WHO Commends Laos on Efforts to Reduce Tobacco Demand

WHO Commends Laos on Efforts to Reduce Tobacco Demand

Whether you are a smoker, ex-smoker or non-smoker, the graphic health warnings on a cigarette packaging has more than likely caught your attention. The More »

Laos Urges Thailand to Extend Border Hours

Laos Urges Thailand to Extend Border Hours

In an attempt to maximize further opportunities for tourism in both countries, Laos has strategically requested Thailand for longer hours at border checkpoints. Lao More »

Small But Steady: Lao Businesses Expanding Abroad

Small But Steady: Lao Businesses Expanding Abroad

When people think of Laos, they think of a third world country that has been somewhat eclipsed by larger, surrounding nations for centuries.  However, within More »

Government Issues Order to Cut Superfluous Spending

Government Issues Order to Cut Superfluous Spending

In an effort to decrease frivolous spending, government officials have announced that new vehicle purchases for State administrative affairs will be restricted for 2018, More »

Maternal Mortality Rates Still Unacceptable in Vientiane Hospitals

Maternal Mortality Rates Still Unacceptable in Vientiane Hospitals

With so much effort and focus being directed towards free healthcare for mothers, it has been made clear by an obstetrics expert from the More »


Chinese Institute to Upgrade Lao English Teachers


The English Language Institute of China (ELIC) has provided a grant of over 33 billion kip (US$ 4 million) for development of human resources in Laos aimed at English language skills development in universities and colleges.

The project will support the National University of Laos and the Arts Education College

Xaysana Drug Ring Assets Seized Accomplices Still At Large

Xaysana Drug Ring-Assets-Seized

The Thai Office of Narcotics Control has released further details of its recent operation to capture wanted suspects and seize the assets of the Xaysana drug ring. Mr Xaysana Keophimpa was the leader of a drug ring known to be trafficking narcotics throughout ASEAN.

The office will now trace …

Lao Drug Lord Xaysana Keopimpha Arrested at Suvarnabhumi Airport

Lao Drug Lord Xaysana Keopimpha Arrested

A Lao drug lord has finally been apprehended by Thai authorities after a five-year operation.

Thai police arrested the alleged Lao drug lord and three compatriots at Suvarnabhumi airport last night.

Mr Xaysana Keopimpha, 41, alongside a man and two women whose names are yet to be released, were arrested …

Laos to Export More Rice to China: PM


China has agreed to purchase 20,000 metric tons of organic rice per year from Laos, according to a statement by Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith.

Approximately 4,000 tons of sticky rice and non-glutinous rice has already been delivered to China as part of an earlier agreement to export 8,000 tons of

Deputy Prime Minister to Stamp Out Corruption in Laos

Corruption in Laos

While corruption in Laos remains problematic, the Deputy Prime Minister has made it his mission to stamp it out, and raise public awareness of the issue.

Deputy Prime Minister and Head of the Party and Government Inspection Authority and Anti-Corruption Organization, Dr Bounthong Chitmany, says the issue must be raised …

Laos and US Strengthen Ties During Official Visit

Laos and the US strengthen ties

Laos and the US  will develop stronger economic ties and enhance comprehensive partnership, according to discussions held during a visit to Laos by a senior US official.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Southeast Asia W. Patrick Murphy visited Laos from January 16-17. He was received by Deputy Minister of

Laos To Export Electricity To Malaysia by September

Laos Export Electricity Malaysia

Laos is to export electricity to Malaysia by September.  100 megawatts of electrical power will be sent to Malaysia by this September, according to the head of the Lao Ministry of Energy and Mines.

Dr Daovong Phonekeo said last week that the Laotian government was launching the first phase of …

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