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Generous cooks provide free food at festivals and events

You might happen to have noticed that there are some shops which choose to serve free foods to people at public festivals or charity events when they are taking place in Vientiane.

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- Culture of almsgiving provides good jobs for locals
Almsgiving is a culture and tradition that has been passed down from ancestors, especially through Buddhism in Laos, which seems to have become a well known custom in Luang Prabang province by many of its visitors and has become one of the main highlights in terms of tourism there. . More >>>
- Health, income on up as organic tomato crop pays off
Organic vegetables are increasingly trendy choice among health lovers providing ample opportunity for expansion among growers kept busy responding to rising demand in the national capital, its outskirts and elsewhere in rapidly urbanising and prosperous Laos. . More >>>
- Shoemaker stiches up a living
Walking through Vientiane via Google Maps, you will find many well-known and famous buildings such as Patuxay, Vat Sisaket and Pha That Luang . More >>>
- Makeup artist shares his path to beauty salon success
Some people reach their targets the easy way but not Mr Saykeo Sidavong, who has reached success by working hard at rising to the top as a popular makeup artist. . More >>>
- Switch paying off for Salakham goldsmith after post-construction career move
The smith carefully uses a soldering torch to work an old gold ring into a new piece based on a striking design as per a customer's order. . More >>>
- Fruit jam, a must for your shopping list when visiting Champassak
If you go to Champassak province and are wondering what to buy for your friends in the way of souvenirs, you can't go wrong with a tasty jam made from pineapple, mango or tamarind. . More >>>
- Seamstress preserves traditional designs while lining weavers' pockets
The traditional Lao maimon silk skirt, or sinh, with its ageless designs, is the most popular woven product on the market and is responsible for helping Huaphan province's weavers to earn millions of kip each month. . More >>>
- Lao dairy farm carves out healthy market niche
A lot of items on shop shelves in Laos are imported, including vast quantities of food, but some items that don't keep for very long are best produced locally, such as milk, which only stays fresh for about a week. . More >>>
- One man and his tea
This story starts in 2008. On a misty morning, Phasi, a local farmer of Ngodphae village, in the northern Lao province of Xieng Khuang, climbed Phou San . More >>>
- A rural woman's take on life in Vientiane
Vientiane is a paradise for rich people as it has everything they need and it's somewhere that people in the countryside hope to visit because it's the biggest city in Laos. . More >>>
- A village's morning market
In the middle of a village at around 4 am on Saturday morning, before the break of dawn, villagers converge from different directions carrying their crops, food and goods, making their way by lamp light to the market. . More >>>
- Skilled artisan shines in silverware trade
Making a silver bowl is not easy because the whole process takes a month, so if you don't really like it or you're not a patient person this is not the job for you. . More >>>
- Hinboun, a paradise for fishing and food
Rivers are like a paradise for people in the rural areas of Laos; they are the places where farmers go to relax after tending to their crops and also a source of many delicious foods and fish. . More >>>
- Temple chanting restores faith at start of New Year
Despite the cool night air and a shower of rain, thousands of people including children and students enjoyed taking part in overnight chanting sessions held at temples around the country at the start of the New Year. . More >>>
- Farmer sweetens family's life with sugar
People have a wide variety of jobs, but one rural resident has adopted a lifestyle that closely resembles that of his parents by growing sugarcane that he uses to make luscious lumps of brown sugar. . More >>>
- Artisan discovers silver lining in life
While many people are content to have a good job or business with a stable income they often forget what's important in life. . More >>>

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