VT)
... Cross-border bird flu risks see poultry surveillance raised (VT)
... Xieng Khuang Discusses Preparation for Visit Laos Year 2018 (KPL)
... Lao-American: Actress Traces Her Roots— and Finds Her Father (Yahoo)
... Russia, Laos sign documents on energy and transport cooperation (TASS)
... Lao-American Delicious Dreams: Local chef cooks up a brighter future (WJHG)
... Laos and Russia signed roadmap for cooperation in peaceful use of atomic energy
... Chinese Cultural Shows Entertain Crowded Audience of Vientiane Residents (KPL)
... Officials Receive Training in Combating Organised Crime, Money Laundering (KPL)
... RHB Lao Junior Football Cup 2017 Kicks off (KPL)
... Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival celebrated in Laos (Sina)
... People Flock to Indonesia Trade and Tourism Fairs (KPL)
... Germany provides EUR 5.6 mil for rural road improvement (VT)
... Overseas Vietnamese in Laos help disaster victims (VietnamPlus)
... Lao students study Vietnam-Laos friendship and cooperation (DCS)
... Indonesian Embassy introduces batik-making in Laos (Jakarta Post)
... Laos supports UN reform for a better response to global challenges (VT)
... Lao President assesses development progress in Xaysettha district (VT)
... Actress, Singer Promote Laos as Tourism Destination at Tokyo Expo (KPL or VT)
... Lao Front seeks to broaden media reach (VT)
... PS enterprise: depositors told to declare losses (VT)
... Minister: Private investment exceeds annual target (VT)
... Chinese company expands development plans in Phongsaly (VT)
... Lao Prime Minister Thongloun to Visit Russia between Sep 25-28 (KPL)
... Laos keen to buy another type of weapons from PT Pindad (Antara News)
... Water in the pipeline for Vientiane farmers as irrigation project progresses (VT)
... Northern Inspection Officials Learn Best Practices on Countering Corruption (KPL)

September 18-24, 2017

Faulty Construction, Heavy Rain Cause Dam to Flood Lao Villages (RFA)
Hundreds of thousands of cubic feet of muddy water have flooded eight villages in central Laos’ Xaysomboun province after the reservoir of a dam upstream burst its banks last week following heavy rain, damaging infrastructure, farmlands, and water supplies. When the reservoir of the Nam Ao Dam in Phaxay district in northeastern Laos’ Xieng Khouang province broke on Sept. 11
Laos construction workers scramble as dam overflows upstream (News9, Mashable)
Troubling video filmed in Laos has shown construction workers fleeing for their lives after a dam overflowed upstream. The video uploaded to YouTube this week shows the panic at a construction site as a mass of brown water and trees overwhelm the banks of the Nam Ao River last Monday. A tractor is left unattended and begins rolling backwards on its own accord as a man in
Russia welcomes 81 new scholarship recipients heading for degree courses (VT)
The Russian Govt yesterday held a farewell gathering for Lao students and officials ahead of their departure to study bachelor, master's and doctorate degrees at Russian universities. The send off took place at the Russian Embassy & was attended by the Russian Ambassador Mr Mikhail V. Baranov & Deputy Minister of Education & Sports Mr Boualane Sylipanya.  A total of 81 students & officials received scholarships this year, after 87 students and officials were awarded them last year.
Japan: $3.2 mil support serves up school meals in seven provinces (VT or KPL)
The provision of nutritious school lunches in seven provinces will proceed with support from the Government of Japan which is set to provide US$3.2 million in assistance for the fiscal year 2017-18. This support via the World Food Organisation in Laos aims to encourage more rural households to send their children to school, brighten their futures, and alleviate malnutrition and
Laos is for the adventurous traveller (Stuff)
I watched a slideshow in my sleep last night. Vivid images of Laos were on constant replay inside my head, projected on to the screen of my eyelids. Monks in bright orange robes, terraced paddy fields so intensely green they looked artificial, waterfalls of iridescent aquamarine, the swirling red-brown waters of the mighty Mekong, golden stupas glinting in the sun, bronze Buddhas lining
Other stories about Laos around the world
... A Crazy Flash Flood in Laos (WRIF)

... JICA Volunteers Bid Farewell to Laos (KPL)

... Savannakhet registers foreign workers (VT)

... Lao Govt vows to assist farmers, producers (VT)

... Champassak rolls out welcome mat for tourists (VT)

... Soccer: NMI U16 suffers third loss to Laos, 10-0 (MV)

... Investment climate improvements intensifying, deputy minister says (VT)

... Oudomxay hands over confiscated Asiatic black bear to Lao-Bear Conservation Centre
... Mexico, Colombia & Laos want Russian grain (RT)
... China Ranks Largest Foreign Investor in Laos (KPL)
... Storm wreaks havoc in six districts of Khammuan (VT)
... Experts plan for upgrade of Laos' primary education (VT)
... Circulation of goods tops sources of income in Laos (VT)
... Lao authorities spotlight protection of migrant workers (VT)
... Lao-American: Mom on a break from corporate America (LS)
... Huaphan prepares for ‘Visit Laos Year 2018’ (Mekong Tourism)

... BIDV, Lao foreign trade bank beef up cooperation (VietnamPlus)
... Laos dash Malaysia’s hopes of making five-a-side football final (Star)
... Lao Community float takes home first place for a second time (Globe)
... Lao Uni Students to Participate in Japan-ASEAN Student Conference in Japan (KPL)
... President Trump to award Medal of Honor to Vietnam commando for valor in Laos (CPO)
... Vientiane to rebuild Mahosot hospital (VT)
... Bodies of three victims found in Maed landslide (VT)
... Laos prevails in Hongsa power plant court case (Nation)
... Surge in Lao visitors to Malaysia as flights increase (VT)
... Vietnam, Laos heed border, territorial issues (VietnamPlus)
... Laos, Yunnan Jointly Promote Saysettha at CAEXPO (KPL)
... Nan-Luang Prabang minibus service begins in October (GBL)
... Dengue fever kills 11 people in Laos so far this year (XinhuaNet)
... Coffee growers in Laos are turning to organic farming (Ecologist)
... Path from Laos to Ottumwa long and winding (Ottumwa Courier)
... Lao media moves forward with digitalisation despite challenges (VT)
... Chinese helping Establish Tilapia Production in Laos (Seafood News)
... Laos gov't expects SEZs to generate 4,150 jobs next year (Sina or VT)
... Cambodia and Laos eliminate trachoma as a public health problem (Yahoo)
... Daughter of Lao-Hmong immigrants part of national push for more women in technology
... National seed policy takes root in Laos (VT)
... Man killed as storm lashes Savannakhet (VT)
... Lao Govt aiming for trade surplus next year (VT)
... Top 5 things to do in Luang Prabang, Laos (LTB)
... Live like a monkey in the Laotian rainforest (Week)
... China, Laos Hold New Defense Meeting (Diplomat)
... Laos prevails in Hongsa power plant court case (VT)
... Neighbourly diplomacy shifts from Laos (Bangkok Post)
... Gov’t Urges More Donation for Flood Victims across Laos (KPL)
... Laos selects 'Dearest Sister' as first ever Oscar entry (Screen Daily)
... Trademark protection awareness, registration remain low in Laos (Sina)
... Mattie Do's DEAREST SISTER Named Laos' First Ever Oscar Submission (SA)
... Laos, Azerbaijan enhance cooperation (VT)
... Govt maintains inflation, exchange rate controls (VT)
... Laos – the ‘battery’ of South East Asia (Phuket Gazette)
... Ministry assesses need for manufacturing technology (VT)
... Kolao Holdings (900140) Plunges -3.39% on Sep 17 (WOT)
... HCM City boosts ties with Laos’ Xiang Khouang province (VOV)
... Lao-Thai: 1,268kg of ganja seized in South (Bangkok Post or BP)
... China, Laos agree to boost military exchanges, cooperation (Sina)
... Laos, Thailand increase cooperation on environmental issues (VT)
... It’s goals galore for men’s goalball team as they thrash Laos (Star)
... Incense keeps burning on Ho Chi Minh’s altar in Laos (VietnamPlus)
... PS crisis: Executive team in custody as creditors assume control (VT)
... Laos and Cambodia suffered the most after Vietnam War (Denver Post)
... Azerbaijan, Laos discuss prospects for developing interparliamentary ties (Azer)
... Azerbaijani FM Mammadyarov meets with Laos graduates of Azerbaijani universities

