Last month Thailand officially launched its e-Visa on Arrival (E-VOA) application system.Read more
Thailand’s government is considering a proposed Life Partnership Bill, which would guarantee same-sex couples rights similar to couples in traditional marriages, including the use of one’s spouse’s surname, property rights and the right to end the partnership.Read more
Tina Maharath is the first Laotian American state senator and the first Asian American woman in the General Assembly.Read more
Princess Beatrice spent a week in South East Asia following the royal wedding for a very special cause – to run a half marathon supporting a children’s hospital.Read more
Asia and Europe should strengthen cooperation to narrow the development gap that remains wide, Laos has told the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (Asem12) in Brussels, Belgium.Read more
Maybank Foundation has expanded its Maybank Women Eco-Weavers centre in Laos with the addition of a hostel for the women who are being trained in this traditional skill.Read more
A new study says a warming globe will be bad news for barley, an essential ingredient in the world’s most popular alcoholic beverage.Read more
Scientists are racing to stamp out the disease in southeast Asia before unstoppable strains spread.Read more
Lao and Swiss artists staged a concert performing music and dance shows at the National Circus in Vientiane Capital on Sep 28 to promote cultural exchange between Laos and Switzerland.Read more
Almost forgotten but on the brew for years the much talked about tourist tax was quietly introduced at all of Lao PDR’s border checkpoints 1 October.Read more
One of Vientiane’s architectural masterpieces is available for rent soon. Designed entirely by a landscape architect, The Cube is a home that pushes the limits of modernity unlike almost any other in Laos.
Designed with practicality and leisure in mind, the architect has lent a unique use to every inch of space with all eventualities in mind whilst adhering to an almost scientific definition of beauty.
A Night Party to kick off Lao Fashion Week 2018 and celebrate the fifth anniversary of the sparkling event attracted a glitzy crowd of people involved in the world of fashion.Read more
Same-sex relationships are still criminalised in much of the world, however, including in at least 20 countries in Asia. Some countries have enacted protections for the LGBTQ, but these are often limited and the community continues to face discrimination in spite of them.Read more
Panyathip International School has partnered with the Wimbledon School of English, a British English language school, to officially open the Panyathip Education Centre in Vientiane.Read more
Wednesday Night, J&C Services Celebrated our 10th anniversary surrounded by over 150 guests on the grounds of the J&C office compound. We are exceptionally proud of the services we have been offering expatriates in Laos for the past decade.
J&C Services is a fast growing business continuously searching for better and more unique products for our clients. At the beginning of this year, we expanded our activities to include a marketing department.
Vientiane residents are being advised to store sufficient water for household use as the capital’s water treatment plants struggle to process the increasingly turbid water sourced from the swollen Mekong River.Read more
The President of China’s Hunan Chamber of Commerce to Laos was murdered on Sunday at his house in Sikhottabong district in central Vientiane.Read more
The Trump administration has suspended the issuing of visas to citizens of the Southeast Asian countries of Myanmar and Laos, following both governments’ refusal to take back citizens who had been ordered deported from the U.S.Read more
The new Thai visa restriction is creating difficulties for many foreigners living in Laos, who rely on medical and commercial services across the border.
This week J&C Services went to the Thai Consulate in Vientiane to find out more about the 6-Month Multiple Entry Tourist Visa with the following result:
France, once a colonial power in mainland Southeast Asia, left Laos decades ago. But its traces as a foreign actor are still easily found in many parts of the landlocked nation and the country still retains some influence in the Southeast Asian state.Read more
Planning a move abroad is a significant undertaking that requires a great deal of thoughtful consideration.
To make sure nothing is forgotten before your move abroad, we have prepared an expatriate checklist to help you get organised. Prepare your move abroad with a minimum of fuss and tick off each item to make sure you’re ready for the …..
