February 13, 2018

Local hotels, tour companies increase cooperation

Top stories
- Laos-Japan Friendship Bridge spans Xekong development divide
Lamam district, Xekong province: Connecting both sides of the Xekong River to provide a road link between neighbouring Lamam and Dakcheung districts in Xekong province, the new Laos-Japan Friendship Bridge was officially opened to the public on Monday. The bridge is expected to greatly benefit local people in the province as well as facilitate improved domestic and international overland transportation... More >>>

Laos, China, Thailand to hold talks on rail link
Laos, China and Thailand are set to hold talks in moves to ensure the rail systems set to traverse the three countries can link smoothly and efficiently. China will invite Lao authorities to join discussions between Chinese and Thai officials, the Bangkok Post reported citing a source from the Transport Ministry of Thailand... More >>>

New foreign ambassadors take up posts
President Bounnhang Vorachit yesterday received six new foreign ambassadors presenting their credentials to take up posts of their diplomatic missions in Laos. The ambassadors are Mr Ahmet Idem Akay from Turkey, Mr Jean Bernard Carrasco from Australia, Mr Shin Sung-soon from the Republic of Korea, Mr Emillo De Miguel Calabia from Spain, Ms Eva Hager from Austria, and Mr Waldemar Dubaniowski from Poland... More >>>

- Local hotels, tour companies increase cooperation
Hotels in Vientiane are looking forward to further cooperation opportunities with tour agents as guest numbers increase during Visit Laos 2018, according to a hotel manager in the capital. General Manager of Lao Plaza Hotel, Mr Nobuyuki Fukuda commented yesterday that his hotel is continuing to cooperate with tour agents, especially during this year’s promotional campaign... More >>>

More news stories

- New project to develop NUOL French curriculum
The government launched a new project at the National University of Laos (NUOL) on Friday aiming to improve the French curriculum to respond to demands of the labour market. The new “Strengthening of Professional Integration through Dialogue, National University of Laos - Companies” project is being implemented with financial assistance from the Agence universitaire of La Francophonie (AUF)... More >>>

- Lao National Television plans improved news programming 
Lao National Television plans to improve the quality of its news broadcasts, upgrade the knowledge of officials and create new entertainment programmes, according to a senior official. A meeting was held yesterday to review the progress of last year’s work, plans for 2018 and its future vision, with Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Savankhone Razmountry in attendance...More >>>

- Women’s commission raising awareness to support victims of gender-based violence
Vientiane Commission for the Advancement of Women and Mother and Child Affairs (VCAWMC) is endeavouring to create greater gender equality understanding while improving coordination to help women who are victims of gender-based violence. This was the message in Vientiane last week at the “Introduction Meeting to Referral System and Procedure for Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Cases” ..More >>>

- Four lives lost as car plunges from bridge in Attapeu 
Four passengers including two women and a young boy were killed instantly in an accident as the vehicle they were travelling on plummeted 11 metres off a  bridge in the southern province of Attapeu on Sunday. The deceased were later named as passengers Ms Kieng, 33, Ms Ae, 33, Mr Aeng, 24, Mr Bob, 6, all residents of Xaysettha district of Attapeu province... More >>>


Increased antibiotic resistance found worldwide
The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) first release of surveillance data on antibiotic resistance reveals high levels of resistance to a number of serious bacterial infections in both high- and low-income countries.... More >>>


Storybooks bring smiles to rural schoolchildren
Our world would be more beautiful if everyone shared what they had with other people. That was what I heard a young man at Reading Elephant Laos say, adding that a donation of just US$1 could bring a smile to a child’s face by paying for school writing books and pencils... More >>>


Nirada School contributes to human resource development over 20 years Privately-run schools have not only played an important and helpful role in developing human resource in Laos but they also help the government to create jobs for teachers. ... . . . . More >>>


Painter’s creations portray Lao lifestyle
He sits on a red stool with his right hand dexterously painting the figures of two women dressed in traditional costume........ More >>>


Wetlands and the paradox of urban development
World Wetlands Day is celebrated on February 2. This year, the theme is “Wetlands for a sustainable urban future”... . More >>>


69 years of progress for Lao People’s Army
Lao people of all ethnicities are happy to celebrate the 69th anniversary of the Lao People’s Army today, as soldiers around the country ably continue to carry out their duty of national protection and development. .. . .


Entrepreneur’s ‘crackling’ advice on making tasty pork rind
Many a budding entrepreneur may think they can produce and sell pork rind as it doesn’t require a lot of money to process, but making the crunchy delight tasty and marketing it effectively is really the challenge. ... . More >>>








New tourist Xayaboury attractions that visitors shouldn’t miss
elcoming Visit Laos Year 2018, Vientiane Times is publishing a series of feature articles and images inviting you to experience the authentic nature, culture, history and hospitality of Laos, Jewel of the Mekong... More >>>


UK lauds education credentials in strategic engagement with Laos
The United Kingdom has named education services as one of the nation’s key strategic sectors, which it is looking to expand in Laos, according to British diplomats.
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Cultural performances bring in Chinese New Year
Cultural performances, which were held to celebrate Chinese New Year, ended in success providing entertainment and happiness to officials and the audience...More >>>


Dokchampa hotel pushes Visit Lao Year 2018
The “Safe Food, Good Health” certificate awarded to the five-star Dokchampa Hotel last year has inspired its. . ..More >>>

World news

Helicopter crashes in Grand Canyon, kills 3 British tourists
PHOENIX (AP) -- Four survivors of a deadly tour helicopter crash onto the jagged rocks of the Grand Canyon were being treated at a Nevada hospital while crews tackled difficult terrain in a remote area to try to recover the bodies of three other people...More >>>


Laos-Vietnam special solidarity becomes priceless legacy
Laos-Vietnams relations have been marked by an unalloyed solidarity that is rare around the globe. The rare relationship has become a priceless legacy of the two nations.
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What should be done to improve publicly funded hospitals?
President Bounnhang Vorachit has called on health administrators to identity reasons for dissatisfaction with healthcare in Laos, as more and more people seek treatment in neighbouring countries such as Thailand, even though costs are much higher there. . . More >>>


Lao runners impress at Thai half marathon
Leading Lao runner Ms Lodkeo Inthakoummane and her counterpart Mr Sisavath Thammavongchith performed impressively to claim major cash prizes at the Buriram International Half Marathon in Thailand on Sunday...More >>>

Dining Out

Delicious northern noodles await at Bokeo’s Papaeng restaurants
Being a generally mountainous landlocked country does have one advantage as the terrain does tend to ‘lock in the flavour’ of the different provinces’ local cuisine as you travel around Laos. . ... . More >>>


Upcoming e-Library expected to provide faster, more accessible information
A quick glance into the library and one might not see many people there. But nowadays that’s not such a strange sight because fewer people enjoy reading books at the library. ... .
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