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AVANI+ Luang Prabang is the first property of the AVANI+ brand extension and demonstrates this through an unflinching dedication to culture and modern design aesthetics and promises to offer all that millennial-minded travellers would expect when visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Laos.
Luckily, I have an eternal hankering for Laotian food, and a flash of insight led me to discover that despite being in existence for six years,a Laos Kitchen had never been reviewed in these hallowed pages. Two feasts later, this review is practically writing itself and I have reminded myself of a favorite spot I ...

The Asian Development Bank has approved a $30m policy-based grant to help improve health services in Laos. ... “[Laos] is embarking on a very exciting journey to reach universal health coverage, assuring people's access to healthcare with affordable and more predictable costs,” said Azusa Sato, health ...
After months of deliberation, Laos' Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith announced this week that the country's minimum wage will increase from 900,000 kip ($108) to 1.1 million kip per month. This rise is set to take effect from early next month. The Lao Federation of Trade Unions (LFTU), a state-sponsored ...
The Asian Development Bank (ADB)'s Board of Directors has approved a US$30 million policy-based grant to help the Lao government expand healthcare coverage and improve health services in the country, the bank said on its website on Monday. The grant, which funds the second sub-program of the ...
Laos has not been reluctant to let the world know about its ambition to become the largest energy exporter in the region, or the “Battery of Asia.” As of part of efforts to realize its goal, the landlocked communist country has pushing for building more hydropower plants over the years, in spite of the current and ...

On a road not far from Laos' capital city of Vientiane is a handmade sign clearly different from the regular road signs. It does nothing to convey the hidden marvel it leads to. Top Places in Laos · Steps to Tham Ting (lower cave) from the Mekong River. Pak Ou, Laos. Pak Ou's Caves. Thousands of effigies of ...
Observers say PTT petrol stations in Laos are able to attract local consumers who demand top quality fuel and best services. The Thai brand has been popular in Laos and this has made it easier for the firm to expand its businesses in the country. In addition to the popularity of the brand, PTT has come up ...
On April 11, the Student Representative Council held a fundraiser where students in the primary section of the school were asked to wear either red, white or blue colours depending on their classes and bring in a $2 donation for being out of uniform all so they could create the Laos flag, the country where ...
New Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Laos to ASEAN Ekkaphab Phanthavong has highlighted the role of ASEAN in the international arena and how the bloc will benefit Laos. The New Ambassador delivered his speech while presenting Letter of Credentials to ASEAN Secretary-General ...
VIENTIANE, April 17 (Xinhua) -- A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed here Tuesday between China and Laos on medicinal plants research cooperation, the Chinese embassy in Laos said. The agreement was signed by Huang Luqi, executive vice president of the China Academy of ...
Photo taken on April 13, 2018 shows a Chinese electric welder from China Railway No.8 Engineering Group Co., Ltd. (CREC8) working on the under-construction Ban Ladhan railway bridge over Mekong River in Luang Prabang, Laos. China-Laos railway starts from the Mohan-Moten border area between ...
17, 1968, the RF-4C Phantom fighter-bomber that the 32-year-old Davis was onboard was shot down by ground anti-aircraft artillery over Laos during a reconnaissance mission. Air Force officers came to the family's house in to break the news in person, Willard said. As soon as she heard, Sue called Alice ...
For the first time since it was identified by the United Nations as one of the world's Least Developing Countries (LDC), Laos has fulfilled the eligibility criteria to be removed from the list, and could see its status upgraded as early as 2024, according to the U.N.'s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
Luang Prabang, Laos, 2010 and I'd just come off my bicycle in a collision with a young local woman on a motorbike. Miraculously she was fine and I was okay, but for a bruised tailbone and a grazed elbow. Having said my apologies (the crash was entirely my day-dreaming fault) and paid for minor repairs to her motorbike, ...
Clifford Chance was involved in the financing of a US$1bn clean-energy project in Laos. The Magic Circle firm worked with Thai law firm Chandler MHM to advise Bangkok Bank PCL, Export-Import Bank of Thailand, The Siam Commercial Bank PCL, and TISCO Bank PCL on the financing of the Nam Theun ...
VIENTIANE -- In Laos, one of the poorest nations in the world, the local film industry is beginning to flower after decades of being virtually non-existent. For years, the only films produced in this impoverished socialist country were government propaganda movies. Recently, however, a new breed of young ...

