What has impressed you most about Laos during your holiday here?

As this is Visit Laos-China Year, the government is working to attract more Chinese visitors. Vientiane Times went out and about to ask Chinese tourists what they liked about Laos and what services could be improved.

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- How does tourism benefit you?
With tourism on the upsurge in Laos and one of the country’s main income earners, staff from the Tourism Marketing Department,.. More >>>

- Coordination key for tackling issue of illegal foreign workers in Laos
Deputy Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone said last week authorities from the labour and social welfare sector across the country should speed up the registration of illegal foreign workers.  .. More >>>

- How can we ensure the flood recovery budget is put to good use?
The government has approved a special budget of 500 billion kip to repair infrastructure that was damaged in last year’s floods .. More >>>
- What part do you play in sustaining the natural beauty of visitor attractions?
Laos’ scenic wonders continues to be a major draw card for international visitors. .. More >>>
- Will increasing the tax on cigarettes help to curb smoking?
The Ministry of Industry and Commerce has increased the tax on cigarettes, hoping to encourage people to quit and deter young people from taking up smoking, which is a waste of money as well as causing serious health problems. The tax will increase from 500 kip to 600 kip, and the price of an imported packet of cigarettes must not be less than 4,000 kip. .. More >>>
- Maximising the benefits of Visit Laos-China Year
Lao and Chinese authorities are drawing up detailed plans for activities during Visit Laos-China Year 2019, the first time Laos has partnered with another country in such an event. It seems that this initiative is widely welcomed, especially by tour and service operators. This is because their businesses stand to directly benefit from the expected influx of visitors from China and beyond.. More >>>
- What do you think of the army’s trade fair?
To mark the 70th anniversary of the Lao People’s Army on January 20, army personnel from 43 units staged an exhibition of the goods they produce, with members of the public attending the event from January 4-9. Vientiane Times went along to learn people’s thoughts about the work of the army. .. More >>>
- Police who use position for personal gain should be disciplined
The case of a well-known Lao businessman who was fined over a dubious traffic offence has been a hot topic on social media after.. More >>>
- What should be done to prevent the harmful use of chemicals?
It seems that many farmers and business operators aren’t fully aware of the harm that can be caused by the chemicals they use. Although chemicals are potentially dangerous to humans and animals, their use on crops is widespread because they speed up growth .. More >>>
- No takers for products made by soldiers
Some products for use in the kitchen, made by army personnel, had no takers at the annual military market which ended in Vientiane yesterday, although many people said they appreciated the quality of the products... More >>>
- What are your thoughts on the importance of blood donations?
Every year the demand for blood increases among hospital patients, with the negative blood types being the hardest to obtain. This means.. More >>>
- What is needed to put Saravan on the tourism map?
Reporters are visiting Saravan to learn about the province’s tourist attractions, with the trip organised by the .. More >>>
- What can be done to ensure better repair of roads?
Many roads are in urgent need of repair, especially after the heavy rains last year washed out large sections. But the Vientiane Public Works and Transport Department says it does not have enough money to fund road repairs in all nine districts of the city. .. More >>>
- How can the skills of the Lao workforce be improved?
Laos’ membership in the Asean Economic Community brings easier access to trade, services, investment, labour and other aspects of regional connectivity. But it also means that workers from other Asean countries can penetrate Laos’ job market.. More >>>
- What are your personal goals and what are your hopes for Laos in 2019?
Lao people nationwide and people around the world have celebrated the start of a new year with hopes of greater achievements in life... More >>>
- How does meditation at New Year benefit young people?
While for some young people New Year is just an excuse to party, others prefer to reflect on the year just past, plan for 2019, .. More >>>
- Is it a good idea to modernise the payment of government officials’ salaries? The government is considering overhauling the way it pays officials so they get their wages on time and is mulling the idea of paying salaries via the use of bank transfers and ATM cards. Vientiane Times asked people for their opinions on this new system. .. More >>>
- What will you do to celebrate the New Year?
To welcome the New Year, with 2019 making an entry on Tuesday, many people are planning celebrations with friends and family while others will pray at a temple. Vientiane Times asked around to find out how people plan to usher in the New Year. .. More >>>
- What’s your opinion of the development of tourism in Xieng Khuang?
Xieng Khuang province lies in the northeast of Laos and has an abundance of tourist attractions including many of historical interest... More >>>
- What can be done to reduce the risk of fires?
Some 177 fires have been recorded around the country this year, killing six people, injuring six others and causing over 33 billion kip in damage. Authorities say many houses and commercial buildings have poor wiring and are planning tougher regulations and standards to reduce the risk of fires. Vientiane Times asked members of the public what safety precautions should be taken... More >>>
- How is your family important to you?
The family is the fundamental unit of Lao society and most people believe spending time with their family is essential to forge strong bonds. .. More >>>
- How can we prevent the indiscriminate dumping of rubbish?
Despite attempts by the authorities to keep Laos clean, the situation seems only to be getting worse, as evidenced by the many places in .. More >>>
- What do you think of acrobatics in Laos?
Ms Vongphet, an official with the Lao Performing Artists’ Association, Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism: This is the first time Lao.. More >>>
- How do Asian Development Bank projects benefit Laos?
Many communities in Laos need better infrastructure, jobs, education and healthcare.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) contributes a lot of assistance in this regard with Oudomxay being one of the beneficiary provinces. Vientiane Times went to the province and asked some local residents what they thought about ADB-funded projects... More >>>
- What are your thoughts on tourism development in Oudomxay?
Oudomxay province is in the northwest of Laos and has an abundance of tourist attractions. .. More >>>
- What does solidarity mean to you?
Solidarity is an important part of what it means to care about people and humanity.  It is through a sense of solidarity that generous things for other.. More >>>
- What do you think of Laos’ success at the Miss Universe pageant?
Ms Binly Duangpaserth, a vendor in Xaythany district: I saw something on facebook but I wasn’t sure what the news was because it was shared with .. More >>>
- Should the Health Insurance Fund cover annual health checks?
A debate at the National Assembly on the draft Law on Health Insurance, which includes the Health Insurance Fund, .. More >>>
- What are your impressions of ecotourism in Pakxong district?
Mystic Mountain Homestay and Coffee in Pakxong district offers visitors accommodation on a coffee farm that is a base for trekking and visiting
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