17 April, 2024

New update - Global 6G Conference Gathers Worldwide Expertise
(Science and Technology Daily) -- The 6G Global Perspectives Forum held today served as the pilot event of the 2024 Global 6G Conference, which is scheduled for tomorrow and will last for two days....More>>>

- Laos-China​ Railway​ records 150,000 cross-border travellers in one year

Since the start of the Laos-China​ Railway​ cross-border service in April 2023, some 150,000 people of 87 nationalities and more than 8 million tons of freight....More>>>

President extends best wishes for Lao New Year, calls for solidarity to overcome challenges
Party Secretary General and President Thongloun Sisoulith has extended best wishes ....More>>>

- Laos to see moderate growth in 2024 supported by external demand: ADB

Laos’ economy is poised for moderate expansion this year and next, ....More>>>

- Govt, private sectors extend support for school meals programme

The government and the private sector will continue to support the School g ...More>>>

- Phu Bia Mining pays US$29.8 million 2023 profit tax to Lao government 
Phu Bia Mining (PBM), part of PanAust, a wholly owned subsidiary of Guangdong Rising Holding Group, announced 2023 profit tax payments of US$29.8 million ...More

- Attapeu set to bolster nature-based, cultural tourism
Attapeu province is poised to become a centre for nature-based and cultural ...More>>>

Strengthening Laos-Australia relations, bolstering ASEAN-Australia cooperation
Laos and Australia have cultivated a unique and evolving relationship, ...More>>>

- World famous organisations attend the symposium of occupational standards program in Vientiane
On April 10, 2024, the "Laos Occupational Standards Programs Development ...More>>>

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- City markets set price controls over Pi Mai Lao
Two major markets in Vientiane have made extensive preparations to cope with the extra demand over the Pi Mai Lao holiday and have introduced measures to ....More>>>

- Industry ministry, partners promote intellectual property rights
Producers in Laos can become more competitive if they understand the importance of Intellectual Property Rights, which was the focus of a workshop jointly organised by ..More>>>

- Korean volunteers share experiences, enhance partnership
The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) recently hosted the 2024 Host Organisation Annual Meeting of the World Friends Korea Volunteer Programme in Vientiane. ...More>>>

- Repairs to Road 13 South set for completion before rainy season
The upgrade of a 78-km section of National Road 13 South passing through adjoining Borikhamxay and Khammuan provinces is on track for ..More>>>

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China Cultural Centre promotes mobile payments in China for Lao students
The Chinese government is promoting mobile payments to replace cash payments to ... More >>>

Lao celebrities attend Vientiane Times’ 30th anniv celebrations
Lao celebrities gathered at the Landmark Mekong Riverside Hotel .... More >>>

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Soukhuan: a ritual at the heart of Lao culture
The tying of white threads around the wrists of family members, guests, and foreign visitors is an age-old tradition in Laos and has its origins in ancient customs......More>>>

Singapore is 5th smartest city in the world, top in Asia: Global index
SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) -- Singapore is the world’s fifth-smartest city, ...More >>>

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Dear valued readers, the Pi Mai Lao (Lao New Year) holiday this year will last for almost a week, following an announcement by the Prime Minister’s Office stating that the holiday will run from April 15-18. Normally the public holiday last for four days from April 13-16, but this year April 13 and 14 fall on a weekend so the government is awarding April 17 and 18 as holidays in compensation. Accordingly, the Vientiane Times offices will be closed from April 15-19. The next issue of the Vientiane Times will be published on April 22. The board of management and staff wish all readers a prosperous Pi Mai Lao, and hope that everyone will celebrate BE 2567 Pi Mai Lao responsibly, safely and joyfully.

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What are your plans for the Lao New Year holiday?
This year the Lao New Year holiday runs from Saturday April 13 until Friday 18, ...More >>>

Muay Lao contestants compete for glory in national championships
Lao contestants are muscling up in preparation for the third round. ...More >>>

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