Laos, a landlocked country in Southeast Asia, has long held a key role in the global wildlife trade. Corruption and a flow of easy money across its porous borders have allowed the illegal trafficking of pangolins, helmeted hornbills and other wildlife products, as well as the country's notorious tiger farms, ...
Thai, Laos and Chinese authorities had in the past four years seized large shipments of narcotics that had been traced to the Kings Romans Group's Blue Shield casino complex on the banks of the Mekong, which was being used for the storage and distribution of heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs, ...
Thailand may be best known for its Songkran revelry but Laos is where the less-touristy action is at. Traditionally people spent the holiday, which runs from April 14-18 this year, washing their homes and images of the Buddha with perfumed water, but it's long since evolved into a nationwide water fight.
The capture and trafficking of endangered Asiatic black bears continues to be a problem in Laos, although the government is trying to reduce it. The bears often are sold so their parts can be used in traditional medicine. Protection in action. In early March, officials in northern Laos took three endangered ...
Davis was 32 when his jet was shot down over Laos, which borders Vietnam to the west and was a secret front in the war in an attempt to destroy communist supply lines in the region. The pilot of Davis's plane ejected and was rescued. Searchers failed to locate Davis or the aircraft wreckage. He was later ...
According to Le Hoang Minh, deputy director of the international relations unit of the city's Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, the event enabled the students to exchange and study the history of the Vietnam-Laos-Cambodia relations, making significant contributions to nurturing the traditional solidarity ...
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) meets with Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith in Hanoi, Vietnam, March 31, 2018. (Xinhua/Wang Shen). HANOI, March 31 (Xinhua) -- China and Laos pledged here Saturday to strive for more achievements in the Lancang-Mekong ...
VIENTIANE, April 1 (Xinhua) -- The construction of cross-border Friendship Tunnel on China-Laos railway is proceeding smoothly, the Chinese company in charge of the project said on Sunday. "We have made a 300-meter entrance into the cross-border mountains, and will have half of the job done in the ...
A Rosewood resort has opened in a hilltop forest in north-central Laos, and it is the first Rosewood resort with luxury tents. The Rosewood Luang Prabang has 23 guestrooms, including six luxury tent villas, each of which is located on a secluded hillside. The resort also has a pool tucked between a forest ...
VIENTIANE, March 30 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese embassy and Chinese community in Laos pledged their support on Friday to work with the Lao government to combat illegal wildlife trade in Laos. A meeting, hosted by the Department of Forest Inspection (DOFI) under the Lao Ministry of Agriculture and ...
This week's review is for a Taste of Laos, 809 Court St., Utica. Reporter Samantha Madison and Photo Editor Sarah Condon ate there recently and had this to say: ABOUT THE RESTAURANT: Upon entering the location where Taste of Laos serves food, it can be a little confusing because it is a shared area ...
Dining at Rosewood Luang features Laos's rich food culture, with chefs placing utmost importance on locally sourced and seasonal foods. The Great House offers indoor seating and an open-air terrace where guests can experience farm-to-table dining, and authentic local specialties. The Elephant Bridge ...
Thongloun has also announced a ban on the export of timber, a major contributor to Laos' severe deforestation. Following through on threats to punish politicians who engaged in the trade, Thongloun has dismissed two provincial governors – one from Attapeu, the other from Xieng Khouang provinces – for ...
BOTEN, Laos, March 29 (Xinhua) -- A Lao company has officially opened an inland container depot (ICD) at the Boten Specific Economic Zone (SEZ) in Laos' northern province of Luang Namtha. The opening ceremony was attended Wednesday by Lao Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance ...
The same goes for Laos. Take the Decree on Associations No. 238, which came into effect in November. I covered this decree in an article for The Diplomat in January (See: Beware the Destruction of Civil Society in Laos) so I won't go into much detail, except to say it is an attempt to financially stifle the ...
Laos is one of eight global countries considered of “particular concern” for a future debt crisis, according to a recent report by the Center for Global Development (CGD), a Washington-based economic think tank. The main cause of concern is the small poor country's big rich plans for a US$6.7 billion ...
