Eat Street: Exploring Vientiane’s Street Snack Hot Spots

Eat Street: Exploring Vientiane’s Street Snack Hot Spots

From scrumptious sweets to deliciously charred meat-on-a-stick, each afternoon around dusk multitudes of food carts converge to Vientiane’s kerbsides peddling cheap and flavourful eats to the hungry masses.
Sabaidee Magazine explores downtown Vientiane’s street eat hubs, samples some tasty on-the-go fare, and meets a few of the friendly faces behind some of our favourite snacks…. Continue reading

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Crime Novelist Cotterill Is Still A Mystery In Vientiane

Crime novelist Cotterill is still a mystery in Vientiane

The adventures of coroner-sleuth Dr Siri have attracted an army of readers in the West, but he remains a stranger back home
Colin Cotterill is without doubt the best-known author of murder mysteries set in Laos, a communist country where crimes are rarely even reported in the state-run press.
In fact, Cotterill, 61, may well be the only author of murder mysteries with Laos as their setting. The protagonist of the British author’s award-winning series is Dr Siri Paiboun, fictionally appointed the first and only coroner in Vientiane in ….. Continue reading

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Marrying or Divorcing in Laos

Marrying or Divorcing a Lao Citizen

As many foreigners have discovered to their dismay, marrying or divorcing a Lao citizen is not a straightforward process. Unlike most other jurisdictions, a foreigner must obtain the permission of the Lao government in order to marry a Lao. The overall process involves the presentation of a number of documents, interviews and assessment of the application by various government offices.
Below is a very brief discussion of the steps required to marry your beloved. Obviously every marriage (and divorce!) is different and you should obtain …… Continue reading

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Govt Mulls Suspending Salary Increase

Govt Mulls Suspending Salary Increase

The government is considering whether to suspend the salary increase for state employees scheduled to come into effect next year amid the current budget tensions, according to a draft budget plan from the Ministry of Finance.
It suggests that salaries should remain at their current level of 6,700 kip per salary index point – the same level being paid this fiscal year.
The Prime Ministerial Decree issued previously states the salary index of state officials would increase from 6,700 kip this fiscal year to ….. Continue reading

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Central Bank Builds Up Foreign Reserves

Central Bank Builds Up Foreign Reserves

The Bank of the Lao PDR has built up a strong foreign reserve as part of efforts to secure the supply of international currencies for importers, according to a senior bank official.
The central bank governor, Mr Somphao Phaysith said the bank had been able to increase its foreign reserves to meet the demand of imports. “The current foreign reserve is now able to secure imports for about ….. . Continue reading

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Surging Vehicle Numbers Intensify Congestion In The Capital

Surging vehicle numbers intensify congestion in the capital

The number of vehicles in Vientiane continues to rise, intensifying congestion on roads in the capital despite the expansion of the road network in the capital.
In 2013, the number of registered vehicles reached 66,500, an increase of more than 5,300 vehicles compared to the year 2012.
Government officials attributed the rising number of vehicles to several factors, including the country’s ….. Continue reading

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New at Senglao DVD Shop


These are the latest DVDs at Senglao DVD shop:

- The Railway Man
- The Physician
- Twice Born
- Murph: The Protector

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