Category Archives: Travel


Laos Vying for Chinese Tourism

Chinese Tourism in Laos

There is no dispute when stating that Chinese tourism in Laos has been on the rise.

In 2011, according to statistics from the ministry’s tourism sector, data showed that 150,791 Chinese tourists traveled to Laos. Since then, the figure has steadily increased, with almost 400,000 Chinese tourists passing through Lao

Laos One Of Four Countries To Boost Tourism Integration

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In collaboration with Thailand, Vietnam and China, Laos is to be included in the development of sustainable tourism integration across eleven provinces in the upper Mekong Basin.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the mechanism of their cooperation was signed last Saturday by officials at the half-day meeting held in

Laos Places 3rd On World’s Friendliest Countries List


London-based Rough Guides has turned to its Twitter and Facebook followers to ask for their opinion on the world’s friendliest countries. Why do we care? Well, Laos made it to 3rd place!

While a ranking of this nature is probably not particularly scientific, highly objective nor very representative of the world’s real tastes as …

Wattay International Airport Upgrade Well Underway

Wattay International Airport

The 50 year old domestic terminal at Wattay International Airport is to undergo major renovations that will help the airport cope with increasing passenger numbers.

As part of an assistance loan provided by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the domestic terminal will be fully renovated and redesigned to meet …

Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge Collects 98 Million Kip from Value Added Tax

Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge

The Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge in Vientiane, which began charging Value Added Tax on items purchased abroad last year, has secured over 98 million kip to date.

The Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge began collecting customs charges of 10 percent VAT since it tightened controls in late 2016.

According to recent statistics released …

Vientiane Sightseeing Bus Hits the Road

Vientiane Sightseeing Bus

The Hop-on Hop-off Vientiane Sightseeing Bus has caught the attention of Vientiane residents as it makes its rounds through the city.

The hop-on hop-off tourist bus is the brainchild of Mr Vilaysone Louangaphay, operator of Xang Lao Travel.  Mr Vilaysone said he wanted to offer this service to tourists in

Mon Ta Champa Lao Gardens Opens at Bolaven Plateau

Mon Ta Champa Lao Gardens

The Mon Ta Champa Lao Gardens is a new tourism site that has opened in Paksong, on the Bolaven Plateau in Champasack Province. The Mon Ta Champa Lao Gardens (literally the “Enchantment of the Eyes”) contains a stunning flower garden, as well as an organic fruit and vegetable garden located …

Prime Minister Visits Sakura Park in Viengxay


Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith recently visited the Lao-Japan Friendship Sakura Park in Viengxay district, Huaphan province, to tour the park planted with Sakura or cherry blossom trees.

Viengxay district officials told Vientiane Times that the experts have maintained the Sakura trees well and expected they will begin blooming during the …