September 11-17, 2017

Executives Detained After Angry Protests Over Lao Agro Investment Default (RFA)
Police detained two top executives of an Lao agricultural company on Tuesday, the second day of protests by hundreds of angry investors who say they lost their savings in a pyramid scheme that took in millions of U.S. dollars. Por Her and Souknaly Thepsimuang, co-presidents of the PS Agriculture and Industry Promotion Import-Export Company of Laos, were taken from company
Laos: Death by dam for the Mekong (Asia Times)
The sleepy town of Pak Beng, best known as a stopover for slow boats connecting the Laos-Thailand border to the ancient Lao capital of Luang Prabang, will be transformed later this year by the launch of a 3rd major hydro-dam on the lower Mekong River. Only 180 kilometers away, Thai communities & nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) along another section of the Mekong are lobbying for the dam to be stopped to prevent negative impacts on fisheries, crops & livelihoods.The US$2.4 billion Pak Beng dam, a 912-megawatt hydropower project being developed
Lao Govt aiming for 7 percent growth in 2018 (VT)
The government will pursue Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth of 7% in 2018, amounting to 149,471 billion kip, a minister has said. If achieved, GDP per capita will rise to US$2,567, up from the US$2,472 expected in 2017, Minister of Planning and Investment Dr Souphanh Keomixay told a government meeting last week. The minister presented a draft socio-economic development plan
700 People Killed in Road Accidents from Jan-Aug (KPL)
Seven hundred people were killed in road accidents around the country between January and the end of August 2017. Of the death tolls, 151 were reported in Vientiane Capital. The Traffic Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security reported that 3,873 accidents were recorded nationwide. The accidents resulted in 6,402 people injured and 7,021 vehicles damaged.
Lao-Hmong pot growers in Siskiyou County seeking identity, profit — or both (LA Times)
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 last two years have poured into this remote county, so vast it encompasses two western mountain
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Ministry, WFP discuss nutrition project (VT)
... Cigarettes in Laos, 2017 (Sandler Research)
... New State projects threaten budget blowout (VT)
... Pandaw Unveil New Ship for Laos Flotilla (Travel DM)
... Lao president thanks China for assistance (XinhuaNet)
... Laos, China enhance cooperation in defence, security (VT)
... Govt opens centres to register Lao workers in Thailand (VT)
... Laos Wins Final Set-Aside Of $56M Arbitral Award (Law360)
... Revenue rise foreshadowed after survey reveals tax dodging (VT)
... Laos to set up consulate general in central China's Changsha (XinhuaNet)
... 'Most hated German in Thailand' denied boarding a Thai flight to Laos (Star)
... HCM City ready to boost ties among Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia women (VietnamPlus)
... Health-related SDGs training (VT)
... Under Construction Nam Ao Dam Busts (KPL)
... Official aid to increase despite fear of cuts (VT)
... City revs up plans to relocate central bus station (VT)
... PS debacle: company president in police custody (VT)
... PM's order leading to sustainable forestry management (VT)
... Laos-bound student volunteers excited to make a difference (Sun Daily)
... Thailand, Laos discuss rules for cross-border health products (VietnamPlus)
... France Supports Medical Training Against Communicable Diseases in Laos (KPL)
... PS crisis: meeting yields no solution (VT)
... Laos to reduce stunting, low weight in infants (Sina)
... Banking Institute enrols successful exam takers (VT)
... Lao businesses eye new markets at China expo (VT)
... Revenue shortfall challenges 2018 growth target (VT)
... Laos Prepares to Establish Administrative Court (KPL)
... BBC Worldwide Sends CBeebies & More to Laos (TV Asia)
... PM Urges Continued Addressing of Economic Difficulties (KPL)
... Crime, social ills prove ongoing challenges to public security (VT)
... Azerbaijan's FM Mammadyarov to visit Vietnam, Laos (Azer News)
... Hydro company denies responsibility for Xaysomboun flash flood (VT)
... ‘This is our home’: Project FINE, Winona celebrate Welcoming Week (WDN)
... Merely 39% of Under 2 Children in Urban Areas Receive Minimum Acceptable Diet (KPL)
... Bitdefender Penetrates Lao markets (KPL)
... Laos: From land locked to land linked (Nation)
... Overseas workers in need of more support (VT)
... Public call for solutions to persistent problems (VT)
... Hundreds storm PS to demand return of money (VT)
... Lao govt vows to further boost economic growth (Nation)
... Govt stresses need to reform state-owned enterprises (VT)
... Tanmixay-Nongbeuk Road Construction 22% Completed (KPL)
... First 2 Quarters Record A Constant Economic Growth, Minister (KPL)
... Phu Tho, Laos’ Luang Namtha enjoy sound partnership (VietnamPlus)
... 7 Vietnamese arrested for transporting drugs from Laos to Vietnam (Sina)
... Administrative court draft closer as Vietnam, Luxembourg lend assistance (VT)
... Thailand approves issuance of baht-denominated bonds for two Laos entities (Nasdaq)
... Visitor arrivals to fall short: Gov't forecasts (VT)
... Lao Government on track to reduce poverty (VT)
... Lao Govt vows to further boost economic growth (VT)
... Four arrested for Lao border drug running (Khmer Times)
... Behind Laos’s Ambitious Pha Tad Ke Botanic Garden (Destin Asian)
... Development, GDP per capita gap remains huge, minister says (VT)
... Laos to Send 84 Athletes to Compete at ASEAN Para Games 2017 (KPL)
... China, Laos to boost cooperation in culture and relevants (Mekong Tourism)
... Xieng Khuang UXO hazard could linger for a century: Governor (VT or Nation)
... Soccer AFC U-16 Women's Championship Group A: Thailand 3-0 Laos (GSN)
... Mekong+ Forum Explores New Frontiers in Sustainable Hydropower Development (KPL)

September 4-10, 2017

Clearing Unexploded Munitions in Laos (VOA)
Between 1964 and 1973, in an effort to prevent the movement of supplies, armaments and North Vietnamese fighters across neighboring territories and into Vietnam, the U.S. Air Force dropped over 270 million cluster bombs on Vietnam’s western neighbor, Laos. As a result, Laos has the grim distinction of being, per capita, the world’s most bombed country. 
The languid lure of Luang Prabang (Today Online)
Just what is the allure of Luang Prabang? The cultural city and former royal capital in the north of landlocked Laos does not have the attractions of its Indochinese neighbours, like the fine beaches and secret coves of Thailand. Nor does it have bucket list attractions like the Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Food-wise, it does not leap at foodies as a destination, unlike Vietnam. Yet, it is experiencing a hotel boom – and it is a luxury one – no less. Joining a scene that has been dominated by the Aman & Belmond hotel brands for the last few years, the Rosewood
Investigation ongoing into 27 trucks carrying illegal timber: Attapeu governor (VT)
A taskforce committee is stepping up investigations into those involved with illegal timber found on 27 trucks at the Phoukeua international checkpoint in Attapeu province in June, the provincial governor has said.  Dr Nam Vinhaketh told Vientiane Times yesterday it would take some time for the committee, which was appointed to carry out the investigation, to complete their job.
Hydro plants power Laos into middle-income status (VOR or Nation)
Speaking at the official opening of the Xenamnoy 2-Xekatam 1 hydropower plant in Champasak province, Laos, Minister of Energy and Mines Dr Khammany Inthirath said the landlocked country has progressed rapidly in producing electricity, which it now supplies to local communities as well as Thailand & other Asian countries. Under the country’s development plan 2016-2020, Laos aims
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Scenery of Nam Ngum Lake in Laos (Global Times)

... Laos appoints new ambassador to Thailand (Nation)

... Lao, Vietnamese women mark year of friendship (VT)

... Thailand signs contracts for HSR to Laos (Rail Journal)

... Private investment for Q1, Q2 exceeds 12 month target (VT)

... Miss Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia meet at HCM City event (VOV)

... Economic issues dominate agenda at two-day govt meeting (VT)

... Telephone number registry checks planned as decree drafted (VT)

... Laos, Japan agree to survey teaching hospital building, equipment needs (VT)

... Mekong Bridge in Paklay-Sanakham Expected to Be Opened This Month (KPL)

... Laos signs on for hydro sustainability study while building boom continues (HW)
... Laos pursues goal to banish illiteracy (VT)

... Xayaboury Power Plant 82% Completed (KPL)

... Economic growth may fall short of 7% target (VT)

... Vietnam marks anniversary, relations in Lao capital (VT)

... Handicraft Festival 2017 to Be Held in Late October (KPL)

... Industrial growth generates more jobs in central Laos (VT)

... Non-performing loans rate won't affect banking, economy (VT)

... Government to Launch “Visit Laos Year 2018” in November (KPL)

... LXML Pays Government US$4 Million Royalty for Q2 Production (KPL)

... Lao Paxaxon and Nhan Dan Newspapers enhance exchange (Nhan Dan)

... Teaching English in Laos has changed Monique Fahey's life goals (Courier)

... Vietnamese, Lao youths gather at friendship meeting in Hanoi (VietnamPlus)

... Esan Classic, A Lers Ros Spinoff With Food Influenced By Cambodia & Laos (SF)
... Cambodia, Laos to set up border committee (PPP)

... Govt rewards SEA Games medallists, trainers (VT)

... New foreign ambassadors begin missions in Laos (VT)

... Outstanding Lao students honoured in Hanoi (VietnamPlus)

... Vietnam – Laos loves flourish in border areas (VietnamPlus)

... Food, agriculture cooperation in focus at regional meeting (VT)

... Visit Laos Year event to be held during That Luang festival (VT)

... Cambodia and Laos vow peaceful border solution (Khmer Times)

... Vietnam, Laos sign cooperation deal in agriculture, forestry for 2017-18 (VP)
... Kolao Launches All New KIA Rio (KPL)
... Italian out of coma after Laos poisoning (ANSA)
... Convalt Energy plans 300 MW of solar in Laos (RN)
... Cuts made in public contributions to Road Fund (VT)
... Better facilities needed for Visit Laos Year 2018 (Star)
... Cambodia, Laos to seek French help on border (PPP)
... B Grimm goes big with power projects in Laos (Nation)
... Over 1,300 wood processing plants in need of upgrade (VT)
... Adrian Zecha Opens Up about His Project in Laos (T&L Asia)
... U-18 Soccer: Malaysia Thrashes Laos 4-1 (Malaysian Digest)
... Survey assesses numbers of people displaced by railway (VT)
... Hun Sen, Laos PM to Request Border Maps to Solve Dispute (CD)
... Surbana Jurong, partners ink MOU to develop infrastructure in Laos (ST)
... President: Vietnam, Laos strive to develop relations practically (VietnamPlus)
... Lao, Singaporean Firms Sign MoU on Master Planning New Industrial Park (KPL)
... Lao minister witnesses 'Chinese speed' in construction of China-Laos railway (CD)

