Category Archives: opinion


Laos Has Not Restricted Foreign Media in Attapeu

Laos has not restricted foreign media

A little more than a week has passed since the collapse of Saddle Dam D at the Xe-Pian Xe-Nam Noy Dam on July 23, and rescuers continue to search for victims of the disaster, while aid has flooded in both domestically and from abroad.

News of the incident has been …

Op-Ed: Do Not Rush to Attapeu to Help. Please Read This First.

Opinion Editorial

By Francis Savanhkham (Contributing writer)

I know everyone may want to help victims of the Attapeu flood, but they don’t need unskilled volunteers or aid they can’t use. Here’s what you can do that won’t obstruct aid efforts.

As a Lao man who has always considered Laos home, the trauma …

Tourists Complain of Construction Blocking Vang Vieng View


Lao news media has received complaints from both foreign and domestic tourists about a new multi-level building under construction on the far bank of the Nam Song River in Vang Vieng.

The building is over seven levels in height, and although incomplete, has already begun to obscure the beautiful view …

Controversial Thai Singer Invades Vang Vieng

Earlier this year, Thai country singer Lumyai Hai Thongkam made national news by attracting negative attention from Thai General Prayuth Chan-ocha, for her sexually provocative dance moves and outfits.

The teen is now back with a new music video and fresh critiques, this time from Lao people. Her sexual dance

Gringo’s Gives You Something to Taco ‘Bout

Gringo’s Taco Bar is probably the closest one can get to the Mexican border without having to catch a plane and fly half way around the world.

Tucked down an alley on Sokpalaung Road, this outdoor taco cart is a welcoming sight for those who have experienced MFD (Mexican food

Scruffy That Dam in Need of Refurbishment

Scruffy That Dam

That Dam, the black stupa, is a well-known if not so revered stupa that stands as a landmark of downtown Vientiane. While its origins are shrouded in mystery, the stupa has always been a source of pride for local residents.

This year, the famous That Dam stupa has been …