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UNESCO Recognizes the Khaen As Part of Lao Heritage

UNESCO Recognizes the Khaen As Part of Lao Heritage

December 4-9 – The twelfth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage took place on the island of Jeju, South Korea. Over More »

Nam Phou Area Gets Major Makeover

Nam Phou Area Gets Major Makeover

The much loved Nam Phou Area (Fountain) has recently received a major makeover. It’s now known as Nam Phou Park. Several years ago, the Nam Phou area More »

Lao Nationals Arrested For Smuggling 98 Million Baht into Laos

Lao Nationals Arrested For Smuggling 98 Million Baht into Laos

Two Lao citizens were detained while they allegedly tried to smuggle 98 million baht in cash into Thailand through the Vientiane-Nongkhai border a few days ago. Soubanh More »

Laos Partners with Thailand, Myanmar to Control Air Quality

Laos Partners with Thailand, Myanmar to Control Air Quality

In an effort to control the cross-border smog caused by illegal forest fires, Laos has teamed up with Thailand and Myanmar to address the More »

Vientiane’s First Fecal Sludge Treatment Plant Launches

Vientiane’s First Fecal Sludge Treatment Plant Launches

It’s official. Three years after the feasibility study was complete, Vientiane’s first fecal sludge treatment plant in Nahai (Xaysettha District) has officially launched. The plant was made More »

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UNESCO Recognizes the Khaen As Part of Lao Heritage

Orchestra of Khaens (Photo Credit: Department of Cinema, Laos)

December 4-9 – The twelfth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage took place on the island of Jeju, South Korea.

Over the six days, the twenty-four members of the Committee, elected by the General Assembly of the 2003 Convention, discussed a number of cultural heritage practices that needed safeguarding …

Nam Phou Area Gets Major Makeover

Nam Phou Park (photo credit: Lao Phatthana Newspaper)

The much loved Nam Phou Area (Fountain) has recently received a major makeover. It’s now known as Nam Phou Park.

Several years ago, the Nam Phou area had incited much controversy after it had been privatized and made into the commercial venture, Mix Restaurant. A few restaurants in the vicinity closed down due to new …

Lao Nationals Arrested For Smuggling 98 Million Baht into Laos

Two Lao Nationals Detained For Alledgedly Smuggling millions of Thai baht across border

Two Lao citizens were detained while they allegedly tried to smuggle 98 million baht in cash into Thailand through the Vientiane-Nongkhai border a few days ago.

Soubanh Thiasiri (aged 30) and his younger brother, Khambone Thiaisiri (aged 24) were caught hiding the cash in their Lao license plated Toyota Landcruiser.…

Laos Partners with Thailand, Myanmar to Control Air Quality

In an effort to control the cross-border smog caused by illegal forest fires, Laos has teamed up with Thailand and Myanmar to address the damage it has contributed to the environment and its poor air quality.

Thailand’s Natural Resources and Environment Minister addressed the topic at a meeting earlier in

Vientiane’s First Fecal Sludge Treatment Plant Launches

Reed beds, Vientiane's First FSTP

It’s official. Three years after the feasibility study was complete, Vientiane’s first fecal sludge treatment plant in Nahai (Xaysettha District) has officially launched. The plant was made possible through financial support from French metropolitan agencies SIAAP (Syndicat interdépartemental pour l’assainissement de l’agglomération parisienne), AIMF (Association Internationale des Maires francophones) and AESN (Agence de l’Eau Seine …

Big wins for “Raising a Beast” and “Cat Island” at 2017 LPFF Talent Lab, led by Tribeca Film Institute

Luang Prabang, 11 December 2017 — Xaisongkham Induangchanty’s Raising a Beast and Siege Ledesma’s Cat Island took home top awards last night at the 2017 LPFF Talent Lab, led by Tribeca Film Institute® (TFI). The Lab, which focused on grant writing and project pitching, was held on the opening weekend

Feasibility Study Says Laos-Vietnam Railway Doable

Two years ago, Lao, Vietnamese and Korean experts and officials met in the capital of Laos to commence a study on the feasibility of a proposed 555km railway that would link Vientiane, passing through Thakaek (Khammouane) to Vung Ang Port in Vietnam. Last week, that feasibility study was declared complete. The …

Luang Prabang lights up for Southeast Asia’s premier film festival

Luang Prabang, 9 December 2017 — Luang Prabang was lined in red carpet last night for the kickoff of the eighth Luang Prabang Film Festival.

Normally known as a sleepy town steeped in local tradition, a more cosmopolitan crowd descended upon Luang Prabang for the festival’s opening. Filmmakers from all