Aug 28-Sep 3, 2017

Laos beckons for Coquitlam couple (TriCity News)
Some retired couples take cruises to exotic destinations or head for sunny beaches. But for Hazel and Ron Postma, longtime Coquitlam residents, retirement is an opportunity to give back — preferably in a developing country where their work and life experience can make a difference. Hazel, formerly a journalist and an administrator at Douglas College, and Ron, who owned his
Renewed Focus on Lao Activist on International Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearances (RFA)
Supporters of Sombath Somphone renewed their focus on the missing rural development activist on Wednesday, using the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances to press Laos to solve the nearly five-year-old mystery of his disappearance. Video footage show’s Sombath’s Jeep being stopped at a police checkpoint on the evening of Dec. 15, 2012.  In the video Sombath is herded into a white truck and taken away, and a man dressed in white returns & drives off in his Jeep.
Montreal police arrest Laotian man on US most-wanted list (COD or VICE)
Canadian police officers chased down and caught a Laotian-born alleged drug smuggler who is on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement list of its 10 most wanted criminals. Montreal police said this week Katay-Khaophone Sychanta, 35, tried to flee on foot along a bike path, but officers caught him for alleged drug possession. Fingerprint checks revealed his identity.
Do you speak elephant? An Irishwoman’s Diary on perfecting the ‘nop’ in Laos (IT)

In Laos, my “foster” elephant eats shoots and leaves, then dumps me in the river. The first instant I met my elephant Mae Uak, I gave her a “nop”. Why, I’m not sure. In Laos, a “nop” is the respectful greeting you make when meeting anyone or dropping alms in monks’ bowls. You nop guests, nop to say sorry, nop if “nopped”. Also, it’s hard to hug Mae.  So when in doubt: nop. How? Bow briefly
Laos looks to step up from LDC status by ’30 (Japan News, VT or Nation)
Laos is aiming to achieve an upgrade from its least developed country (LDC) status at the United Nations to a middle income country by 2030 through strengthening international economic partnerships, including the promotion of tourism, a senior Laotian government official said on Friday. Savankhone Razmountry, vice minister of information, culture and tourism, made the
Other stories about Laos around the world
... What Languages Are Spoken In Laos? (World Atlas)
... Lao President assesses progress in Hadxaifong (VT)
... Private schools' bid for fee increase gets green light (VT)
... Laos promotes online trade in e-commerce push (InvestVine)
... Lao Govt Provides over US$50 M for Poverty Reduction (KPL)
... Bokeo: Grand Buddha Statute Design Almost Completed (KPL)
... Laos promoting e-commerce to facilitate businesses (XinhuaNet)
... Laos announces squad for women's U16 AFC Championship (Sina)
... Exhibition features Vietnam-Laos-Cambodia solidarity (VietnamPlus)
... Lao Govt, partners discuss health profession education reforms (VT)
... Sustainable Rattan-Bamboo Harvesting Benefits Forest Protection in Rural Communities
... Alleged Lao dealer dies (PPP)
... Exceeded expectations in Laos (GA)
... Laos, S. Korea to deepen cooperation (VT)
... Tourism officials mull ideas for development (VT)
... Unregistered Taxi Vans Increase in Number (KPL)
... Numerous revenue leak loopholes remain, govt told (VT)
... Kolao Holdings (900140) Soars 2.3% on Aug 30 (Huron Report)
... DKSH to drive Scotch’s food supplements growth in Laos (Nation)

... Vietnam, Laos strengthen scientific research cooperation (Nhan Dan)

... Lao Foreign Minister Pays a Courtesy Visit to S. Korea Premier (KPL)
... Quota review sought as volunteer teachers seek permanent roles (VT)

... Thai-Lao vehicle, accident insurance agreement signed (Bangkok Post)
... Laos, Thailand Seek for Strengthening Trade, Investment and Tourism (KPL)

... World Bank provides 250b kip (~$31 mil) for prevention of natural disasters (VT)
... Chinese companies gearing up as construction of China-Laos railway in full swing
... Ha Tinh marks 55th anniversary of Vietnam-Laos diplomatic relations (VietnamPlus)
... Rebooted franchise: The Lao Connection (PPP)

... Economic experts gather in Laos (TTR Weekly)

... Vientiane tackling labour intensive rice farming (VT)

... Get a taste of Laos in the East Bay (Berkeley Side)

... Souphaphone Crowned Miss Universe Laos 2017 (KPL)

... History's First MISS UNIVERSE LAOS Crowned (YOMYOMF)

... PanAust Ltd (PNA) Is Yet to See Trading Action on Aug 29 (NO)

... Lao PM gives guidelines on government's duties in September (VT)

... Miss Universe Laos 2017 is Souphaphone Somvichith (Missosology)

... Lao Govt accepting new employees as retirement replacements (VT)

... Plans put in action to turn Laos into a land link, Asian editors told (VT)

... Laos: Banana exports drop due to tightened regulations (Fresh Plaza)

... Govt Opens Lao Worker Status Adjustment Office in Thailand (KPL or VT)

... Gov’t Sets an Ambitious Plan to Export at least 30,000 M3 of Timber by 2020 (KPL)
... Livestock exports decline over half year (VT)
... Sikhottabong nightclubs under threat of closure (VT)
... Musical performance fosters Vietnam – Laos ties (VOV)
... Sisattanak police search for stolen Buddha images (VT)
... Laos’ rice exports drops 42 percent in first half (VietnamPlus)
... US Ambassador Inspects US-funded Project Progress (KPL)
... Lao government to limit civil servants number (XinhuaNet or VT)
... Mother River: a journey along the Mekong in Laos (Lonely Planet)
... Laos, Australia to enhance long-standing defence cooperation (VT)
... Laos crowns Miss World, Miss International 2017 reps (Missosology)
... China-Laos railway enters phase of comprehensive construction (ECNS)
... Hoa Binh intensifies cooperation with Laos' Luang Prabang (VietnamPlus)
... Investor Granted a 30-year Concession to Renovate Wat Xieng Khuan (KPL)
... The best destinations in Laos, Southeast Asia’s unsung hero (Intrepid Travel)

August 21-27, 2017

Banana exports drop after govt tightens regulations on growers (VT)
Laos earned almost US$125 million from banana exports in Q1 and Q2 this year, while last year's figure for the same period was over US$137.5 million, according to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.  The ministry noted that over the past four years, the value of banana exports increased from US$61.5 million in 2013 to US$197.8 million last year.
Could new China railway put Laos on the tourist map? (CNN)
Golden temples, Mekong River cruises, mighty waterfalls, and nearly two dozen national parks. On paper, Laos has it all. But the land-locked Buddhist country welcomed only around 4.2 million visitors in 2016 -- a paltry achievement compared with its southeastern Asian neighbors. In that same year, there were 32 million tourist arrivals in Thailand, 26.8 million in Malaysia and over 10 million in Vietnam -- all countries boasting long coastlines of gorgeous beaches. Meanwhile elsewhere in the region, Cambodia is famed internationally for its Angkor Wat "Tomb
Laos Is Illegally Selling Its Wild Elephants to China! Sign Petition to Stop This (OGP)
The world’s elephants are losing a vicious battle plagued upon by them by the greed of man. From the staggering rates of poaching for their tusks, skin, and body parts, to being violently beaten and exploited in tourist attractions like circuses and trekking expeditions, elephants are struggling to survive. The world’s leading contributor to the ivory trade and elephant exploitation is China, and
Saudi imposes poultry imports ban on Philippines, Laos over bird flu fears (XN)
Saudi Arabia has imposed a temporary ban on importing live birds, hatching eggs and chicks from the Philippines and Laos due to bird flu outbreaks, the Saudi Press Agency reported Tuesday. Sanad Al-Harbi, director general of the Animal Assessment Department of Saudi's Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, said the ban was based on a warning issued on Aug. 11
Botanical Gardens: A first for Laos (Gisborne Herald)
Our guide Vieng asked me why I had to touch every flower I saw at Pha Tad Ke Botanical Gardens in Luang Prabang. “I’m just making sure they are real,” I replied as I stretched to touch a particularly bright red flower and nearly fell into a pond.  The flowers at Pha Tad Ke gardens, the first botanical gardens to be established in Laos, were so lush and exuberant, they looked artificial . . . but they
Other stories about Laos around the world
... ANN seeks to promote Asia on world stage (VT)

... Laos pledges to foster scientific research (Sina)

... Laos' Lottery to Be Sold Every Wednesday (KPL)

... CPC officials deliver lectures in Laos (XinhuaNet)

... Laos, US share in recovery of more MIA remains (VT)

... 30 Granted Australian Government Scholarship (KPL)

... Travel Itinerary for Vietnam and Laos (50 Shades of Age)

... A Summer of Illinois-Laos Connections (Huffington Post)

... Lao authorities warn petrol stations not to cheat customers (VT)

... Scholarships offering vocational study for sought-after welders (VT)

... Sonca Storm Damages Estimated at 55.5 Billion Kip [~US$6.8 mil] (KPL)
... Vietnam, Laos step up religious cooperation (VOV)

... Australian Minister to Reaffirm Strategic Ties (KPL)

... Ministry throws weight behind scientific research (VT)

... Laos Moves to Restrict ‘Disordered’ Lottery System (RFA)

... That Luang restoration on track for November completion (VT)

... Fund extends support for environmental, social protection (VT)

... Lack of facilities prevent adequate treatment of chemical waste (VT)

... Sino-Laos Cross-border Capital Service Mechanism Launching Ceremony ...(MV)
... Soccer: Laos 1 Malaysia 3: Laboured win for Young Tigers sees them finish top (Yahoo)
... Chinese Firm to Build US $40 Million Elephant Conservation, Breeding Center in Laos (RFA)
... Flood management project 64 percent complete (VT)

... Lao PM wraps up visit to four southern provinces (VT)

... Conference spotlights protection of workers' rights (VT)

... China Awards 160 Scholarships to Lao Students (KPL)

... Lao Govt to steam ahead with railway compensation (VT)

... Lao Central Bank rolls out policy to boost productivity (VT)

... Vietnam, Laos peace committees enjoy fruitful cooperation (VOV)

... Forecasters warn of strong winds, heavy rain in northern Laos (VT)

... PM Urges Saravane Authorities to Tackle Illegal Timber Activities (KPL)

... Chinese Banana Farmers Warned to Comply With Established Rules (VT)

