Thieves, Trophies, Weed and Mountains – This Week In Social Media

Thieves, Trophies, Weed and Mountains – This Week In Social Media

The Laotian Times brings our readers a round-up of some of the most shared topics this past week, based on reach and engagement on Facebook. From Khaen-playing Californians and public servants smoking weed to flower thieves and emotionally charged national pride, this list summarizes the types of content that are wildly consumed on Lao social media.


Economy Good, Corrupt Officials Bad

Parliament representative of Vientiane Capital, Saythong Keoduangdy vehemently spoke out against corruption within the state’s revenue collection organs. The former Vice Mayor of Vientiane Capital lashed out at colluding public officials responsible for stealing hard-earned tax money that is supposed to contribute to government coffers. Keoduangdy warned that if unscrupulous civil servants were to go unchecked, the government would get poorer and poorer.

“It’s not correct to think that the economy is in decline. Have a look at the vibrant international border checkpoints that are bustling with trade. Even in Vientiane Capital, commerce and productivity are high. Transport vehicles carrying goods and night are clear evidence that the economy is not in decline. We need to impose the full force of the law against these corrupt officials at any level and sector of the government.”

ທ່ານສາຍທອງ ແກ້ວດວງດີ ສສຊ 1 ນະຄອນຫຼວງວຽງຈັນປະກອບຄຳຄິດຄຳເຫັນກ່ຽວກັບການເກັບລາຍຮັບບໍ່ໄດ້ຂອງ #ຂະແໜງສ່ວຍສາອາກອນ. ພະນັກງານ ໃນຂະແໜງການດັ່ງກ່າວ #ລຳ້ລວຍຜິດປົກກະຕິ ໂດຍເງີນເດືອນສໍ່າກັນກັບພະນັກງານລັດຖະກອນທົ່ວໄປ.

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Jingle Bells via Khaen

To help celebrate the Christmas holiday, American musician Jonny Olsen took to Facebook and played Jingle Bells on his favorite Lao instrument, the Khaen. In the video, Olsen stands in front of a beautifully decorated Christmas tree and before playing the beloved tune, speaks to the audience in what sounds like a very proficient southern accented Lao.

Jonny Olsen ເປົ່າແຄນລາວ ໂອກາດເທດສະການ ຄຣິສມາດ, ມ່ວນແທ້ໆ

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The Lao Greta Thunberg

To mark 30 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a Global Summit was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. In this video, Nickar Panyphorn, fifteen-year-old Lao student, addressed global leaders and told them of her desire to see action taken on the issue of children’s’ right to education.

ຢາກໃຫ້ເດັກນ້ອຍລາວທຸກຄົນ ມີໂອກາດໄດ້ ຮຽນຈົບຊັ້ນປະຖົມ-ມັດທະຍົມ ພາຍໃນປີ 2030ໃນວັນທີ 20 ພະຈິກ 2019 ທີ່ນິວຢອກ, ປະເທດ ສະຫະລັດອາເມລິກາ, ນາງ ປານີພອນ ວົງມາລາ ອາຍຸ 15 ປີ ຈາກໂຮງຮຽນ ມັດທະຍົມສົມບູນວຽງຈັນ ໄດ້ຖືກຄັດເລືອກເປັນຕົວແທນ ເດັກ ນ້ອຍລາວ ຂຶ້ນກ່າວຄຳຄິດເຫັນ ກ່ຽວກັບການສຶກສາ ຢູ່ທີ່ກອງປະຊຸມລະດັບສູງຂອງສະມັດຊາໃຫຍ່ ອົງ ການສະຫະປະຊາຊາດ ເນື່ອງໃນໂອກາດ ວັນສະເຫລີມສະຫລອງ ວັນເດັກນ້ອຍໂລກ ແລະ ວັນຄົບຮອບ 30 ປີ ຂອງການຮັບຮອງເອົາ ສົນທິສັນຍາວ່າດ້ວຍສິດທິເດັກ.ນາງ ປານີພອນ ວົງມາລາ ໄດ້ໃຫ້ທັດສະນະວ່າ: ຢາກໃຫ້ເດັກນ້ອຍລາວທຸກຄົນມີໂອກາດ ໄດ້ຮຽນຈົບຊັ້ນປະຖົມ ແລະ ມັດທະຍົມ ພາຍໃນປີ 2030, ຂະນະທີ່ຢູ່ເຂດຊົນນະບົດ ຫ່າງໄກສອກຫລີກ ຂອງສປປ ລາວ ຍັງມີເດັກນ້ອຍຈຳນວນຫລາຍ ທີ່ອອກໂຮງໂຮຽນກ່ອນຈົບຊັ້ນມັດທະຍົມ ໂດຍສະເພາະໃນກຸ່ມເດັກຍິງ. ສະນັ້ນ, ພວກເຮົາຈະຊ່ວຍກັນດຳເນີນການແນວໃດ ເພື່ອຮັບປະກັນໃຫ້ຊາວໜຸ່ມ ແລະ ເດັກນ້ອຍລາວທຸກຄົນກາຍເປັນກຳລັງແຮງຂອງປະເທດຊາດ, “ຂ້າພະເຈົ້າ ຂໍຮຽກຮ້ອງໃຫ້ທຸກໆທ່ານໃນມື້ນີ້ ຊ່ວຍຄິດຄົ້ນຫາວິທີຊ່ວຍພວກເຮົາ ເພື່ອໃຫ້ເດັກນ້ອຍໄດ້ຮັບການສຶກສາທີ່ມີຄຸນນະພາບ.ຄລິບ: UNICEFຂ່າວ: ຂປລ