If something does happen to your car, there is as yet no roadside assistance in Laos. In the event of such a problem many expatriates do not know who to call. One option is to call an English speaking mechanic. Some of them are hereRead more
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has told ethnic Lao living in Australia that the Lao government offers special privileges for people of Lao ethnicity planning to visit and contribute to the development of their motherland.Read more
There are plenty of stories about bad police planting evidence or fake police shaking down the innocent. What to do if someone claiming to be a police officer wants to search your person or belongings?Read more
After a comprehensive global review of all of its medical clinics, the Australian Government has decided to close the Australian Embassy Medical Clinic in Vientiane, in addition to the clinics in Phnom Penh and Yangon.Read more
There will be bumps along the way between your visits to the beach, bar and immigration office (sometimes the bumps will be at the beach, bar and immigration office). Expat life is what you make it here in the Land of Smiles. Moaning about it never helps but accepting the bumps is part of the adventure. Here are our Top Ten Hard Truths for expats in Thailand.Read more
The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications has warned drone owners to seek permission from the relevant authorities before flying their drones – if not, the owners will face penalties.Read more
One of the most common agreements made in Lao PDR are lease agreements, whether they are for residential accommodation, office or shop space, factory or farm land or any other personal or commercial purposes. However, from time to time, disputes or disagreements may arise from the lease agreement, many of which could have been avoidable through clearly stated terms in a lease contract or a legal review for compliance under Lao PDR law.Read more
As we enter our 10th year, we realize this milestone was made possible by the support of clients, friends, and associates like you. We offer our thanks, and wish you much peace and great joy during this holiday season and throughout the New Year.Read more
As from 1st January 2018, any vehicle crossing into Thailand from Laos that is driven by an individual who is not the vehicle’s owner must provide documentation authorizing use of the vehicle.Read more
The National Assembly (NA) on Wednesday passed the draft of an amended Law on Lao Citizenship which offers special treatment of qualified and highly-educated foreigners seeking Lao citizenship.Read more
WIG Laos has announced the Annual WIG Bazaar 2017 will be held on November 11 on the grounds of the Faculty of Engineering of the National University of Laos at Sokpaluang Road, Vientiane.Read more
Police suspected that a 60-year-old Chinese national who was found shot dead in front of Sikhay Plaza shopping mall in Sikhottabong district on Saturday morning was killed because of a business dispute.Read more
Laos, officially Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), issues several types of work visas to foreigners planning to work in the country, based on the type of employment and projects assumed by them.Read more
The Laosat DTH pay-TV platform is bringing BBC news, factual and children’s channels to viewers in Laos, following a deal with the British broadcaster.Read more
A man once dubbed the “most hated German in Thailand” was denied boarding a Thai Airways flight on Tuesday after being blacklisted by Thai immigration.Read more
Laos is one of the fastest growing nations in Asia. Strong exports and a burgeoning service sector helped its economy surge by 6.8% in 2016. The Asian Development Bank predicts even faster GDP growth of more than 7% going forward.
Meanwhile, foreign investment in Laos …
Thaicom has signed a transponder leasing agreement with MV International Company (MVI), a Thai broadcaster and Direct-to-Home (DTH) platform operator, to establish a pay-TV platform in Laos. Under the multi-year agreement, MVI has signed a contract for Ku-band capacity on the Thaicom 8 satellite.Read more
WIG Laos’ 11th Annual Photography Competition is back with the theme ‘Laos in Motion’. The competition showcases photographs taken within Laos by Lao and international photographers and photography enthusiasts.Read more
Formerly the Women’s International Group, now WIG, we are a voluntary group of women and men of all nationalities, based in Vientiane, Lao PDR. WIG was founded in 1990 and currently has 100 members (as of Sept 2015).
What we do: …..
In wake of a spate of deaths involving its citizens in Thailand, the British government has issued an advisory guiding relatives on how to go about handling crime-related deaths in the Southeast Asian country.
The advisory provides bereaved families with a general idea of the ….
It wasn’t long after landing at Laos’ Vientiane airport that Shaun Johnson realised he’d come home.
The Warriors star travelled to the Southeast Asian country in December with his three brothers Topo, Adam and Joe, his dad Paul and his mum, Say, for a family holiday that turned into an exploration, a reunion and a homecoming.
Johnson’s mum Say is Laotian but …..
At this festive season of the year, we would like to thank our customers for your treasured support given to us. We value your patronage and appreciate your confidence in us.
We certainly are looking forward to an extraordinary new year 2017
We wish you a Happy New Year celebration and a ……..
