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Hiring the handicapped is more than a social commitment

They strip beans, peel papaya and cut tomatoes. But they also wash dishes and clean the floor. They are five youngsters working in the kitchen of the popular Khop Chai Deu restaurant in the heart of Vientiane.

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- Cold experience in a Lao hill village
Wearing many layers of clothing and several blankets on top, we are still frozen to the bone. The wind constantly streams through the slits of the wooden walls. It is a pitch dark, foggy night in a village in Phongsaly province, northern Laos. More >>>
- Northern folk shiver in bleak midwinter
The first thing the people of Xieng Khuang province do when they get up in the morning is to sit around a warming fire before going about their daily routine. More >>>
- Friends with toys help build future
Small shops attached to the innovative Makphet restaurants are doing their bit to assist underprivileged families. The Friends N'Stuff shops offer toys and souvenirs handmade by the families with the idea created by Friends-International Laos, also called Peuan Mit (“friend” in Lao). More >>>
- Country boy struggles to feel at home in Vientiane
Cities have a lot of interesting things and make life easy for people but they are not suitable for everyone, especially those who enjoy living in the countryside and relish the simple pleasures of nature. More >>>
- Keep warm, try cricket noodles
You would probably say ‘yes' loudly if someone asked if you had ever eaten noodles. But you'd have to think twice if you were asked if you'd ever eaten cricket noodles. More >>>
- Celebrate the New Year safely
Most people already know what they'll be doing on New Year's Eve and the following day, with some even travelling to other countries to celebrate and have a special adventure. More >>>
- Join the crowd to experience a traditional fresh market
The tooting of horns from the long lines of traffic, yelling from the many pushcart operators and the loud calls of vendors offering discounts on their wares breaks out soon after dawn at the Khuadin fresh food market in Vientiane. More >>>
- Paklai: a junction to heritage cities in Laos and Thailand
The distinctive sounds of “tock tock” tractors plying the roads and fields can be heard along the new border checkpoint between Laos and Thailand everyday, even though it has yet to officially open. More >>>
- Bonds of friendship bring happiness to a man and his dogs
The definition of true happiness can be explained in many different ways and often depends on the attitude of the individual concerned. More >>>

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