... Malaysia vs Laos Soccer: Can a changed line-up continue Tigers' winning run? (FFT)
... Cambodia-Laos border tension (Khmer Times)

... Singapore basketballers thump Laos 103-51 (TNP)

... Tackle social issues, PM directs Champassak (VT)

... THAI Smile returns to Luang Prabang (TTR Weekly)

... Gov’t Provides Relief Aid ($17K) to Flood Victims (KPL)

... Sangthong district plans entry gate to welcome visitors (VT)

... Party leader applauds Vietnam-Laos traditional friendship (VOV)

... Regional rural development experiences discussed in capital (VT)

... Regional countries discuss rural development in Laos (XinhuaNet)

... Lao-Thai Border: Cops urged to up efforts over missing official (BP)

... Mukdahan villages under friendly fire from Lao rocket festival (Nation)

... Vietnamese media expert shares lessons with Lao counterparts (VT)

... Soccer: Laos beat Brunei 3-0 in men’s football to register first win (MMO)

... U.S. Supports Education for Primary School Students in Savannakhet (KPL)

... A Chinese Company to Build a Fertilizer Mixing Plant in Luang Namtha (KPL)

... Chinese backer eyes US$40 million elephant conservation centre investment (VT)
... The Lure of Luang Prabang, Laos (Tripoto)
... Malaysia Ranks 4th Largest FDI in Laos (KPL)
... Laos: Down the mighty Mekong (Straits Times)
... Thai teachers propose awardees' network (VT)
... UXO continue to kill, maim local population (VT)
... New facilities to develop aquaculture in Laos (VT)
... Vientiane continuing consultation on road fund (VT)
... Teacher's language training opens doors in tourism (VT)
... The CIA Invented Terror-War In Laos (Diplomat/WordPress)
... Government Wins Back Lottery Draws to Once a Week (KPL)
... Laos death metal band Buddhlust release new demo (Unite Asia)
... Interview: Jessica Garrels of Catholic Relief Services in Laos (HP)
... Meeting Steve Canyon… and Flying with the CIA in Laos (Air & Space)
... Children exchanges promote Vietnam – Laos friendship (Talk Vietnam)
... Soccer SEA Games: Young Lions bounce back with 2-0 victory over Laos (CNA)
... Clearing Laos from Unexploded Ordnance Is Vital for Sustainable Development (KPL)

August 14-20, 2017

Lao Govt struggles to address budget deficit of US$1 billion for 2017 (VT)
In 2017, the government plans to collect 23.8 trillion kip in revenues, with expenditure set at 32.26 trillion kip and the deficit at 8.46 trillion kip (~US$1 billion), which is equal to 6.52 percent of GDP. In the meantime, revenue collection for 2018 has been set at 26.61 trillion kip (18.72 percent of GDP) while the budget expenditure is expected to touch 33.32 trillion kip (23.43 percent of GDP), with
Lao firm Kolao breaks ground with Thai bond issue (Nation)
LAOS-BASED Kolao Group has become the first private company from that country to tap the Thai corporate bond market, raising US$25 million in a private placement today. “We raised the funds from the Thai capital market in order to pay back some of our bonds that we issued in the Singapore capital market three years ago,” the company’s global coordination division director Yong Hoon Ralph Byun said in an interview with The Nation recently. “We will also use some of the funds raised to add to our capital for business expansion in the region.” Adisorn
China-Lao-Thai: Fast train to where, exactly? (Bangkok Post)
The rail line, to be completed in 2021, would extend to provide a fast gateway to Laos, where China is currently building a high-speed rail line. But more importantly, policymakers hope to see a network eventually connecting to lands farther afield. Seen as the bedrock for a vast high-speed rail network in Southeast Asia, its rails reaching like tentacles across the region, the Chinese-built
Laos Says It Will Withdraw Troops as Cambodia's Hun Sen Visits (Reuters, VT)
Cambodia and Laos reached an agreement on Saturday for Lao soldiers to pull back from their shared border after Cambodia accused Laos of sending troops into its territory, the leaders of both countries said. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday dispatched forces to the border and issued an ultimatum for Laos to withdraw the soldiers by Thursday. The Cambodian strongman
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... PM creates brigade after Laos row (Khmer Times)
... Govt urges local jobs on Laos-China railway project (VT)
... Vietnam vet fought in Laos, Cambodia (Brunswick News)
... Soccer - SEA Games: Myanmar 3-1 Laos (Fox Sports Asia)
... Road collapse causes major inconvenience in Phongsaly (VT)
... Workshop highlights efforts against gender-based violence (VT)
... 30 Lao military officers receive training in Hai Duong (Vietnam Plus)
... Laos-Thailand railway to launch freight transport service in few months (VT)
... Laos-Cambodia peace good for all: Vientiane Times columnist (Straits Times)
... Body of police officer stationed at Cambodia-Laos border found in Sekong River (PPP)
... Commission discusses child protection (VT)
... Laos continues to face budgetary tension: deputy PM (Sina)
... Lao NA, Govt discuss development impacts, compensation (VT)
... Laos eyes three gold medals at 29th SEA Games (VietnamPlus)
... Child literacy, school meals in Savannakhet with US support (VT)
... Viet Embassy in Laos raises funds to support flood victims (DCS)
... Chinaimo-Bo O-Xayfong Road Construction 60% Completed (KPL)
... Lao Govt officials discuss land management and development (VT)
... Young Hanoians engage in voluntary work in Vientiane (VietnamPlus)
... Maintaining traditional Laos-Cambodia ties in mutual interests (Nation)
... Lao Heritage Town to host 5th annual half marathon event (XinhuaNet)
... Qualifications up for grabs with carpentry courses undersubscribed (VT)
... Troops Pull Back From Disputed Areas After Lao, Cambodian PMs Meet (RFA)
... Health of girls gets support from S. Korea (VT)
... Lao People's Court marks 35th anniversary (VT)
... LFA requests prior to wood quota increasing (VT)
... Laos withdraws troops after Hun Sen ultimatum (PPP)
... Cambodian PM blasts Lao Foreign Minister (Khmer Times)
... Sengsavanh success in Asean youth entrepreneurship award (VT)
... Value-added tax to replace guesswork in raising revenue from SMEs (VT)
... Cambodia, Laos Agree to Withdraw Troops From Border-Dispute Zone (VOA)
... Incentives to promote commercial planting of trees under proposed decree (VT)
... Cambodian Critic Charged Over Comment on Laos Troop Deployment (US News)
... Weavers raw over rising silk prices (VT)
... Lao auditors target 590 government units (VT)
... Laos Marks 50th Anniversary of ASEAN (KPL)
... Laos Border Dispute Leads to Critic’s Arrest (CD)
... Laos to withdraw troops after Cambodia threat (Aljazeera)
... What’s behind Cambodia-Laos’ border flare-up? (Asia Times)
... Govt Donates Millions Kip to Relieve Flood Victims in Oudomxay (KPL)
... Cambodia gives ultimatum to Laos over 'border invasion' (iPhone Fresh)
... Laos, India further enhance trade, investment, tourism cooperation (Nation)
... China Grants CNY 78 Million ($12M) Funding Construction of VIP Dining Ballroom (KPL)