From December 31st immigration checkpoints at land border crossings into Thailand will only allow visitors to enter the Kingdom on a visa exemption stamp twice in a calendar year, bringing an end to the much used loophole of staying in the country by doing back to back border hops.
Citizens of certain countries, including ….
The popular WIG Calendar is back – just in time to make the perfect Christmas pressie, souvenir or stocking stuffer ! Send them home to family and friends abroad !
The 2017 WIG Calendar showcases the winning photographs and a selection of other excellent entries from the WIG Photography Competition and Silent Auction Fundraiser earlier in …
‘I wrote the list a couple years back and have gotten enough chuckles from other expats that at least some of them seem to reflect life for many of us over here!
You know you’re raising kids overseas when…
1. When you say, “We’re going home,” your kids ask, “Which one?”
2. It’s 27 C outside but your kids want a jacket.
3. Hundreds of total strangers have ……
Affluent foreign residents over 50 will soon be able to apply for 10-year visas, a Thai government spokesman said Tuesday.
Intended to promote Thailand as a hub for medical services, the policy was approved by the interim cabinet on Tuesday. It would replace one-year renewable visas and come in two ….
The WIG Bazaar is BACK on Saturday, 19 November 2016 at the Lao National University Faculty of Engineering, Sokpaluang Road, Vientiane from 10am to 6pm.
The WIG Bazaar is a popular and much-loved community event that is free and open to all members of the public. Attendees can expect stalls showcasing handicraft and information, delicious international food and drink, and other products including local Fair Trade wares and demonstrations.
The event also features …..
The Women’s International Group (WIG) Bazaar will take place on Saturday, November 19 at the Lao National University Faculty of Engineering, Sokpaluang Road, Vientiane Capital from 10 am to 6 pm.
The WIG Bazaar is a popular and much-loved community event that is free and open to all members of the public. Last year’s event attract over 10,000 visitors.
The WIG Bazaar is the primary …..
The European Union has upgraded its Delegation to become a fully-fledged Diplomatic Mission in recognition of the growing ties between Laos and the EU.
The upgrade of the EU Mission to Laos is an excellent opportunity to renew the EU’s commitment to engage further with Laos on all aspects of modern diplomacy, including political ….
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“We celebrate the opening of our …..
Rena Bitter, a career member of the Foreign Service, was nominated on May 19, 2016, to be Ambassador to Laos. If she’s confirmed, it will be her first such post.
Bitter is a native of Dallas, one of three children of Frieda and Herb Bitter. She graduated from …..
Robbers shot a Chinese woman dead last night on the T2 road in Sikhottabong district, Vientiane.
A witness said that at 21:25 a Chinese couple was walking along T2 road (also known as Asean Road) when a man and a woman pulled up on a motorbike and confronted the couple. They produced a gun and demanded that …..
People of 47 different nationalities are married to Lao citizens, with most foreign partners coming from the three nations of Thailand, the Republic of Korea and China, according to figures from the Protection Police and Lao-Anti Trafficking Department.
Some 1,600 marriages involving Lao citizens and foreigners were recorded from 2012-2015. In 75 cases, foreign women …..
Myanmar and Laotian state media reported that Suu Kyi accompanied Myanmar President Htin Kyaw on the visit, which came at the invitation of the president of Laos, Bounnhang Vorachit.
Htin Kyaw was the first head of state to be hosted by Bounnhang, who officially assumed his post just three weeks ago.
The purpose of the visit was to strengthen relations and cooperation between …..
On 30 March, the Australian Chamber of Commerce held its debut event, the Savannakhet Sundowner in Savannakhet. Austcham has recently expanded its network to Savannakhet and will be the first foreign Chamber of Commerce in …..Read more
The government has announced four consecutive public holidays for Lao New Year or Pi Mai Lao from April 13-16 bringing the total break to six days including Saturday and Sunday, the longest in years.
As April 16 falls on Saturday, therefore April 12 (Tuesday) will be a ……
On Friday, one hundred police officers and tourist police officers raided and roped off an entertainment complex in Chiang Mai, refusing to let tourists go, testing urine for drugs and arresting tourists without a passport on them.
