January 6, 2018

Children’s Hospital opens nutrition section room

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- Cave’s Buddha statues attract crowds of tourists
Popular Ting Cave in Luang Prabang province, which contain thousands of Buddha images, is now attracting more visitors than ever, with numbers more than doubling during the peak tourist season.
Head of the boat association in Pak-ou, Mr Phuey Vilaysouk, told Vientiane Times that more than 100 people are taking boats across the Mekong River to see the cave every day, an increase of more than 100 percent compared to the 50 or so visitors making the trip during the rainy season. . ....
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-Savannakhet stupa festival to take place this month
The Boun Pha That Phonh stupa festival will take place from January 27-30 in Xayphouthong district, Savannakhet province, when the province will announce the start of activities for Visit Laos Year 2018.
Deputy Governor of Xayphouthong district, Mr Sengsavan Arnousin, told Vientiane Times that authorities are restoring the area around the stupa for the benefit of festival participants and the influx of tourists expected during Visit Laos Year 2018.. .. More >>>

- Work resumes on enlarged Huaphan airport
Construction of Nongkhang airport in Xamneua district, Huaphan province, has resumed after a one-year delay following the contractor’s financial difficulties.
The project was given the green light in June 2013 when the government, represented by the Department of Civil Aviation, signed a contract with the Vietnamese Hoang AnhGia Lai Joint Stock Company (HAGL) worth more than US$74 million (about 616 billion kip). .. More >>>

- Departing JICA volunteers reflect on their experiences in Laos
Eight volunteers from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have shared their opinions on aspects of development after two years of experience here in their fields of expertise.
Before returning home after ending their missions, the volunteers, led by a senior representative of the JICA Laos office, Mr Shunsuke Sakudo, met with the Deputy Director General of the International Cooperation Department at the Ministry of Planning and Investment, Mrs Saymonekham Mangnomek, to exchange views on their experiences in Laos. ... More >>>

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- Vientiane passengers welcome new bus services, call for more upgradesVientiane passengers have welcomed new routes and are looking forward to a new phone app to improve convenience but have called for more on time services and buses to only pull up at designated stops.
One passenger, Mr Khamsouk shared his experience about using bus services in Vientiane commenting on the new route between the central bus station and Lao-ITECC..... More >>>

- Children’s Hospital opens nutrition section room
The Children’s Hospital in Ban Phonsavong, Vientiane has officially opened a new nutrition room as part of ongoing efforts to offer youngsters better quality health services in recent years.
The new room opening ceremony yesterday was attended by Resident Representative of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) office in Laos, Mr Sungsoo Oh, along with senior hospital officials..... More >>>

- Govt upgrading transport links in Ngoy district
The government will spend more than 31 billion kip to build a bridge and improve 5km of a road in Ngoy district, Luang Prabang province.
A bridge 100 metres long and 9.5 metres wide will be built across the Vanh River to link Sobhoun and Meuang Ngoy Neua villages. A 21-km road will also be upgraded.
An agreement on the project was signed last week between the Luang Prabang provincial Public Works and Transport Department and a construction company from Vientiane. Under the agreement, construction will begin this month and is slated for completion by the end of 2019.... More >>>

- Luang Namtha’s ethnic groups to stage festival in March
Luang Namtha province is planning to hold a festival in March to showcase the traditions of its many ethnic groups and put the province on the map in Visit Laos Year 2018.
An official from the province’s Information, Culture and Tourism Department, Mr Somsavath Namintha, told Vientiane Times on Wednesday “The province is home to 17 ethnic groups including Akha, Lahu, Hmong, Sida, Lanten, Yao, Panna and Tai Neua, who will put together a fascinating programme of activities.”... More >>>


Playing outdoor games could improve children’s eyesight
This is the era of technology and parents often buy smartphones for their children. But playing games on smartphones in places without adequate light could make the children vulnerable to short-sightedness.. . . More >>>


Fisherman recounts tale of changing fortunes
In the early morning when the sun is still hiding behind the hills and clouds, the Mekong is shrouded in mist so it’s not easy to see things on the river. But a small boat can be seen moving slowly along the riverbank, although it’s not immediately clear what the boatman’s intentions are... More >>>


Parents key to boosting children’s literacy
Ms Mone Xaylamphanh, a 27-year-old mother, believes the Literacy Boost activities run by Save the Children can help parents and caregivers to see the value of education and understand how they can play a part in their children’s education.. . . . More >>>


Lowly soldier becomes prominent businessman 
Working hard to overcome difficulties was the well of strength that enabled a Second Lieutenant to become a businessman and eventually a millionaire in Khammuan province...... More >>>

Arts & Culture

City pillar celebration serves to preserve Xekong’s traditions
The people of Xekong province joyfully took part in the Sao Lakmeuang festival over the weekend to celebrate their city pillar, an important event for them as it served to showcase their special traditions and lifestyle.. . 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 >>>



The Loop entices visitors to explore central Laos
The Loop is a 450-km circular route passing through Borikhamxay and Khammuan provinces in central Laos and featuring an abundance of scenic and other...... More >>>


Inflation in Laos averages 1 percent over 11 months
Inflation over the past 11 months of 2017 increased by about 1 percent, with the government increasing fuel prices several times last year.....More >>>


‘Magic of the Mask’ to showcase theatre arts
The FangLao Dance Company will showcase theatre, dance and live music performances at the “Magic of the Mask” show in Vientiane this weekend to promote cultural exchanges between Lao and foreign artists. .. 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

18 killed, about 260 injured in South Africa train crash
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A passenger train carrying people home after the holidays slammed into a truck in rural South Africa on Thursday, killing at least 18 people and injuring about 260 others, authorities said.,....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’s your opinion of the decree on allowances for disadvantaged schoolchildren?
The government has announced it will provide allowances for an unspecified number of disadvantaged schoolchildren. ...
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Korean students promoting taekwondo across Laos
Students from the Republic of Korea are demonstrating their taekwondo skills as part of a study tour across Laos this month after arriving in Vientiane on Wednesday. ..More >>>

Dining Out

Guang Dong restaurant serves up true taste of dim sum
With the buzz of noisy Chinese conversation surrounding me, I could hear a soft question coming from a family sitting in front of me at a Chinese restaurant in central Vientiane.. ... . More >>>

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