Will the floods this year affect the country’s tourist attractions?  

Tourism is one of the main sources of income for Laos, and many tourist attractions have been spruced up for the Visit Laos Year 2018 campaign. But at this time of the year some places are struggling with floods...

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- Overhaul dam safety standards
The government’s announcement last week that it would overhaul the safety standards applied to the construction of hydroelectric dams has eased public concerns over dam safety following the collapse of a dam in Attapeu province which killed dozens of people.
When Minister of Energy and Mines Dr Khammany Inthirath announced last year that his ministry would begin inspections of the technical safety standards used in the construction... More >>>
- Advice for the survival of the Lao media in the digital age
The Lao media is working to adjust and develop to take on the challenges posed by the spread of social media, which has taken the world by storm.
The following are comments on how the Lao media can meet these challenges and adapt to this new era of communications, as made by the Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Savankhone Razmountry... More >>>
- What is your opinion of the Lao constitution?
Lao Constitution Day is marked on August 15 (today). Organisations nationwide are reviewing the constitution and the successes it has brought. The constitution is a set of fundamental principles and guides the country’s laws, which are based on it.  Vientiane Times asked members of the public for their opinion on the laws that are passed in keeping with the constitution. More >>>
- How can news delivery be improved?
Today there is a revolution in the way news is delivered with the use of smartphones and social media, which is posing a challenge for traditional mass media and print publications. In this modern era, .. More >>>
- What’s your opinion of the solidarity among the various ethnic groups?
The Lao Front for National Construction (LFND) is the main agency concerned with national unity and promoting solidarity and peace. Lao Front for National Construction Day falls on August 13 and this is the 68th year... More >>>
- What’s the best way to help young people become productive citizens?
The future lies in the youth of today so countries the world over are paying attention to their development, encouraging them to learn skills and broaden their....... More >>>
- What should we do to protect the rights of indigenous people?
There are many indigenous people around the world, with different religions, languages and cultures. Despite their cultural and lifestyle differences, indigenous people across the globe share common problems related to the protection of their rights as distinct people. ... More >>>
- How should Asean nations strengthen their cooperation for regional development?
Yesterday was Asean Day, marking the 51st anniversary of the establishment of the grouping on August 8, 1967. All Asean nations, including Laos, celebrated this important occasion. To mark the anniversary, Vientiane Times asked some members of the public for their thoughts on how cooperation among Asean countries could be strengthened.
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- Helping to meet challenges in Laos
Philippe Le HouérouThe anguish and determination of the people of Laos has been all too evident in the past week, as the country continues its rescue and recovery efforts in the wake of the dam wall collapse in Attapeu province in the country's south.I arrived in Laos just as this heartbreaking tragedy was unfolding. More >>>

- What should be done to compensate the families of people who die delivering aid to flood victims?
Since the dam wall burst in Sanamxay district, Attapeu province, people everywhere have been assisting in the flood relief effort. Unfortunately, one person died in a road accident while....... More >>>
- How are you contributing to the flood relief effort in Attapeu?
People from all walks of life have joined forces to help people in Sanamxay district, Attapeu province, survive the difficult circumstances they now face after a dam burst on July 23 and unleashed a massive flood on unsuspecting villagers.... More >>>
- Overhaul of warning system critically needed
The devastating flood that inundated villages in Sanamxay district, Attapeu province, on the night of July 23, trapping thousands of people who were unable to escape the deadly torrent, has raised questions about the effectiveness of warning systems.... More >>>

- Why is breastfeeding recommended for all babies?
Breast milk is considered most beneficial for babies. Breastfeeding meets all the needs of newborns – it is highly nutritious, it strengthens the immune system, and enhances the bond between mother and baby.... More >>>
- Humanitarian assistance vital to sustain flood victims 
Thousands of people who have been displaced by widespread flooding caused by the collapse of an auxiliary dam at the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower plant have expressed their thanks for all those who have provided assistance in various forms. ... More >>>
-  What are your thoughts on the assistance offered by foreign countries and international organisations to flood victims in Attapeu?
Many countries and international groups have provided help to people affected by the devastating flood in Sanamxay district, Attapeu province. This assistance includes rescue teams, money, food, essential items and other relief supplies.More >>>

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