In a separate incident, again more than 100 officers raided Pattaya’s famed Walking Street and took ……
It is officially described as the best-preserved city in Southeast Asia, a bygone seat of kings tucked into a remote river valley of Laos. Luang Prabang weaves a never-never land spell on many a visitor with its tapestry of French colonial villas and Buddhist temples draped in a languid atmosphere.
But most of the locals don’t live here anymore. They began an exodus from this seeming Shangri-La after their hometown was listed a ….
The capital of Laos is a low-rise, low-key city, especially when compared with the hulking high-rises and bustling streets of better-known Southeast Asian cities such as Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
But this once-sleepy city is fast shedding its sedate reputation due to a building boom ahead of international summits that will bring U.S. President Barack Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping and a host of other world leaders to visit in ….
Secretary of State John F. Kerry arrived Sunday in Laos, where the United States is helping the government clear a countryside still littered with unexploded ordnance dating to the Vietnam War.
Kerry’s one-day stop for talks with senior officials marks a rare diplomatic visit. He is the third secretary of state in six …..
Behind the lTECC’s mall is one of the highlights of the project, Ocean Park. At over 32,000 square metres, Ocean Park will be the largest waterpark ever built in the Lao PDR and it will have something for people of all ages to enjoy.
With six waterslides, two ocean wave pools, two children’s areas, two rock climbing walls, ziplines, and a lazy river that is over 350 metres long, people will have a great time cooling …..
Of the circa eight million tons of plastic that reaches the Earth’s oceans on a daily basis, most is coming from five major Asian countries, all of which are developing and experiencing impressive economic growth. Yet all also have …..Read more
At a campaign stop in Iowa, Hillary Clinton got asked an unexpected foreign policy question about unexploded bombs in Laos—leftovers from the Vietnam War and she nailed it …..Read more
President Barack Obama plans to visit Laos next year to attend a regional economic summit, making him the first US president to visit that country, an advisor said Wednesday.
Obama will make history when he attends an ASEAN conference in the poor but economically growing country, which was massively bombed by the United States during the …..
“After the war, we live afraid of unexploded bombs, and we’re very careful when we go and do anything,” says Somechit Phouangsavat, an artisan from Ban Naphia, also known as War Spoon Village, in Laos.
The 32-year-old works alongside 30 other artisans at Article 22, a company that makes jewelry using Vietnam War–era bombs and scrap.
“Wars don’t end when history books say they do,” explains Elizabeth Suda, the founder of …..
Foreigners are prohibited from operating trading outlets or shops whose investment cost is less than 8 billion kip (US$983,380), so that small-scale businesses are reserved solely for Lao nationals, according to a new regulation.
Under the ruling, foreigners are prohibited from investing in a specific trading shop, convenience store, mini-mart, wholesale or ……
We are proud to announce that WIG is celebrating its 25th anniversary since its founding in 1990. We will be holding a garden reception to celebrate our 25th anniversary .
We look forward to welcoming both new and old members, and anyone who wants to learn more about WIG. This event is open to the general public, so bring your friends and enjoy a drink! DJ Sam is in charge of the party !
We’re happy to announce the dates for reserving stalls for the WIG Bazaar!
Stalls will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at JOMA PHONTHAN on the following six dates/times:
1. Monday, 12 October (9:00 – 11:00am); 2. Wednesday …….
We are happy to announce that the WIG Bazaar will be held on 7 November, 2015 at the National University of Laos Faculty of Engineering grounds (near Sokpaluang Road), from 10:00 to 17:00.
Stalls will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on four separate stall sale dates during the second and third weeks of October 2015. Details about the cost of stalls and stall sale dates/times will be …..
Police authorities have asked foreign visitors to learn the traffic regulations in Laos before driving here in order to avoid road accidents.
The road accidents information sector from Vientiane Police Office reported on Tuesday that the number of road accidents in Vientiane involving foreigners is still low but stressed that they require foreign visitors to learn the Lao traffic regulations before driving here.
“It is still a low number but looking at the reality on the streets every day and you can see that there are several foreigners riding bicycles, motorcycles or even cars breaking the traffic regulations. If it stays like this the ….
When Nara Pech called family in Canada for the last time, he said he was stuck at the Laos airport.
“They want me to leave the airport,” he said hurriedly, his voice recorded on a family member’s voicemail sometime after he was dropped off at the airport on Jan. 21.
