Entries by Soutsada Xaphouvong

Twelve Annual Festival Highlights that Showcase the Rich Heritage of Laos

Since ancient times, the Lao lunar calendar has celebrated traditional festivals, one per month, in a cycle called Hit Sip Song (the twelve traditions). These are celebrated in different ways in different areas of the country, with some of these rituals nearly disappearing. Get a deeper look at how Lao people honor their customs and build karma […]

Vientiane Capital Speeds Up Preparations for ASEAN Chairmanship and Visit Laos Year 2024

The Department of Information, Culture, and Tourism of Vientiane Capital is expediting its preparations to welcome a higher influx of foreign visitors during Laos’ ASEAN Chairmanship and as part of Visit Laos Year 2024. The Director of the Vientiane Capital Information, Culture, and Tourism Department, Mrs. Vilayvone Chanthalaty, said that the department is monitoring the […]

Lao Vice President Meets Putin to Bolster Laos, Russia Bilateral Ties

In a move to strengthen bilateral ties between Laos and Russia, the Lao Vice President, Pany Yathotou met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday in Vladivostok, Russia on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum. According to President Putin who extended a warm welcome to VP Pany, Laos, and Russia have a longstanding relationship, and President […]

Laos Symbolically Takes Over ASEAN Chairmanship from Indonesia

During a handover ceremony at the closing of the 43rd ASEAN Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia, Laos took over the chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) from Indonesia on Thursday, 7 September. During the ceremony, Lao Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone received the gavel of ASEAN Chairmanship from Indonesian President Joko Widodo and pledged to […]

Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia PMs Meet to Discuss Cooperation Efforts During ASEAN Summit

Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone met with Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet for a working breakfast on Tuesday, 5 September, while attending the 43rd ASEAN Summit and related meetings in Jakarta. During their interaction, the three leaders shared information about the economic and social development of their countries and discussed […]

Lao PM Attends 43rd ASEAN Summit, Calls for Business-Friendly Environment in Region

Lao Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone along with other high-ranking delegates arrived on Monday in Jakarta, Indonesia, to attend the 43rd ASEAN Summit and related meetings that are being held under the theme “ASEAN Matters: Epicentrum of Growth” from 4-7 September. Upon arrival in Jakarta, PM Sonexay and his delegates attended the ASEAN Business & Investment […]

Lao PM Holds Bilateral Talks With Australia, Timor-Leste and IMF at ASEAN Summit

Prime Minister, Sonexay Siphandone, held bilateral meetings with the Prime Ministers of Australia and Timor-Leste, along with the Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) during the 43rd ASEAN Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia on Wednesday. During the meeting with Antony Albanese, Australia’s Prime Minister, both leaders acknowledged the long-standing bilateral relationship and collaboration between the […]

Laos-Vietnam Railway Set to Open for Service in 2028

The planned Laos-Vietnam Railway, running from Thakhek district in Khammouane province to the Lao-Vietnamese border, is expected to be completed and open for service in 2028. The Petroleum Trading Lao Public Company (PTL), in cooperation with Yooshin Engineering Corporation and Korea National Railway, will conduct a detailed design study of the railway before construction begins. […]

Boat Racing Festival Program, 05-14 September, 2023

Wake up early in the morning, wear new clothes, go to Lorat, take photos at the fountain… Only the people of Luang Prabang understand… See you on September 13-14, 2023, the 9th month festival, wrapped in rice and decorated with rice in the capital of Prabang. source: https://fb.watch/m_xp6jh4XX/?mibextid=ZbWKwL

Vang Vieng Improves Tourist Facilities Ahead of Visit Laos Year 2024

Vang Vieng district authorities have made improvements to various facilities and services in the hopes of making a great first impression on visitors during Visit Laos Year 2024. Mr. Atthayasai Manivanh, the head of the Vang Vieng Information, Culture, and Tourism Office, said that checks have been made at hotels, guesthouses, and restaurants to ensure […]