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Phou Phieng Fa

As far as mountain top views go, there are few places that could match the beauty of the vistas seen from this location in Poukhoun Village in Vientiane Province. The stunning shots show breathtaking views of high mountains soaring high above the clouds. The caption and check-in location perfectly describe what the audience sees in the pictures, “where the mountains meet the skies.”


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Photogenic Bridges

As far as bridges in Laos go, very few are quite as photogenic as the Phathang bridge. This 360-degree aerial shot gives us a rare look at the blend of lush green scenery, temple spires, and rivers that surround this often overlooked bridge in Vang Vieng.

ຂົວຜາຕັ້ງ, ເມືອງວັງວຽງ, ແຂວງວຽງຈັນສວຍງາມ ອີຫຼີເນາະ! #ທ່ຽວເມືອງລາວງາມແທ້ໆຂອບໃຈພາບ 360 ງາມໆ ຈາກ © TF Travel

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Smoking Weed…or rather…Weed Goes up in Smoke

On the evening of 25 Nov, a special government task force destroyed 386 marijuana trees that villagers had been illegally growing in Thonghab Village, Pakkading District (Bolikhamxay Province).

ຕອນແລງວັນທີ 25 ພະຈິກ 2019 ຜ່ານມານີ້ ຢູ່ເມືອງປາກກະດິງ ແຂວງບໍລິຄຳໄຊ ໄດ້ມີຄະນະກຳມະການສະເພາະກິດລົງທຳລາຍສວນປູກກັນຊາ ຈຳນວນ 386…

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Trophy Trouble

What event could be more popular on social media than a Lao sports team placing second in an international competition?


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Lao nationalist pride online quickly turned emotionally violent when it came to pass that the awarding of medals and trophies did not go as planned. Petanque Federation President Claude Azema unknowingly upset thousands of Lao sports fans by his careless gesture of placing the trophy at the feet of one of the players. Azema has since come out and explained the situation as well as offering a sincere apology for any offense that he has caused.

Shared Kindness

This story with a happy ending deserves to be told. A Thai musician by the name of Pongsapon Upani found lost items that belonged to a foreign traveler in Laos and posted a message to the owner of the items on Facebook. The owner is said to have seen the heavily shared post and got in touch with the man and managed to recover her passport, tablet, and other valuables. The photos show a teary-eyed woman, relieved to have regained her belongings, and grateful for the kindness shown to her.

ອັບເດດລ່າສຸດ ເຈົ້າຂອງເຄື່ອງມາຮັບເອົາເຄື່ອງແລ້ວເດີ້…ຂໍຂອບໃຈອາຈານ ອົ້ນແຄນຂຽວ Pongsapon Upani ຜູ້ເກັບໄວ້ໃຫ້ | ຄວາມດີເຖິງຈະເປັນເລື່ອງເລັກໆນ້ອຍໆແຕ່ມີຄວາມໝາຍຍິ່ງໃຫຍ່ສະເໝີ

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Dancing Our Way to UNESCO Status?

In this dated video clip, a young man and woman gracefully demonstrate the proper way to dance the traditional Lamvong. It has been rumored that Laos is preparing to register the age-old dance as a UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage status.


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Flower Thief

CCTV footage of a man unabashedly stealing flowers early in the morning has shocked people. In this viral video, an unidentified man is seen driving to the shop and stealing several pots of plants and flowers.

ເອົາໄປສົ່ງຄືນເພີ່ນສາເດີຂີ່ລົດໃຫຍ່ມາລັກຄົນລັກຕົ້ນດອກໄມ້ຢູ່ແຖວດົງປາລານ ຕັ້ງຈອດແລ້ວກໍເອົາໄປເລີຍແບບຫນ້າຕາເສີຍ

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Death by Darkness

On November 28, it was reported by Vientiane Rescue 1623 that a 19-year-old male was instantly killed as his motorcycle crashed into a lamp post near Dongmakhai market on the outskirts of the capital. It is surmised that the accident was caused by an insufficiency of light on the road.

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Happy National Day!

Finally, when people were reminded that they had a long weekend (National Day Weekend) to look forward to, they quickly spilled the beans on where to take their families. From local tourist destinations near and far to roadside restaurants and fictitious places, people had lots of fun by sharing pictures of everything under the sun. Happy Lao National Day!