Category Archives: Feature


Lao People Are Paying Too Much For Rice

Lao people are paying some of the highest prices for rice in the region despite the country being a significant rice producer, according to the recently released World Bank Economic Monitor on Laos.

Rice is the country’s biggest agricultural commodity. The crop covers about 75% of arable land in the country and 90% of production …

FIFA 2018 Fans Must Legally Watch Games Only Through Exclusive Media Right Owner TVLAO

Restaurants, beer gardens and other entertainment venues that have the intention of publicly broadcasting the FIFA 2018 matches to their guests and customers are required to pay licensing fees in the amount of 5,000,000 kip (approximately US$595) to TVLAO, the sole company granted the exclusive right to broadcast the FIFA …

World Bank Economic Report: Formal Vs. Informal Financial Services

A World Bank report released last week reports that “informal” financial services continue to play an important role in the lending sector in Laos despite the fervent growth of legal micro-finance institutions (MFIs) around the country.

According to the report, which employs data garnered from Lao authorities, the legal micro-finance sector saw rapid expansion around the country. The …

Laos’ Biggest Ever Sticky Rice Basket Presented by Inthira Group

Inthira Hotels & Restaurants presented Laos’ biggest ever basket of sticky rice (khao niao) at the opening of LAOFOOD 2018 Exhibition, held at the National Convention Centre in Vientiane from 7-9 July, while also taking home honors at the event’s hospitality and culinary competitions.…

Laos Expresses Contentment With North Korean-US Summit

Photo credit: Doug Mills/The New York Times

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Laos (MOFA) has issued a statement welcoming the recent outcome of the North Korean-US Summit held in Singapore last week.…

This Week in Lao Social Media


First Lady of Laos Visits Soldiers at Southern Border

This week the Lao social media has been awash with national pride after pictures emerged of the PM’s wife, Mrs Naly Sisoulith, making a trip to visit Lao soldiers stationed in the south. The First Lady of Laos swapped her sinh for military …

Latest Updates From the Luang Prabang Film Festival 2018

The Luang Prabang Film Festival (LPFF) has announced that its ninth annual event will take place on 7-12 December 2018. The festival, which celebrates Southeast Asian cinema every December in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang, Laos, will feature a range of feature film screenings, short film …

US-Based Filmmaker Raises Funds for Feature Documentary on the Secret War in Laos

Filmmaker and Pulitzer fellow Erin McGoff is currently running a ​30-day Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign​ to help raise part of $37,000 to finish her ambitious documentary featuring the secret bombing campaign in Laos, which was the scene of an intense yet clandestine proxy war during the Vietnam Conflict.

McGoff has brought on two-time