New Law Promulgated To Regulate Alcoholic Beverages

A new law promulgated recently aims to better regulate alcoholic beverage businesses and their advertisements, hopefully preventing people from drinking to excess and lessening the resultant social and economic impacts.
According to Article 20 of the 26 page Law on Alcoholic Beverages, venues offering alcoholic beverages are not allowed to be located near healthcare and education centres, state offices, religious venues, embassies, public parks, opera houses, passenger vehicle stations, petrol stations, sports complexes and factories.
In addition, advertisements for alcoholic beverage products must not attempt to …..

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NA To Consider Law On Alcoholic Beverages

The Law on Alcoholic Beverage Control will be submitted to the National Assembly for consideration at the end of this year, aimed at reducing the rate of drinking related illness in the years to come.
The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with involved government, private and international organisations is drafting the law on alcohol control, which is expected to be presented to the assembly at the end of this year.
According to a survey conducted by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Laos ranks number …..

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Five Well-Known Nightclubs Ordered To Shutdown

Five well known nightclubs in Vientiane have been ordered to shut down temporarily, while 10 others are being closely watched after authorities discovered that their operations are in breach of the relevant regulations.
Vientiane Information, Culture and Tourism Department issued an order recently to punish the offending entertainment venues for their infringement of the regulations concerned and impose order on the entertainment industry.
Of the five, four entertainment venues were ordered to shut down for a three month period from February 1 to May 1, as punishment for the breaches.
The four venues are …..

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Ever Wanted To Try A Beer Soft Ice Cream ?

The Chang Export Soft Serve as the company (Thai Beverage PLC) called it boast the freshness of Chang Beer that will satisfy the taste buds of beer lovers. I love Chang beer for its smoothness and creamy flavor, so I’m expecting this to taste like? Who knows until I get to try this out.
“Chang Export Soft Serve” beer ice cream can be enjoyed with three topping selections: almonds, chocolate chips, and caramel.
Those who want to consume their beer in the sweetest and creamiest way possible will have to visit ….

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Chokdee – A Taste Of Belgium On The Mekong

I’ll come clean and say that I don’t have much familiarity with Belgian cuisine, but fortunately the general manager and chief investor in the cafe, Vincent Wirtgen, was there to take me on a culinary journey.

It doesn’t take long looking in from the street to see that the place is bustling with activity and an inviting warmly lit atmosphere with icons of Belgian popular culture and a view of the Mekong. What’s remarkable in this location is that the vast majority of his clientele are residents rather than travelers a fact that sets it apart from many establishments in the area.

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Nadao Brings Fine Dining to Pakse

Many Vientiane residents may still harbor fond memories of delicious three course meals at Nadao, the flashy French restaurant which served up many a business lunch and romantic dinner back in its Vientiane heyday. Unfortunately for Nadao, construction of the Prime Minister’s Office in Vientiane meant that the restaurant had to move elsewhere: and that turned out to be the rapidly growing city of Pakse. When you note the development going on in Pakse, it doesn’t seem a silly place for a runaway French restaurant. A trip to Pakse now offers plenty of choice for turgid tastebuds with two Indian restaurants, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, various bakeries and cafes and of course fine french cuisine at Nadao.

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Wine 95 A Good Drop in Vientiane

Wine 95 is the newest wine bar in Vientiane and has opened up between Jazzy Brick and Jules Classic Bike Rentals. Coincidence? Not at all. Wine 95 is the latest creation of those behind Phimphone Market and Benoni Cafe as well as Vansom Wine Shop. The name is in celebration of the year that the owner first started his wine import business: 1995. Everything these guys do, they do well, and Wine 95 is no exception.

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Rashmi’s Plaza Hotel

For a long time I would drive past the construction site of Rashmi’s Plaza Hotel every day watching the massive megalith slowly take form. Suddenly one day it opened, replete with flashing silver spirit houses guarding the front entrance and sparkling tower adorning the top. After often wondering what the interior would be like, J&C was lucky enough to receive a guided tour just last week.

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Weirdest Dinner in Vientiane, Guaranteed!

Pyongyang Restaurant is actually one of a chain of restaurants opening around Asia that are owned and run by the North Korean government. There are a myriad of rumours all over the internet surrounding the motives behind the restaurant chain, but I will leave this to your private research. Suffice to say, the place is very odd!

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Signing in at La Signature

The Ansara Hotel, built in 2010 but designed to look much older, has added its own allure to the already charming Wat Chan Lane, home to many colonial era buildings and a nighttime stroll along this laneway is a wonderful precursor to your upcoming meal. When you arrive at Ansara’s big double-doors, expect to be greeted by attentive staff who’ll guide you to your table at La Signature, the hotel’s French restaurant.

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L’Atmosphere French Restaurant

Expect the unexpected when visiting Vientiane’s new L’atmosphere French restaurant; this is a very interesting place indeed. At first glance L’Atmosphere looks incredibly makeshift, like it was plonked together over a weekend and furnished with chairs and tables that fell off the back of a truck. Then, upon second glance…

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La Suite Cocktail Bar

Just when you thought there was nowhere new to go in Vientiane for a drink anymore, La Suite quietly crept onto the scene. This French-Lao creation by owner Robert looks deceptively innocuous from the outside, but brilliantly modern on the inside.
Cool blue lights flash to the latest music clips playing on several screens, whilst a neon signboard promotes ‘jello-shots’, which are hard to pass up (they come in a syringe)! The Furniture is comfortable but trendy and the whole place exudes a chic that’s been missing from Vientiane for a while.

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I-Beam Tapas Bar

Everywhere I travel lately I just can’t stop running into bars selling tapas. These little ‘mini-dishes’ seem to be taking the world by storm. They’re enjoyed particularly by those (like me) who like to have a graze on multiple plates alongside a drink.

Tapas is actually the name of a wide variety of appetizers, or snacks, in Spanish cuisine. They may be served warm or cold and are served per order. In many bars around the world, the tapas model has evolved into an entirely new cuisine. Think of it like international dim-sum that goes well with a drink.

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