“They don’t want anybody to know that I’m here. Tell them that the drivers, the taxi drivers, and everything are involved in this. The security guards, everybody. They’re trying to …..
The federal budget on Tuesday confirmed a mid-year review decision to reduce the aid program by an unprecedented $1 billion to $4 billion in 2015-16.
While aid to Pacific islands faced only tiny tweaks in the budget, east Asian countries fared badly with Vietnam, Burma, Laos and the Philippines facing ….
The Vientiane Police Headquarters Office revealed this week that there were 26 cases of crimes committed during the recent long holiday of Pi Mai Lao involving millions of kip.
Before the holiday Police and local security officials had warned the public to be on their guard against opportunist thieves on the streets, vehicle theft and social disorder over Pi Mai Lao and during the period there were ….
A body has been found in the search for a missing woman who vanished after a boat capsized on a river trip in Laos, south-east Asia.
Johanna Powell, from Cardiff, was reported missing on Saturday. The 37-year-old, a BBC Wales picture editor, was on a tourist boat on the Mekong River near Pak Beng.
Her brother-in-law Dean Price said the family was told she was asleep when the boat hit a rock in rapids causing it to tip, take on water and ….
Vientiane Rescue with its official name being the Foundation for Assisting Poor People of Laos is setting up the rescue hotline centre ‘1623′ in Nonghay village, Hadxaifong district, to provide urgent assistance to road accident victims over Lao New Year.
This is the second rescue centre to be established by the Foundation, with the first located in Thatluang village, Xaysettha district.
“I think the number of accidents will increase over Lao New Year on April 14, 15 and 16, especially as some drivers flout the traffic regulations by drinking and …..
Parts of Bangkok are at risk of getting submerged permanent in the next 30 years because due to land subsidence coupled with rising sea level, said Associate Professor Vichitbusaba Marom, a town planning expert at Thammasat University, on Friday.
She pointed out that sea level has been rising at an average of 5 mm annually while land in Bangkok has been subsiding at an average of …..
For those new to Laos, heading out in your car for the first time can be a daunting experience. Traffic rules differ to other countries and there are a lot of new driving techniques to learn. Parking can also be very confusing because of special rules and regulations unique to Laos.
In Vientiane and other cities there are …..
Couleur d’Asie has been open in it’s current form since mid-2014 and while many people we have spoken to have heard of the French influenced venue there seem to be very few who have actually visited.
The owner of the store, Vivian Inthavong, has called Vientiane her home for many years and her range of experience in style and interior design are clear from the moment you enter. Officially promoted as a ‘concept store’, Couleur d’Asie has a lot to offer: ….
Some nineteen foreigners were granted Lao nationality last year, reflecting a decline in applications to take up citizenship in recent years, a senior parliamentary official has said.
Nationals from five countries have made up the applications over the previous years, those being Vietnamese, Chinese, Indians, Pakistanis, and Thais.
However the numbers of applicants has decreased in recent years compared to a decade ago. In 2009, as many as ….
Some foreign nationals working in Vientiane have said that people living illegally in Laos will disappear when the national census begins on March 1.
The knowledge that the census is taking place may make some illegal foreign workers decide to skip town, particularly those from neighbouring countries, who may decide to hide from census staff.
“We will not ask foreigners whether they are …..
Vientiane Police Office reported last week that a Canadian man was found dead on the second floor of Wattay International Airport, Vientiane, on Thursday morning.
Chief of the office’s scientific crime sector, Major Amay Luangpakdy, said investigators found the deceased, aged 28, with three stab wounds to his body, including his stomach, left chest area and the right side of his neck.
The stab wound to the right side of his …..
Foreigners who have been living and working in Lao for over six months will be included in the 2015 national census, which is set to start on March 1.
The 2015 census will include every Lao and foreign national who is working in Laos, so that the statistics provide comprehensive information.
The census will run from …..
National Assembly members want the newly drafted law on migration management to satisfy those who are concerned about the influx of people from neighbouring countries.
The issue was among those most raised by NA members when debating the draft law on migration yesterday.
