Snakes are common in Laos and can be found anywhere. Where I come from in Canada we only have one snake and it is non-poisonous. So I find myself nervous when I see a snake in my garden.
Although many people are bitten, less than half are poisoned, even by a poisonous snake, and of these few … Continue reading
Long Cheng is a site which has long been hidden from public view, tucked behind a mountain fortress and guarded by security for the last 50 years.
Now that’s changing, and we’ve already been up to take a look around what has been known for decades as “The Most Secret …. Continue reading
The roadsides leading out of the main cities in Lao PDR are lined with numerous small retail shops, which are mostly owned by women, offering a variety of locally-made products, among them a selection of ceramic cook stoves. A vast majority of households in Laos cook on these portable stoves, using wood or charcoal.
Most of these small family businesses along the roadsides sell about …. Continue reading
The Heritage Department of Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism is hopeful of having the Plain of Jars in Xieng Khuang province ready for World Heritage nomination next year.
The centuries-old Plain of Jars is a megalithic archaeological landscape thought to date back 2,500 to 3,000 years. The area contains more than 2,000 stone jars and has been submitted to UNESCO for inclusion in the list of ….. Continue reading
You’ve heard of “superbugs,” right – bacteria that have grown resistant to antibiotics due to widespread misuse of the drugs?
When someone was infected by one these bugs, there was always a last line of defense: harsh, aggressive antibiotics called polymyxins. But health experts warned that the day would come when that defense could fall, when we would enter a ….. Continue reading
The Lao and Chinese governments have signed an agreement to officially launch the construction of a new 418 kilometre railway next month.
Chinese officials were in the Lao capital to work with their Lao counterparts for the groundbreaking ceremony set for Dec 2. Laos and China earlier agreed on the date, the 40th anniversary of the …… Continue reading