August 7-13, 2017

Northern Laos: A Trekker’s Paradise, Never Mind the Breakfasts (Go Nomad)
The town of Phongsali sits high in the clouds in that little northern tip of Laos that juts into the belly of southern China. On the dusty main drag, I could look down at a fog-shrouded valley that stretches into China only 10 miles away. This is the eastern edge of the Himalayas, and jet-black mountain tops stuck up through the clouds as I walked the street looking for a bowl of noodles.
Want to Invest in Laos? This is Why You Shouldn’t (Invest Asian)
Laos is one of the fastest growing nations in Asia. Strong exports and a burgeoning service sector helped its economy surge by 6.8% in 2016. The Asian Development Bank predicts even faster GDP growth of more than 7% going forward. Meanwhile, foreign investment in Laos surging – especially from its much larger neighbor. China is pouring record amounts of capital into nearby countries through the One Belt One Road initiative. Laos is one of the main beneficiaries. The fact that Laos borders five other nations, including China, makes it a primetarget to
MandaLao: Is this Laos' most responsible elephant retreat? (CNN)
A trip to MandaLao elephant camp is a different experience to visiting a typical elephant camp in Laos or Thailand. There are no elephant rides. No circus tricks. No evening elephant dances. Instead, the humans simply observe as these huge mammals splash in the river, wrestle in the grass, and snack on the forest canopy. It's a stark contrast to the rest of Southeast Asia, where
Asean's golden jubilee: 5 interesting things about Laos (Straits Times)
Find one of the world's top Buddhist monuments: Originally built in the third century at the same time Vientiane was established, That Luang stupa is the symbol of Laos. It was built to house the bones of Lord Buddha, but the original structure was renovated on the orders of King Saysetthathirath when he moved the Lao capital from Luang Prabang to Vientiane in 1560.
Laos-China railway brings changes to Laos (Sina or China)
In northern and central Laos,mountains seem to reign the area where population is scarce. Therewas almost nothing but primeval forests and traces ofslash-and-burn cultivation left by mountainous residents. However, since December 2016, within half a year since thebeginning of construction of China-Laos railway, the area has beenwitnessing massive changes.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos' booming tourism industry (Madison)
... Laos River Village Project (Exodus Travels)
... Lao Furniture Industry Lacks Skilled Labour (KPL)
... New road to reduce traffic congestion in capital's south (VT)
... Laos-China railway brings changes to Laos (Mekong Tourism)
... Achieve lagging millennium goals, targets, Lao PM instructs (VT)
... N. Laos' Oudomxay gears up to improve basic infrastructure (VT)
... Manipur CM Bats for People to People Connectivity in Laos (NET)
... Lao NA President Visits Cigarettes Factory in Luang Prabang (KPL)
... Over 400 People Infected with Dengue Viruses in S. Laos' Attapeu (KPL)
... Luang Prabang boat racers ready vessels for August 21 festival date (VT)
... Lao PM tells Xieng Khuang to fight corruption, illegal car imports, logging (VT)
... Slow Boat from Thailand to Laos Boat Review (AIY)
... Chinese investor rings up majority stake in ETL (VT)
... Handicraft makers learn to develop products as gifts (VT)
... Backyard Travel Launches Two New Laos Tours (eGTM)
... Capital's water channel designed for tourism development (VT)
... Lao Athletes Eye Three Gold Medals at 29th ASEA Games (KPL)
... Lao Photographer Brings Home Top Ten ASEAN 2017 Cup (KPL)
... Secondary education in nation's south gets boost via Japan grant (VT)
... Presentation on Thailand, Laos Tuesday in Old Forge (Rome Sentinel)
... In Laos & South East Asian countries..CM bats for people to people connectivity (ePao)
... Chinese "Peace Train" medical team brings experience, technology, friendship to Laos
... Fly to Udon, drive to Laos (TTR Weekly)
... New night market construction underway (VT)
... What is China's PLA doing in Laos? (MENA FN)
... Weather bureau warns of heavy rain in Laos (VT)
... India Ranks 8th Largest Foreign Investor in Laos (KPL)
... Maximise revenue collection, Lao PM tells ministry (VT)
... That Luang Plaza to open to shoppers later this year (VT)
... Lao-Thai dishes out great food, great value (Winnepeg FP)
... Get a taste of Laotian flavors, sticky rice at new KC food truck (KC)
... A Refugee from Laos Finds a Home in the Jewish Community (MJL)
... N. Laos' Luang Namtha Allows Private Company to Built a Cultural Park (KPL)
... Chinese company completes acquisition of Lao tel company [ETL] (ECNS, XN)
... Probe of Timber Trucks Seized in Laos Likely ‘Never-Ending’: CSO Official (RFA)
... WRJ Design Brings Italy and Laos to Jackson Hole with Two Celebration Events...
... Beware work abroad scams, illegal brokers targeting migrant labour, ministry warns
... Chinese firm brings safe drinking water to Lao villagers while building China-Laos railway
... Laos, Korea cooperate on labour (VT)
... Lao Front prepares 67th anniversary celebrations (VT)
... Villagers along Xebangfay river warned on rising water (VT)
... Vinamilk hoped to expand investment in Laos (Talk Vietnam)
... Real estate continues onward expansion in nation capital (VT)
... N B Singh appeals people of Laos to explore Manipur’s culture, tradition (EM)
... Laos among Asean, partners progressing regional cooperation in Philippines (VT)
... Over 5,000 Infected with Dengue Viruses (KPL)
... Floods kills 2 in northern Laos (XinhuaNet or VT)
... Laos proudly celebrating Asean's fifty years (VT)
... Top 10 Fascinating Facts About Laos (List Verse)
... Buddhist ceremony well blessed in Laos (Gisborne Herald)
... Phu Bia Mining Continues Impressive Production in Laos (KPL)
... Behind the ‘zines: Lonely Planet Traveller’s September issue (LP)
... Explore the Mekong on a Four-Country River Cruise (Travel + Leisure)
... Chinese military medics' mission advances experience, friendship (VT)
... State vehicle management decree latest in car cost reduction drive (VT)
... Moscow, Geneva get-togethers celebrate Vietnam-Laos diplomatic ties (TV)
... Luxemburg provides 4.6 billion kip [~US$561K] to improve health services (VT)

July 31-Aug 6, 2017

Laos prepares for talks with EU to promote legal timber trade (XinhuaNet)
Lao government, civil society organizations and wood processing industry met in Lao capital Vientiane on Wednesday, discussing the updated Timber Legality Definition to take a further step towards better accessing the European Union (EU) market, Lao News Agency (KPL) reported Thursday. The discussion was made at a technical working group meeting held in Vientiane under
The Laos teens beating poverty as novice monks (AFP/Yahoo)
Each dawn, lines of teenage monks in orange robes criss-cross the temple-studded streets of Luang Prabang, the religious heart of Laos & the storied seat of kings and colonisers. They gather in the gloom to receive alms -- normally freshly cooked rice or snacks -- from the faithful, a ritual that weaves spiritual and practical bonds between the novice monks & the community they serve.  It is the centrepiece of the strict daily routine undertaken by hundreds of novices drawn from poor, rural villages to the ancient temples which fleck the UNESCO-listed
Rights Group Says Thai Anti-Junta Activist Abducted in Laos (NY Times)
An exiled Thai opposition activist and outspoken critic of Thailand's ruling junta has been abducted in Laos, a rights group said on Tuesday, calling on authorities in Thailand and Laos to investigate the disappearance. Wuthipong Kochathamakun, a member of the "red shirt" movement that has backed populist governments led by former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, has been in hiding
Bus accident in central Laos injures 39 (XinhuaNet)
Thirty-nine people sustained injuries when a bus overturned in central Laos' Borikhamxay province, Lao state-run media Vientiane Times reported on Monday. Local rescue team initially provided first-aid and help to the 18 people who sustained moderate injuries and sent them to the hospital in capital Vientiane. Meanwhile, people who sustained minor injuries received first-aid before being
Six Vietnamese workers dead in Lao dam blast (VOR or NIE or VT)
Six Vietnamese workers were killed when an oxygen tank exploded at the construction site of a hydropower plant in Laos’ Bolikhamsai Province, a Vietnamese border army chief confirmed on Saturday. Võ Trong Hai, border force chief of Hà Tinh Province that shares a border with Bolikhamsai Province, told the media that the explosion occurred at about 10pm on Friday night,
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Laos, Thailand Establish Laovieng Association (KPL)
... Lao Students to Leave for Japan World Contest (KPL)
... UNICEF committed to supporting breastfeeding in Laos (Sina)
... Scholarships offer poor students a step up towards prosperity (VT)
... Champassak authorities to plug loopholes in revenue collection (VT)
... Local organic production growth predicted via guarantee system (VT)
... Provincial leaders prepare to return surplus vehicles, official says (VT)
... Plain of Jars ready for submission for UNESCO certification next year (VT)
... Huay Xai Laos – Thrilling 15KM Ziplines & World’s Tallest Tree houses (ASG)
... Vietnam, Laos Parties share experience in sustainable development (Talk Vietnam)
... Lao Govt, EU negotiate to promote legal timber trade (VT)
... Cambodia: Expressway to Laos Is News To Ministry (CD)
... University entrance results to be announced this month (VT)
... First Oil Refinery Expected to Be Completed Next Year (KPL)
... Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam parliaments vow development push (VT)
... Beerlao Grants 1.4 Bln kip (~US$ 171K) for Renovation of Parks (KPL)
... Laos/Thailand: Investigate Abduction of Exiled Red Shirt Activist (HRW)
... Elgin hosts Lao conference, reconnects with sister city (Chicago Tribune)
... Entertainment venues near schools, hospitals prepare for closure order (VT)
... Attapeu governor vows to identify, punish illegal timber traders under law (VT)
... ANZ taps Pinto as new Laos CEO (Global Capital)
... Savannakhet Shuts Down 74 Timber Factories (KPL)
... Lao Airlines to Fly Direct Flights to Japan (KPL or XN)
... Moonshine With a Monkey on the Mekong in Laos (PT)
... Construction resumes at central Khuadin Bus Station (VT)
... Khammuan puts pause on sales of non-provincial fish (VT)
... Luang Prabang may become Asean Clean Tourist City (VT)
... Agricultural producers propose lowering electricity costs (VT)
... Junta Won’t Ask Laos About ‘Disappeared’ Monarchy Critic (Khaosod)
... Laos calls for enhanced int'l cooperation to eradicate UXO (XinhuaNet)
... Thai activist abducted in Laos as tensions rise in Thailand (Sydney MH)
... Thai junta deny involvement in dissident's Laos 'abduction' (World Bulletin)
... Southern Laos' Saravan to move victims of massive fire to new location (VT)
... Huay Xai Laos – Thrilling 15KM Ziplines & World’s Tallest Tree houses (ASG)
... Lao gov't approve Chinese company to conduct SEZ feasibility study (ECNS)
... Lao Villagers Arrested in 11-Year-Old Land Dispute in Sekong Province (RFA)
... Chinese company keen to develop special economic zone in Champassak (VT)
... Chicken and Shrimp Laap (Larb) (Skinny Taste)
... Famous artist Chen Lin’s deep love of Laos (TRP)
... Children's Fund strengthens breastfeeding promotion (VT)
... Laos calls for enhanced int'l cooperation to eradicate UXO (China)
... More victims counted as UXO convention anniversary marked (VT)
... Work on US$380 mil Laos-Vietnam oil pipeline project awaits approval (VT)
... Viet bankers rush to invest in neighboring markets (i.e. Laos (Talk Vietnam)
... Traditional Lao-Hmong farmers in Missouri embrace new techniques (DSJ)
... Laos values Asean-China cooperation, Deputy PM tells Guizhou audience (VT)
... Suspected Lao drug lord denies charges (Nation)
... Ho Chi Minh City boosts investment in Laos (VBN)
... Xaysana, two others, plead not guilty in court (Bangkok Post)
... Pupuk Indonesia seeks fertilizer cooperation with Laos Govt (Republika)
... China, Laos pledge to boost cooperation along Mekong river (XinhuaNet)
... From Laos to Agricenter International: One family's journey (Biz Journal)
... Dozens of Lao tourists hospitalized with food poisoning in Da Nang (VNE)
... Four Lao men arrested, 495kg ganja seized in Nakhon Phanom (Bangkok Post)
... Fight against bile trade with new Laos sanctuary for rescued moon bears (SCMP)
... Thai Monarchy Critic in Exile Reportedly ‘Disappeared,’ Junta Denies Knowledge (KE)
... Christian convert in Laos refuses to denounce faith even after his family beat him (CD)
... Laos Marks 7th Anniversary of Convention on Cluster Munitions Entry Into Force (KPL)

