January 2, 2018

Hundreds to be compensated for losses when Vientiane expressway built

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- Vientiane joins the world in giving rousing welcome to 2018
Lao people joined the rest of the world in ushering in the year 2018 on Sunday night amid a shimmering burst of fireworks, shouts of joy and exuberant dancing. Vientiane offered three main public venues to see in the New Year - Nam Phou Fountain, the National Culture Hall and Chao Anouvong Park – but the latter location provided the most entertainment and was definitely the place to be, for both government officials and the general public... More >>>

- Three major towns to be declared as cities
The status of three major towns in Laos - Luang Prabang, Kaysone Phomvihane and Pakxe - will be upgraded and they will be declared cities in 2018, officials in charge have confirmed. The government is keen to upgrade these towns into cities so as to fast track socio-economic development in their provinces and enhance relations with other cities in the region... More >>>

- Champassak People’s Council debates development issues
hampassak province People’s Council has called on all sectors to be united in resolving and finalising issues raised for debate. Council President Mr Meksavanh Phom-phithak told Vientiane Times on Friday about the outcome of the council’s fourth session... More >>>

- Hundreds to be compensated for losses when Vientiane expressway built
Many billions of kip will be awarded in compensation to families and businesses who must give up their land and other property to make way for the planned 15-km expressway linking the city centre to Xaythany district. The road, which will be built parallel to Kaysone Phomvihane Road, will run between Lao-ITECC in Xaysettha district and Dongmarkkhai village in Xaythany district... More >>>

- Food prices remain stable throughout 2017
The Ministry of Industry and Commerce has confirmed that prices of goods have remained at stable levels despite the country continuing to import many products from neighbouring countries. According to an assessment of the cost of staple products in the five-year period from 2013-2017 at markets around the country
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- Champassak upgrades visitor facilities
Champassak province is improving services, hotels, guesthouses and restaurants to Asean standards to welcome visitors during Visit Laos Year 2018.
An official at the Champassak provincial Information, Culture and Tourism Department, Ms Mala Chanthalam, told Vientiane Times on Friday the province had been upgrading hotels, guesthouses and restaurants since 2013.
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- More publicity needed to promote vocational education
Authorities need to improve their information distribution so they can spark interest in vocational education and let young people know about the opportunities available to them. While the government has done much to encourage young adults to take courses at technical schools and vocational institutes, student enrolment has not sufficiently increased, according to a senior official... More >>>

- Murders shock community in 2017
Business disputes and jealousy were the main causes of five horrific murders committed in Vientiane this year, according to a police report. In a case that occurred in October, a 60-year-old Chinese national was shot dead in front of the Sikhay Plaza shopping mall in Sikhottabong district, which police believe was the result of a business dispute... More >>>

- ADB supports Luang Namtha HIV prevention
Communities in Luang Namtha province are continuing to benefit from HIV and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) prevention campaigns conducted by local volunteers and supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB)... More >>>

- Energy sector’s generating capacity on the rise as power plants come online
The energy sector has upgraded its installed and generating capacities with the completion of many new power plants, some of which have started operation.
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Ministry pursues efforts to improve nation’s health
Health problems are affecting efforts by Laos to rise above its status as a Least Developed Country in the next two years. . . . More >>>


Regional highway brings prosperity to Laos’ northwest
Almost 10 years after completion, the Greater Mekong Sub-region Northern Economic Corridor Route (R3) has changed people’s living standards for the better along the road thanks to increased trade, transport and tourism... More >>>


Schoolgirl shares her secrets of success
"Knowledge is like a candle, education is a bright future”. This slogan has inspired many people, especially students, who hope to have a better future through education.. . . . More >>>


Returnee determined to keep Savannakhet rubbish free
An American of Lao orgin who moved to the US with his family at the age of seven has since returned and carved out a successful business in the collection and disposal of garbage in Savannakhet province..... More >>>

Arts & Culture

Busan’s Asean Culture House promotes regional understanding in Korea
The Asean Culture House (ACH) not only enhances the Korean public’s understanding of the culture and society of Sout-East Asian countries but also helps visitors to learn more about their own rich culture. . More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Champassak family scales up income through fish farming

As her income from teaching was never enough to improve her family’s living standards, Ms Sengsavanh Synousit took to raising fish along the Mekong River to earn more money. .. . . More >>>


Ministry delegation explores environmental education in Germany
Let's join in relates to a No Plastic! initiative in the city of Bonn, Germany. This tagline became the daily motto of a Lao Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MoNRE) delegation exploring environmental education. . More >>>


Botanical garden preserves plants, teaches visitors about ecology
Luang Prabang is full of attractions both old and new but a large part of its fascination for visitors is the surrounding countryside and the area’s natural beauty..... More >>>


Landmark Mekong Riverside Hotel prepares appealing activities for Visit Laos Year 2018
TheLandmark Mekong Riverside Hotel has prepared many interesting promotional activities to welcome Visit Laos Year 2018 which are sure to please both domestic and international visitors...More >>>


Kai Overdance balancing New Year family and career commitments
Popular singer Kai Overdance has been busy balancing family and work commitments and is set to get even busier this year as she takes on corporate ambassadorial duties for six brands... More >>>


The Year 2017 in Review
The year 2017 saw Laos make remarkable progress in national protection and development despite the global economic uncertainties. ..More >>>

World news

Crash between truck and bus in Kenya kills at least 36
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A police official says a collision between a truck and a bus in western Kenya has killed at least 36 people...More >>>


Laos-Vietnam special solidarity becomes priceless legacy
Laos-Vietnams relations have been marked by an unalloyed solidarity that is rare around the globe. The rare relationship has become a priceless legacy of the two nations.
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What are your impressions of Luang Prabang and what improvements could be made?
Mr Tom Hogan, a visitor from Ireland: My first impression was of a very relaxed environment, and people were welcoming and friendly... More >>>


Dansavanh amateur golf open chips in to promote Visit Laos Year
Golfers from across the country will be hoping to win the 1st Dansavanh Amateur Open 2018 of the Minister of Education....More >>>

Dining Out

Improve your luck with laap
No matter where you are in Laos the most popular dish on special occasions is without doubt laap, a spicy and palate-pleasing mix of chopped . ... . More >>>

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