10 May 2022

Fuel shortage causing hardship for Lao people

- Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge reopens, Lao Airlines plans more flights
Laos’ main border crossing at the first Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge linking Vientiane to Nong Khai province in Thailand has reopened after being closed for more than two years to curb the spread of Covid-19.
It comes after the government announced it would fully reopen the country, starting on May 9.
Lao Airlines – the national flag carrier - plans to increase flights between Laos and Thailand from two to three a week beginning later this month. Head of the First Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge International Checkpoint, Dr Khamphone Thepphavong, said on Monday the bridge had opened today (May 9) following a notice issued by the Prime Minister’s Office on May 7 stating that all borders could now reopen.
With travel restrictions lifted, foreign nationals and stateless people can enter and exit Laos freely, he said.
On Monday morning, at least 100 people crossed the bridge into Thailand, while almost 300 people entered Laos. Director of Lao Airlines’ Commercial Department, Mr Noudeng Chanthaphasouk, said the airline would increase flights from two to three a week between Vientiane and Bangkok, starting on May 22. The airline has been operating two flights a week to Bangkok since early this year. . ....More >>>

- Fuel shortage causing hardship for Lao people
Fuel businesses and importers are struggling to supply enough fuel to meet public demand due to fluctuating currency exchange rates and the volatile global oil market.
Fuel shortages forced petrol stations in Vientiane and some provinces to close on Monday, with many of desperate motorists going from one station to another in the hope of filling up their tanks.
Some petrol stations that still had supplies were flooded with vehicles, leading to traffic jams in some parts of the capital.   
Several provinces have experienced fuel shortages in recent weeks, with Vientiane in particular hit on weekends when petrol stations were forced to close...More >>>

More news stories
Subscription only

- Body found inside SUV destroyed by fire in Pakngum
Police in Pakngum district of Vientiane are investigating the case of a person found dead inside a SUV that was destroyed by a fire in Donhai village. ...More >>>

Golden Triangle SEZ recycles wastewater for use in agriculture
The Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone in Bokeo province contains a water management system that reuses water for agriculture and livestock farming......More >>>

- Despite full reopening of Laos, Covid controls remain in force 
The National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control is advising members of the public to continue to comply with Covid control measures in order to prevent a new wave of infections following the reopening of Laos to foreign travellers. . ...More >>>

- Nam Ngum 4 dam now 95 percent complete
Construction of the Nam Ngum 4 hydropower plant in Paek district, Xieng Khuang province, is nearing the finishing line, with the contractor recording 95.53 percent completion to date and full completion expected by 2023.. . ...More >>>

- Entry-exit rules explained as full reopening begins on Monday
The government has dropped six entry requirements that were previously imposed to contain the spread of Covid-19, with Laos fully opening up to travellers on Monday. ...More >>>

What's on in Laos

Subscription only Subscription only Subscription only  

NA passes resolution on fuel price stabilisation
The National Assembly has passed a resolution that will cut the excise tax ..More >>>

Mr International Laos 2019 contestant to release his first song
Mr Kola Lattana, the first runner-up in the Mr International Laos 2019 contest ...More >>>

Travel in Laos always leaves a strong impression
Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Laos, ..More >>>

Russia holds military parade to mark V-Day
MOSCOW (Xinhua) -- Russia held a grand military parade in central Moscow’s... More >>>

Subscription only Subscription only Subscription only  

How can we be more careful when sharing information on social media?
Social media enables people to connect with each other like never before.  ..More >>>

Lao women take on Myanmar at SEA Games football tournament
Laos’ women footballers will play Myanmar in their first match of the ..More >>>

A new holiday gem awaits in Vangvieng
People who like to travel but who don’t want to go too far from Vientiane now have a great new opportunity for.. More >>>



Counter: 07 January 2021

Vientiane Times Phonpapao Village, Unit 32, Sisattanak District, P.O.Box: 5723 Vientiane, Lao PDR
Tel: (856-21) 336042, 336043; Fax: (856-21) 336041; Email: [email protected]
Copyright © 1999 Vientiane Times