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 »


IFC Gives Support to Aanandi Riverview Apartments

Aanandi Apartment

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, will lend US$ 2 million to property developer Aanandi Lao Ltd for the construction of a multi-level serviced apartment building.

The apartment building, or condominium, will be located along the bank of the Mekong River in Vientiane Capital. …

Low Tourist Numbers Have Little Impact on Tourism Income

North Asian tourists

Tourism is one of Laos’ major income earners. And it is said that Laos was drastically affected by the sudden drop in tourists coming in to the country. However, The Laotian Times has discovered based on a source from the Tourism Ministry that despite the decline in the amount of visitors (some

World Trade Center Fire Caused by Welding Accident

WTC Fire

A fire that broke out at the construction site of the World Trade Center in Nongchanh Village, Vientiane Capital, was caused by a welding accident, according to local news sources.

The incident occurred on the afternoon of 3 December, causing widespread panic as shoppers at the nearby Vientiane Center mall …

First Aid Workshop for Parents to Offer Valuable Training

Panyathip First Aid Japan Heart

Japan Heart will hold a free workshop on first aid as part of Panyathip International School’s ongoing monthly series for the parenting community at its Nonsavanh campus this Saturday.

The workshop includes two sessions by Akiko Matsuura and Zain Iqbal of Japan Heart, an international non-governmental organization which delivers medical …

Laos Condemns North Korea Nuclear Program

North Korea Nuclear Program

A senior Lao diplomat has condemned 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 peaceful …

New Lao National Museum Building Officially Complete

Lao National Museum

Construction of the new site of the Lao National Museum has been completed. A handover ceremony was held on 1 December at the site of the new museum, presided over by Deputy Prime Minister Sonxay Siphandone.

The construction project for the new Lao National Museum began in 2013 at the …

Russia Becomes 11th Country to Offer VISA Exemptions to Lao Nationals

Prime Ministers Sisoulith and Medvedev shakes hands

In an attempt to promote tourism in their respective countries, Laos and Russia have enacted a VISA exemption for their ordinary passport holding (as opposed to service and diplomatic types) citizens, starting on the 2nd of December. This agreement, however, had been signed by Prime Ministers Dmitry Medvedev and Thongloun Sisoulith during Laos’s reign as ASEAN chair back …

China Southern Airlines Opens Vientiane-Guangzhou Flight


China Southern Airlines has officially launched its Vientiane – Guangzhou flight, which is hoped will bring greater numbers of tourists to both cities.

The flight was launched on November 29.

Deputy General Manager of China Southern Airlines in Bangkok, Zhao Yang, said that 160-seater Boeing 737-800 aircraft will fly the …