Luang Prabang Film Festival Announces 2017 Lineup

Luang Prabang Film Festival Announces 2017 Lineup

The Luang Prabang Film Festival (LPFF) has announced the lineup for its eighth annual event, which will run 8-13 December 2017. Official selections are More »

BCEL One Offers Alternative Way to Pay for 2017 Road Tax

BCEL One Offers Alternative Way to Pay for 2017 Road Tax

The uncertainty and miscommunication regarding payment of the 2017 road tax may be coming to an end as BCEL offers to accept road tax More »

Audit Uncovers Over One Trillion kip of Unauthorized Spending

Audit Uncovers Over One Trillion kip of Unauthorized Spending

Over one trillion kip of unauthorized state spending has been uncovered due to a 2015-2016 state budget audit. Parliament has been notified by the More »

Annual WIG Bazaar Announced for November 11

Annual WIG Bazaar Announced for November 11

WIG Laos has announced that its annual WIG Bazaar will be held on Saturday, 11 November 2017 at the National University of Laos Faculty More »

Daiso Japan Enters Lao Market

Daiso Japan Enters Lao Market

Everyone’s favorite budget-friendly chain has just made landfall in Laos, opening its doors for the very first time to the Lao public at the More »


Prime Minister Urges End of Tedious Policies to Improve Business Climate in Laos

Doing Business in Laos

Prime Minister Thongloun has advised line ministries to eliminate futile procedures in an effort to improve the business environment in Laos.

When addressing the 10th Lao Business Forum in Vientiane earlier in the week, the Prime Minister stated that the government is attempting to develop a suitable business environment that

DoubleTree by Hilton Makes Investment in Laos

Doubletree by Hilton Laos

The award-winning DoubleTree by Hilton will soon be among the many new hotels to open in the heart of Vientiane. Earlier in the week, DoubleTree by Hilton Vientiane signed a management agreement with TPD Company Limited, a branch of TK Group, to manage the 160-room luxury hotel.

The announcement solidifies

Khammouane Authorities Shut Down 281 Furniture Plants

Illegal Furniture Plants

281 family-operated furniture plants that have been operating without the necessary permits in the districts of Thakhaek, Hinboun, Bualapha, Yommalath, Nongbok, Xebangfay, Xaybuathong, Nakai and Khounkham, were ordered shut down by Khammouane Provincial authorities.

The Provincial Governor recently issued Decision No.587, a cease and desist of family-operated furniture units without

Thousands of Lao Nationals Duped by Asianface Company

Owner of Asianface Company, Cambodian investor Mr Hout Sovanh, was arrested earlier this week after numerous investors bombarded his office in Vientiane on Monday, demanding that their investments in a joint venture be returned.

The owner of Asianface Company Ltd  has been accused of failing to pay dividends to

Strong Winds and Thunderstorms Wreaks Havoc on Kasy District, Officials Say More To Come

Storm in Kasy

Due to thunderstorms and strong winds on Wednesday evening, fifteen houses and one school building in  Kasy District, Vientiane Province were damaged. Two young girls were also reported to have sustained minor injuries.

Head of Kasy District Office, Mr Phengkham Chanthamoungkhoun, stated that heavy winds and rain picked up at

Film Review: Beauty & The Beast

Beauty & the Beast

By Bruce Worthington
To be perfectly honest, I didn’t expect to like Disney’s live action update of their Oscar-nominated animated film
Beauty and the Beast. The trailer has been screening at Vientiane Center for the past six weeks, and while the music certainly stirred up a bit of that nostalgic

Officials Regulate Expired Foods On Retailers Shelves

expired foods

Locals have been encouraged by officials to purchase consumer goods marked with price labels and logos in Lao language.

On March 22, the Head of the Domestic Trade Promotion Department, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Mr Somxay Nonglath, pledged to regulate and fine merchants who do not clearly price their

First UXO of the Year Detonates in Xieng Khouang

UXO Laos

A hidden unexploded bomblet, known in Laos as a `bombie’, exploded on Tuesday in Paek District, Xieng Khouang province, tragically killing one child and injuring five adults and seven other children.

The lead of the hospital’s surgical team, Dr Sivay Vongthongchit, has informed the public that three people were severely