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Lao-Thai Railway to Begin Phase II (Thanalaeng to Khamsavath)

Lao Thai Railway Extension

The Lao-Thai Railway Construction Project, Phase II (Section II), which will run 7.5km from Thanalaeng Station in Hadxayfong District, to Vientiane Station in Khamsavath Village, Saysettha District, is to go ahead after a consulting company has been chosen to oversee the project.

A ceremony was held in Vientiane on Tuesday …

La Khone Pheng to be Site of Sixth Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge

La Khone Pheng 6th Friendship Bridge

La Khone Pheng, a small town in Salavanh Province is to be the site of the sixth Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, according to reports from Thai media.

A Thai committee appointed to select the location for the next bridge chose Tambon Natan in Ubon Ratchathani on the Thai side, which is close …

Laos and Cambodia to Increase Defense Cooperation

Laos Cambodia Defence Ministers Meeting

Laos and Cambodia have pledged to boost security and stability between the two countries, and prevent military confrontations along their shared border.

Cambodian Defense Minister General Tea Banh made an official visit to Laos this week, and was received by Lao Minister of Defense, Lt. Gen. Chansamone Chanyalath.

During talks, …

Prime Minister’s Office: No Public Funds For Greeting Cards

In line with the national frugality policy (as stipulated in Prime Ministerial Order No. 9*), the Lao government has declared that public servants are prohibited from using state funds to send New Year greeting cards to extend best wishes to senior leaders. They are, however, allowed to send cards to their foreign colleagues, according to a ministerial notice signed by Minister …

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

Laos Expresses Concern Over North Korea Nuclear Program

North Korea Nuclear Program

A senior Lao diplomat has expressed grave concern over North Korea’s recent test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, and joined concerned nations in calling on Pyongyang to end its nuclear missile programs.

Deputy Foreign Minister Khamphao Ernthavanh also stated that she hoped the situation on the Korean Peninsula could be resolved through …

Diplomatic Corps Wish Laos a Happy 42nd Birthday

Ambassador John Williams, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Laos

Friday, Dec 1 – On the occasion of Laos’ 42nd birthday, the diplomatic corps together with resident representatives of international organizations paid a visit to the Presidential Palace in Vientiane to wish their host country and its leaders and people the very best of wishes.

The distinguished group was received by President Bounyang …

Laos Urban Expansion a Cause For Concern

With Laos being one of the primary countries set on a fast track towards urbanization, experts have raised concerns over the common challenges that cities in the Mekong River region are facing.

The experts on urban design and planning from Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam believe that these cities are