July 24-30, 2017

Large Sum of Yaa Baa Seized at northern Laos' Boten Checkpoint (KPL or VT)
Lao Ad Hoc Committee in cooperation with Chinese police siezed a gang of drug traffickers in possession of a large sum of amphetamine tablets at Boten International Customs Checkpoint, Luang Namtha province, on Thursday’s morning, July 27. Officers have disclosed that they were able to seize 362 bundles of amphetamines (2,172,000 tablets) hidden in a Chinese modified
Laos: human rights in the Land of a Million Elephants (ASPI Strategist)
What got less attention is what’s been happening next door, in smaller but still very communist Laos. Three workers in Thailand who came back to Laos to renew their Thai visas were arrested & held in detention last year after posting material offensive to the Govt on Facebook. They received harsher sentences than Me Nam. Twenty-nine-year-old Somphone Phimmasone got 20 years and
Dozens of Laotian elephants 'illegally sold to Chinese zoos' (Guardian/MSN or EIJ)
Dozens of elephants from Laos are being illegally bought by China to be displayed in zoos and safari parks across the country, according to wildlife investigator and film-maker Karl Ammann. According to Ammann, so-called captive elephants in Laos sell for about £23,000 before being walked across the border into China by handlers or “mahouts” near the border town of Boten.  Thereafter they are transported to receiving facilities, which buy them from the agents for
Laos: Prospective scholars sit national university exams (VT or KPL)
Some 18,159 students including 8,782 women are sitting entrance exams for the opportunity to study in some 13 faculties of National University of Laos (NUoL) in 2017-18. Exams will be held today in subjects including physics, mathematics, chemistry, literature, biology, geography and history. NUoL Academic Affairs Office Director, Associate Professor Dr Khamphong
Laotian Man Arrested for Trafficking Nearly 5 kg of Crystal Meth (CD or KT)
A three-month investigation by anti-drug officers led to the arrest of a Laotian man in Stung Treng province on Saturday for trafficking nearly 5 kg of crystal methamphetamine into Cambodia, an Interior Ministry official said. Chakli Cheutali, 21, was detained as he walked along a road carrying a suitcase in Khamphan village in Stung Treng City’s Samakki commune, according to In Song
Demonic possession (Phi Pob) in Laos - is it real, or a pretext to banish ... (SCMP)
May Day in the Four Thousand Islands, a riverine archipelago that dots an especially wide stretch of the Mekong.  On a public holiday to celebrate workers across the ever-shrinking communist world, a very different sort of ritual is being held here, at the southernmost tip of the Lao People's Democratic Republic.  Villagers gather in a clearing in the woods on the outskirts of Nakasang,
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Nation steps up fight against human trafficking (VT)

... Lao Vice FM Receives New World Bank Officials (KPL)

... Bulk ore sorting at Phu Kham copper mine, Laos (IM-Mining)

... Laos Rural Tourism: Sharing the Countryside (eTurbo News)

... Doctors skills upgraded to ensure malaria properly treated (VT)

... Laos, United States parties strengthen cooperation, relations (VT)

... Illegal imports [of more than 5000 cars] investigated, PM stressed (VT)

... Indonesia seeks to enhance bilateral cooperation with Laos (Antara News)

... Indonesia, Laos Celebrate 60 Years of Bilateral Relations (Jakarta Informer)

... Vietnam-Laos Beauty Promoted through Cultural Tourism Programmes (TV)

... Golden Triangle: Saving Elephants, One Exotic Vacation at a Time (Bloomberg)

... Spend 3 days of summer on Mekong River and the 4000 Islands of Laos (WWYG)

... Chinese embassy holds reception in Laos celebrating 90th anniversary of PLA (XN)

... From Tibet To South China Sea: The Mekong River Is Becoming A Regional Battlefield
... Laos revises poverty line (XinhuaNet)

... Indotrek buys ecolodge in Laos (TTG Asia)

... Ho Chi Minh City delegation visits Laos (VBN)

... Laos studies potential tourist sites (TTR Weekly)

... Cabinet calls for timeliness in railway projects (VT)

... Laos to submit movies for Oscars for 1st time (Sina)

... Singapore carrier plans to fly to Cambodia, Laos (PPP)

... Xayabouly Announces to Withdraw Position Cars (KPL or VT)

... Things to do in the Bolaven Plateau that you shouldn't miss(AIU)

... Lao Airlines to re-launch direct flights to Singapore in October (VT)

... Lao kickboxers to face Chinese fighters ahead of SEA Games (EM)

... Laos, World Bank join hands on US$ 25 mil water management (VT)

... Mother and child issues on top of agenda for National Commission (VT)

... Ad Hoc Committee Investigates into Illegal Log Export Conspiracies (KPL)

... The ‘Plain Of Jars’ In Laos Is One Of Most Mysterious Places On Earth (BT)
... Lao-American: Kentucky company launches packaging, logistics division (LR)
... Vietnam Extends Assistance worth Over US$ 1.5 mil to Vientiane Province (KPL)

... WB Provides US$ 25 M Supporting Water Resources Management in Laos (KPL)

... Young Lao Christian tied up, savagely beaten by family but still follows Jesus (CP)
... Lao Govt set to revise poverty lines (VT)

... Luang Prabang salad - Laos salad (CC)

... Laos, Vietnam enhance cooperation in public relations (VT)

... New investors sought for city's Nongpaen tourism project (VT)

... Lao Government introduces customs, tax, fee e-payments (VT)

... Thai police make $30m drug haul linked to Laos suspect (AFP/Yahoo)

... Import and Export Procedures in Laos – Best Practices (Asian Briefing)

... Luang Prabang Is the Top Ten Best Tourist City in the World 2017 (KPL)

... Nation's renewable energy options explored with assistance from China (VT)

... Thai police seize $40 million drug haul linked to Laos suspect (Straits Times)

... Eighth U.S.-Laos Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue Share (US Dept of State)

... Risk of exposure to potential vector mosquitoes for rural workers in northern Laos
... Lao FM to Visit Indonesia on Jul 26-28 (KPL)

... Luang Namtha eyes cultural tourism opportunities (VT)

... Laos, Australia renew cooperation on human rights (VT)

... Flash flooding kills teenager in central Laos' Borikhamxay (VT)

... Thaicom to Establish Pay-TV Platform in Laos (Satellite Today)
... Lao ministry hosts talk with students about Vietnam-Laos ties (VOV)
... Incense offering event commemorates heroic martyrs in Laos (VBN)

... Adventist Church in Australia Helps in Laos and Timor-Leste (Advantist)

... Vietnam, Laos Hold Joint Patrol Amid Inaugural Border Exchange (Diplomat)
... Lao film steps onto the world stage (Nation)

... New Chinese Ambassador takes up post in Laos (VT)

... My Two Favorite Spots in Luang Prabang, Laos (DTC)

... Laos: Making a meal of the mighty Mekong (Daily Mail)

... Laos plans incentives for tourism investors (Travel DM)

... Heroin Seized on Vietnam-Laos Border (Prensa Latina)

... Laos considers special policy for citizenship granting (Sina)

... Pilgrimage convoy takes detour to reach Laos (Astro Awani)

... Laos’ UXO Center – Hidden Impacts of War History (PMTP)

... Vietnam, Laos border guards hold joint patrol (VietnamPlus)

... Lower logistics costs to boost business, competitiveness (VT)

... HCM City youths join voluntary activities in Laos (VietnamPlus)

... Minimum wage increase the key for survival of Lao workers (VT)

... Higher Lao tariffs could doom border market (Westover Review)

... Laos seeks investment in tourist site development (VietnamPlus)

... Champassak council debates provincial development issues (VT)

... 180 billion kip (~US$ 22 mil) to expand health insurance fund (VT)

... Laos-China Railway Project Needs over 7,000 Lao Workers (KPL)

... Laos, Thailand Agree to Enhance Environmental Cooperation (KPL)

... The Hiker Laos Earns 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence (PR)

... Mega First on the growth radar with Laos power project as booster (Star)

... Lao Central Bank Rejects Blame For Agro Investment Firm Default (RFA)

... Incense offering event commemorates heroic martyrs in Laos (Talk Vietnam)