As I have noted before, Vietnam and Laos, both one-party, communist states in Southeast Asia, share an important defense relationship as part of their broader diplomatic ties, with various areas of focus ranging from Hanoi's ongoing support of Laos' military to the management of their joint border (See: ...
As I have noted before in these pages, though Laos and Russia have long had a close defense relationship that extends across several realms, including military education, law enforcement cooperation, and the purchase of military equipment, ties have also been on the uptick of late, with Russia looking to ...
The Vietnam War is still heavily present in Laos, the country that experienced the most bombings by the American military. Between 1964 and 1973, the U.S. dropped two million tons of explosives on Laos, and the effect can still be felt today. Unexploded ordinance (UXO) riddle the landscape, and cluster ...
In what turned out to be a grand affair, Nobphalat Sikaiphak was crowned Miss Grand Laos 2018 at Lao-ITECC Exhibition Center. Nobphalat ... Chinnaly was the first Miss Grand Laos who was crowned at the age of 17 and the first Lao contestant to participate in an international beauty pageant. Nobphalat ...
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Graphic: RFAA high-speed railway connecting Laos to China is among Beijing's most aggressive investment forays into Southeast Asia. The U.S. $6 billion project will stretch 409 km (254 miles) from the Lao-China border to the Lao capital, Vientiane. The railway – which will eventually stretch from Kunming in southwestern ...
The document stated that the office is funded by the Lao side, and the staff's medical care and security are to be guaranteed by Laos. The office will consist of the head of the mission, his deputy, the translator, and their family members. The status of all is tantamount to diplomatic. In compliance with the ...
VIENTIANE, March 26 (Xinhua) -- Laos continues to cooperate with neighboring countries for sustainable railway connectivity in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) while pursuing its dream to transform the country from landlocked to land-linked, local daily Vientiane Times reported Monday. Lao director ...
VIENTIANE, March 23 (Xinhua) -- The Lao Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, in cooperation with China's Hunan Jinye Zhongwang Technology Co., Ltd and Xuanye (Lao) Co., Ltd, will establish a model organic and bio-fertilizer processing factory for clean agriculture (CA) development in Laos, local daily ...
Vietnamese Ambassador to Laos Nguyen Ba Hung made the statement while meeting with the deputy head of the External Affairs Commission of the LPRP Somdy Bounkhoun, on March 22, to congratulate the Lao Party on its 63rd founding anniversary. At the meeting, the ambassador presented a basket ...
German national Bernd Denken returned to Laos about a month ago. This time around, he is teaching English to monks and novices at Vat Inpeng temple in Vientiane. The resident of Cologne said he was very happy and proud to visit Laos again and offer free courses to the monks. “Even though it's a ...
BANGKOK (AFP) – A major Laos drug lord dubbed 'Mr X' was jailed for life yesterday by a Bangkok court, as Thailand battles record meth trafficking through its borders. Xaysana Keopimpha, a swaggering Laotian who before his arrest paraded his celebrity links and penchant for sports cars on social media ...
The U.S. and Thailand allied with the South Vietnam-backed Royal Laotian Party against the communist Pathet Lao in the civil war in Laos, despite the agreement between the U.S. and North Vietnam that Laos would remain neutral. The CIA created an army of Hmong soldiers to fight the battle, but the U.S. ...
In Laos, many of them live a simple life in a remote village of Lahanam, 500 kilometres southeast of the capital Vientiane. Here, more than 300 families spin countless cotton threads into beautiful dark blue fabric on a daily basis. All of them are hand-dyed with natural indigo substances harvested from the ...
BANGKOK: A major Laos drug lord dubbed "Mr X" was jailed for life on Tuesday (Mar 20) by a Bangkok court, as Thailand battles record meth trafficking through its borders. Xaysana Keopimpha, a swaggering Laotian who before his arrest paraded his celebrity links and penchant for sports cars on social ...
Exiled Lao democracy activists on Monday gave a guarded welcome to the European Union's human rights dialogue last week with Communist authorities in Laos, but called on Brussels to apply more pressure on Vientiane to sign global treaties and adhere to them. After the meeting on March 15 in ...
The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) said in mid-February that it has delayed a decision to purchase power produced by the Pak Beng Dam in Laos until an ongoing review of the country's power development plan can be completed. While that may sound like a technicality, it's being ...


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