July 17-23, 2017

Laos-China Railway Contractors Achieve Almost 8% of Planned Construction (KPL)
The constructors of the historic Laos-China railway linking Vientiane to the Chinese border over a distance of 417 km have recorded a 7.7 per cent construction progress. Review of the progress in the construction of multibillion US dollar railway project was reported at a meeting held in Vientiane on Jul 19 under the chairmanship of Minister of Public Works and Transport, Mr Bounchanh
More than 150,000 Lao workers return home from Thailand (VT)
Many of an estimated 150,000 Lao labourers working in Thailand (both legally and illegally) have continued to return home after Thailand enforced regulations relating to employment of unregistered migrant workers. In Champassak province, many workers, notably those who entered Thailand illegally, returned home as they feared law enforcement action against migrant labour, an official in charge has confirmed. Director of Champassak Provincial Department of Labour and Social Welfare, Mr Khambay Bounluang told Vientiane Times
Vientiane, Laos – World’s Most Relaxed Capital (TCSP)
Backpackers head south to get drunk and float down the river that skirts the village of Vang Vieng. More sophisticated travellers zero in on Laos’ luxurious capital, Vientiane, usually before a visit to Luang Prabang. Unusually for a capital, Vientiane lies just over a border – the one with Thailand, just across the Friendship Bridge. The influence that shines through most brightly, however, is
Heavy rain brings floodwaters to central Laos' Borikhamxay (VT)
Heavy rainfall over several hours caused flood waters to inundate farmlands and cut off key road routes in Khamkeuth district, Borikhamxay province, an official has confirmed. Officials in at-risk areas are monitoring river levels including Phao and Kata Rivers through to the Nam Thern River, which was now at the height of 11-12 metres, surpassing the danger level of 10 metres. 
Laos: No Progress on Human Rights (HRW)
Australian officials should press the government of Laos to respect human rights at the Australian-Laos human rights dialogue, scheduled for July 18-19, 2017, in Vientiane, Human Rights Watch said today in a submission to the Australian government. Key areas of concern in Laos are freedom of speech, association, and assembly; enforced disappearances; abusive drug detention
Market blaze seen for miles as capital's Chinese market burns (VT)
One of the capital's biggest retail spaces, San Jiang market, has been reduced to ash and rubble after a major fire on Friday evening. Speaking to Vientiane Times on Sunday, Deputy Head of Vientiane Fire Prevention and Protection Police Department Major Sisouvang Xaysouthep said the fire started at about 5:30 pm and took more than three hours to extinguish. Fortunately, no one wa
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Lao Labour Skills Are Still Substandard (KPL)
... Laos, Thailand enhance environmental cooperation (VT)
... Investment welcomed for Lao tourism site development (VT)
... Lao defence ministry celebrates Vietnam-Laos relationship (TV)
... Govt scrutinises revenue collection, enforcement of decrees (VT)
... EPF lending over US$ 1 mil conservation support to provinces (VT)
... Authorities mull ways to resolve PS company's illegal operation (VT)
... 2nd Circ. Upholds Order Tossing $57M Award Against Laos (Law360)
... Agawam mayoral candidate Vak Chonmany's campaign kickoff party (ML)
... U.S. Senior Official’s Visit Highlights Cooperation on Resolving UXOs (KPL)
... MK's Asian Persuasion Offers Food Inspired by Laos in Southampton (RFT)
... Lao-American: Food, fun and festivities delight crowds at Water Festival (VB)
... My Review of Bombs and Butterflies: Over the Hill in Laos by Jo Carroll (JBB)
... Korean Investment in Laos, Cambodia Infrastructure, and Thailand Retail Sector
... Travelling on Kasi-Nan Road is Possible but only for 4WD Vehicles, Say Authorities
... Chinese Companies Granted 2 Years to Harvest Banana, Say Xayaboury Authorities
... Northern roads in Laos cut by landslides (VT)

... Vietnam, Laos should intensify ties in all areas (VT)

... Laos make historic Para taekwondo debut (Paralympic)

... Boart Longyear wins contract in Laos (Mining Magazine)

... Boosting nutrition one TV show at a time in Laos (GFAR)

... Extension shares farming strategies with Lao-Hmong (CD)

... NUoL promoting enrolments in French, agriculture, sport (VT)

... China is Overrated: Investing in ASEAN is Better (Invest Asian)

... Vietcombank gets approval to open bank in Laos (VietnamNews)

... Vietnam, Laos jointly organize television show on relations (DCS)

... Northern Laos: Road No 7 in XiengKuang Cut by Floodwater (VT)

... Lao central provinces promote trade, tourism in HCM City (VietnamPlus)

... Laos: Keep eyes open for rising rivers, residents of lowlands warned (VT)

... Lao Govt to Spend US$ 300 mil for improving Vietnam's Vung Ang Port (KPL)

... Asean Schools Games: Laos swimmers build on their Olympic experience (ST)
... Laos to establish administrative courts (VT)
... Lao man caught smuggling drugs (Khmer Times)
... Images of Laos go on display in Hanoi (VietnamPlus)
... Luang Prabang voted among world's top 15 cities (VT)
... Meeting salutes Laos-Vietnam friendship, solidarity (VT)
... Vietcombank to establish subsidiary in Laos (Nhan Dan)
... Search for clues continues after Chinese market fire (VT)
... PM vows steadfast support for Lao growth (VietnamNews)
... Over 800,000 Vehicles Registered in Vientiane Captial (KPL)
... One Arrested, Two Charged for Drug Trafficking (CD or PPP)
... Viet National Assembly Chairwoman meets Laos Vice President (VBN)
... Boat service to Konglor Cave stopped temporarily after heavy rains (VT)
... A Weekend In: Luang Prabang, Laos – The Gem of Southeast Asia (BA)
... Lao heritage site Luang Prabang among world's top 15 cities (XinhuaNet)
... Laos: Thousands of unexploded bombs are another "secret war" legacy (ST)
... Lao officials to approve final compensation scheme for high-speed railway (RFA)
... How Minnesota churches are playing an important role preserving Lao-Hmong culture
... Laos-Vietnam celebrate treaty (VT)
... Images on Laos exhibited (VietnamNews)
... IFC invests $2m in Laos-based realty project (DSA)
... Defence ties key to Vietnam – Laos cooperation (VOV)
... Ministry, Songmeunang to cooperate for silk production (VT)
... Chinnaly Norasing Crowned as Miss Grand Laos 2017 (KPL)
... Country's charms, culture on show for 2018 Visit Laos Year (VT)
... Lao official sends condolence to fire-affected market (XinhuaNet)
... New Isuzu MU-X Blue Power Introduced to Lao Customers (KPL)
... Lao woman gave breast milk to VN soldier in wartime (VietnamNet)
... Authorities Continue Investigation into San Jiang Market Blaze (KPL)
... Women strengthen development in Vientiane's Sangthong district (VT)
... Indonesia Targets Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar to Lure More Tourists (JG)
... Lao-Thai: Mekong Tourism Forum bound for Nakhon Phanom in 2018 (TTG Asia)
... Laos: Decades after America’s ‘secret war’, unexploded bombs still hinder devpt (AC)
... Laos here we come (Travel Blog)
... A gem in Vientiane (Gisborne Herald)
... Laos SME centre to boost startup skills (Nation)
... Japan Ranks 7th Biggest Investor in Laos (KPL)
... Australia – Laos Human Rights Dialogue (HRW)
... Laos' Kolao explores Thailand bond debut (Reuters)
... A dream garden blooms in Luang Prabang (Nikkei AR)
... Play on Vietnam-Laos ties premieres in Vientiane (VOV)
... Laos is a key link for China’s Obor ambitions (Asia Times)
... Are Chinese nationals being targeted in Laos? (Asia Times)
... Illegal vehicle importation incidents chased up in capital (VT)
... Fines Imposed on over 100 Vehicles Imported Illegally (KPL)
... Dozens of Houses Burned in Southern Laos' Saravane (KPL)
... Fallen Vietnamese soldiers in Laos commemorated (VietnamPlus)
... Lao government to open centres for returning Lao workers (Nation)
... Central Laos' Borikhamxay irrigation project feasibility study approved (VT)
... Northern Laos' Houaphanh: Construction of Nam Tab Dams 1 to 3 Begins (KPL)
... Luang Prabang named world's top 10 destination 2017: Travel + Leisure (Yahoo)
... Lao-Hmong: Born in a Thai refugee camp, she's now a Twin Cities attorney (WDN)

July 10-16, 2017

Can Laos Clear Its Unexploded Bombs? (Diplomat)
Last week, Laos and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) inked a new support project document focusing on clearing unexploded ordnance (UXO). Though the process itself was fairly routine, it nonetheless illustrated the Southeast Asian state’s continued struggle in this realm. Laos’ UXO challenge is a significant one and one that dates back to the Vietnam War, when more
Lao workers (at least 71,000) in Thailand to get special aid (Bangkok Post)
The Labour Ministry will open a centre to ensure the legal status of Lao workers who can prove their identity, while Lao authorities have promised to help illegal workers wanting to return home to acquire passports so they can be legally re-employed in Thailand. Thai and Lao authorities discussed ways to solve the undocumented workforce problem early this week. 
Lao Govt to pursue 7 percent economic growth in 2018 (VT or Investvine)
The government expects to pursue economic growth to at least seven percent in 2018, the same level expected for 2017, according to the Ministry of Finance. The ministry is drafting the budget plan for 2018, which will be submitted to the upcoming ordinary session of the National Assembly (NA), scheduled to take place in October for debate and approval. To attain the expected target, the ministry eyes collecting a total revenue of 26,618 billion kip (18.72 percent of the GDP)
Lao-Australian: If you don't like it, ... go back to Laos (Daily MailI)
Australia's race discrimination commissioner has been told to buy a plane ticket to Laos if he is so concerned about white people being prevalent in politics and the media. Sky News presenter Rowan Dean has taken exception to Tim Soutphommasane for telling a Senate committee there are too many 'Anglo-Celtics' in parliament. With Sudanese-born Muslim youth activist Yassmin
World Bank committing over US$437 mil to support Laos (VT)
The World Bank is currently supporting 43 active projects in Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia, with commitments of over US$2.7 billion as of June, according to a recent report. Of the total figure, 18 projects are in Laos with the total commitment of US$437 million, while 12 projects worth US$243 million are in Cambodia. Myanmar represents more than half of the total commitment in the three
Other stories about Laos around the world
... A Bar Mitzvah in Laos (Lubavitch)
... Lao President welcomes fish release (VT)
... World Population Day celebrated in capital (VT)
... Laos Actively Spurs Investment Promotion (KPL)
... PH, Laos agree to enhance bilateral ties (Update)
... Belarus to host delegations from Vietnam, Laos (BTA)
... China keen to make Laos part of chain (Bangkok Post)
... Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam deepen cultural heritage (VBN)
... Association for Autism team wins first Lao ICT awards (VT)
... Government to open centres for returning Lao workers (VT)
... Laos, Thailand discuss legalization of informal workers (XinhuaNet)
... "Chinese Culture Park - Lao Camp" closes in Vientiane, Laos (Sina)
... Lao economy remain fastest growing in region: report (Global Times)
... Malaysian Ambassador visits Don Sahong Hydropower Project (KPL)
... Ministry, development partners discuss national health information system (VT)
... Vietnam-Laos Border in the Spotlight Amid Anniversary Celebrations (Diplomat)
... Lao gov't to push for use of contraceptives, reduce adolescent pregnancies (XN)
... Luang Prabang Half Marathon 2017: Every Step Can Help Save a Child (Runs Society)
... Lao FM to visit PH this week (MB)
... 2018 Amended Electricity Price Underway (KPL)
... Results of school exams still in assessment (VT)
... Appetites: The summery tastes of Laos (MPR News)
... Fish conservation improving food, income, and tourism (VT)
... Vietnamese, Lao localities build peaceful border (Nhan Dan)
... Almost 40 Million Fingerlings to be Released on Jul 13 (KPL)
... World Bank supports disaster risk management in Laos (VT)
... Robust globe a must for rapid growth in Laos: economist (VT)
... Judge Says Laos Casino Investor Must Arbitrate Suit (Law360)
... Govt Looks to Push Use of Contraceptives to 65 Percent (KPL)
... Minister hails Lao-Vietnamese communications cooperation (VT)
... Local Firm Invests Over UD$ 2.5 Million in Agro Investment Project (KPL)
... Trial of Thais Charged With Trafficking 8 Lao Workers Begins (Benar News)
... Chinese painter Chen Lin talks about his deep ties to Laos and its people (GT)
... NZ beefs up agricultural assistance (VT)
... Japan-led water supply project wraps up (VT)
... Laos plans more cattle amid export slide (Nation)
... Surge in Newly Registered Vehicles in 2017 (KPL)
... Road 16 W Opened for Public Use in Pakse (KPL)
... JICA Supports Sustainable Water Supply in Laos (KPL)
... Lao-Australian: Multicultural voices deserve to be heard (SBS)
... Traditional medicine curriculum set to commence at UHS (VT)
... Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam consolidate relationship via fronts (VT)
... Soccer: M'sia To Face Laos In Sea Games opening Meet (EMFIZZ)
... Lao-Thai: Two arrested selling wildcat skins in Chiang Mai (Bangkok Post)
... Laos set to end hunger by 2030 (VT)
... Many motorists don't have licenses: officials (VT)
... Laos plans more cattle amid export slide (Nation)
... Landslide claims six lives in Phongsaly (VT or Sina)
... Information key to boosting Korean investment (VT)
... Korean franchise operators seek partners in Laos (Nation)
... A cultural and coastal odyssey in Laos and Cambodia (BT)
... Government experts discuss occupational health and safety (VT)
... Lao-Thai Border: Government told to dangle better SEZ carrots (BP)
... Devotees nationwide mark Buddhist Lent (VT)
... Video of the Week! Laos from Above! (Drone Life)
... Laos’ NA Speaker wraps up visit to Vietnam (VOV)
... Vientiane Shuts Down 4 Illegal Furniture Factories (KPL)
... New road to integrate southern provinces with region (VT)
... United States to realise committed assistance to Laos (VT)
... Hepatitis A reports on increase in capital, Vientiane province (VT)
... Badminton: M'sia To Face Laos In Sea Games opening Meet (MD)
... Trial health project targets thousands of uninsured in Saravan (VT)
... Soccer: Brunei to renew rivalry with Laos after SEA Games draw (BB)
... ASEAN Workshop boosts Lao PDR's e-commerce sector (Korea Times)
... Chiang Rai Province and Lao Celebrate Asalha Puja & Buddhist Lent (CRT)
... Lao-Hmong textile exhibit displays intricate techniques and traditions (Missoulian)

July 3-9, 2017

How Southeast Asia [i.e. Laos] Can Leverage China’s New Silk Road (EIP)
In the deep valleys of northern Laos, the Nam Khan River – a major tributary of the mighty Mekong – slices through extraordinary scenery. Towering, mist-covered mountain ranges; a sublimely preserved Unesco heritage-listed city that was once a royal capital; rippling rice paddies and fishing villages are just some of the dreamy scenes along its banks. Since 2015, though, it has
Laos, China bilateral trade reached US$ 2.34 billion in 2016 (VT or Sina or KPL)
Laos and China have pledged to further promote their cooperation in economic, trade and technical assistance matters, a meeting of representatives of the two sides heard in the capital yesterday. The bilateral trade volume in 2016 reached US$2.34 billion, including Lao goods exported to China reaching US$1.35 billion, while Chinese goods imported by Laos was up to US$990 million.  The meeting was attended by Minister of Industry and Commerce, Ms Khemmani
Laos kicks off the South East Asian One Belt, One Road (Beef Central)
I prefer the historical term of the new “Silk Road” to describe the modern trade routes linking China with the rest of the world. The new, high speed rail line from China to the capital of Laos in Vientiane will certainly provide a silky-smooth 160 km/hour ride through the mountains and valleys of northern Laos with an efficient flat track being facilitated by 63% of the 414 km line constructed
2017 Trafficking in Persons Report - Laos (Ref World)
LAOS: TIER 2 WATCH LIST- The Government of Laos does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so. The government demonstrated significant efforts during the reporting period by expanding training for provincial law enforcement, strengthening processes for the identification of internal trafficking victims, and
US provides over US$ 3 million for unexploded ordnance clearance (VT)

The US government has agreed to provide a grant worth 24 billion kip (US$3,026,000) to the project for supporting rural development through Unexploded Ordnance clearance in Xieng Khuang province. The grant will contribute to non-technical and technical survey and clearance of the Unexploded Ordnance clearance (UXO) in the three Xieng Khuang districts of Nonghet, Khoun and
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Mental health in Laos, one in four at risk (VT)

... Laos, Vietnam highlight traditional friendship (VT)

... Germany offers lessons in local self-governance (VT)

... VN-Laos historical relic site inaugurated (VietnamNews)

... Vietnam and Laos: Relations of loyalty and stability (VOV)

... Group finds Asia's performing elephants are treated harshly (ABC News)

... Vietnam - Laos border culture, sport and tourism exchange in Son La (DCS)

... Lao-American - Immigrant Heritage Month Profile: Meet Kavy Lenon (Rapidian)

... In 'Afterland,' Mai Der Vang portrays the exodus of Hmong from Laos to US (NO)
... Ministry to order closure of foreign clinics (VT)
... Road fund sparks rising concerns about costs (VT)
... Laos, China Promote Domestic Use of Biogas (KPL)
... Hot Hotels: Azerai Luang Prabang (Gourmet Traveller)
... VN, Laos highlight traditional friendship (VietnamNews)
... Nam Ngam basin attracting more to Xieng Khuang (VT)
... Vietnam-Laos Trade Fair 2017 wraps up (Talk Vietnam)
... Laos, S. Korea Agree to Expanding E-Commerce (KPL)
... Laos Expects to Have 100 Hydropower Plants by 2020 (KPL)
... Soccer: Lao U-15 to give best shot at AFF Championship (Nation)
... Lao NA President meets Lao students in Son La, VN (VietnamPlus)
... Authorities plan to solve Donnoun-Thangone road flooding issues (VT)
... Lao-Thai Border: Man arrested with 140,000 meth pills in Mukdahan (Nation)
... Asia-Africa cooperation as Laos, Morocco mark two decades of relations (VT)
... What is the Currency of Laos? (World Atlas)
... Ministry reviews achievements in education (VT)
... Cheating petrol stations identified in major cities (VT)
... NSC chief says 'Kotee' still hiding in Laos (Bangkok Post)
... Nasak-Khokkhaodor Bridge to officially open this month (VT)
... THAI Smile begins joint Vientiane operations (Bangkok Post)
... Health regulations to enhance patients' care, value for money (VT)
... Laos graduates from money laundering "grey" list (XinhuaNet or VT)
... Vietnam, Laos embassies in US hold annual exchange (VietnamPlus)
... Africa-Laos-China: Gangs will do what it takes to meet demand for ivory (ITV)
... Cruising Unexplored Regions of the Mekong on a Laos Vacation (Globe Trotting)
... Vietnam Agrees to Grant over 200 Scholarships for Champasak Students (KPL)
... Village life in Laos (Cities & Memory)
... Laos-Vietnam Trade Reaches US$ 823 Million (KPL)
... Vientiane: Pakngum bridge construction over 40% complete (VT)
... Capital of Laos: 10 Tips for first-time travellers to Vientiane (MF Asia)
... Laos: Health authorities concerned over high dengue fever levels (VT)
... Tax Payments for Imported Cars Need to have Receipts Issued (KPL)
... Japan Grants Over US$ 680K for Laos’ Education Development (KPL)
... Nghe An students to carry out voluntary activities in Laos (VietnamPlus)
... Lao Leaders Send Messages of Greetings on US Independence Day (KPL)
... Laos: E-Commerce Workshop Toward a Digitally-Enabled Economy (KPL)
... Mega First’s hydropower project in Laos ahead of schedule (Edge Markets)
... Vietnam and Laos submit protest against SEA Games draw format (Yahoo)
... Information, communications key to unlocking medical research benefits (VT)
... Laos needs to upgrade statististical reports to meet international standards (VT)
... New Thai labor rules send migrant workers (i.e. Laotians) packing for home (ABC)
... Council approves several draft mayoral decisions, demurs on security project (VT)
... Capital’s council gives green light to road fund (VT)

... Xieng Khuang confiscate rose wood (Eleven Myanmar)

... Vietnam – Laos Trade Fair opens in Vientiane (NhanDan)

... Xayabouly Records More Than 37,000 Tourist Arrivals (KPL)

... Laos' first cardinal focused on evangelization, dialogue (CNA)

... Vientiane Province Says No to Chinese Banana Farming (KPL)

... Lao National Assembly Chairwoman to visit Vietnam (NhanDan)

... Enhance assistance for crop producers, govt sectors urged (VT)

... Australia increases ODA to Laos with education, trade development focus (VT)

... Wausau's new Salvation Army officers are teachers, immigrants from Laos (WDH)

... Belt and Road Initiative, China-Laos railway inspire Lao singer's latest hit song (GT)

... Savannakhet Signs Agreement for over US$ 32 mil Mekong Embankment Phase II (KPL)

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Lao Population (overseas)
Laotians in US - 232,130
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