Sharing her experiences, NA member for Vientiane Dr Buakham Thipphavon began by referring to blacklisted people, suggesting the relevant authorities check the background of foreign investors to prevent …..
Release of U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report on the CIA’s Rendition, Detention and Interrogation Program:
U.S. citizens in Thailand should be aware that release of declassified versions of the executive summary, findings, and conclusions of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report of the CIA’s Rendition, Detention and Interrogation program could prompt anti-U.S. protests and violence against U.S. interests, including private U.S. citizens.
U.S. citizens should pay attention to their surroundings and take ….
The US Embassy has moved to a new larger site on the edge of the city close to the Mekong river, away from congestion in the centre of the capital.
The official opening ceremony for the new campus style facility, located in Somvangtay village of Hadxaifong district and which cost US$145 million, was held on Friday morning.
The embassy site of over two hectares includes a chancery, US Marines security guard residence, a …..
Women’s International Group (WIG)’s yearly calendar – A Glimpse of Laos 2015, featuring lovely photos of Laos, priced at 50,000 kip, or buy 5 GET ONE FREE! is still available while supplies last !!!!!
Available at Monument Books and across the street at Laos Textiles. Keep your eye out for 3 ladies in Red WIG T-shirts selling these great calendars. As well, WIG will have a stand at the …..
Many of our clients have requested to pay with Visa and Mastercard directly rather than providing payment by cash or by bank check.
So, a few days ago, J&C Services started accepting direct credit card payments for Visa and Mastercard. You will have the option to choose your preferred method of payment when purchasing any of our services (insurance, relocation, etc).
Thanks for the ongoing feedback as we keep improving our services !
Anne Barker, ABC correspondent, has documented the amazing story of Vientiane Rescue, a team of locals and expats in Vientiane volonteering their time and effort to save countless lives in this beautiful, but poor country.
Apart from the Vientiane Rescue Team, no medical assistance is available in Laos and police who are often the first to reach the accident scene are not trained in first aid.
The volunteers rely entirely on private donations to keep the emergency service running.
We want to help raise money to help this group purchase the Equipment needed to improve their skills and ability to help others. Read more here how you can help save lives.
Three foreign visitors were found dead in Vientiane last week and security officials are currently working to ascertain the cause of their deaths.
Those who died included one man from America and another two British nationals, also male. The two British nationals were reported deceased at a hotel on November 11 while the American was found dead on November 14.
Scientific crime officials then collected evidence from the scene including a small plastic bag of white powder, a hypodermic syringe as well as some …..
Then we want to hear your story! We are an international travel show looking for people who have recently decided to ditch their old country for a new one. We’d love to hear your story about the experiences you had to go through in order to make the move a reality.
If you have a fun story to tell about your ….
The driver of a truck trailer has been detained by Champassak provincial police after the vehicle overturned and killed a British tourist in Pakxong district on Tuesday.
The truck was carrying a container loaded with timber and was travelling from Xekong province to Pakxe district in Champassak province.
The truck was descending a hill near to a crossroads at …..
Singapore is the best destination in Asia for expatriates, and second in the world, according to a survey by HSBC Expat.
Switzerland took the No. 1 spot in the list of top 10 destinations, followed by Singapore, China, Germany and Bahrain.
“Thailand emerges from the 2014 Expat Explorer survey as the best destination for expats looking for an improved lifestyle at a low cost,” the British bank said. “Over two-thirds of expats say they associate Thailand with ….
“6 years already” … six years of providing services to the expat community in Laos ! Certainly a good reason to celebrate and so we did … the entire team of J&C Services !
We would like to thank our customers for your treasured support given to us. We value your patronage and appreciate your confidence in us. Your continued support and suggestions are a vital part of our growth. And for that, we are most grateful.
Thanks again! We look forward to ….
The volcanic soil of the South around the Bolaven Plateau has made coffee one of Laos’ largest exports. Inside the country, a sophisticated coffee culture is growing. Sabaidee Magazine followed the beans to some of their lesser-known destinations in Vientiane, away from the daily grind.Read more
Schools in Vientiane have tightened security after rumours have spread suggesting human organ traffickers are active in Laos.
The rumour – heavily circulated through social media, notably Facebook – suggested a group of organ traffickers has been kidnapping children and young adults to trade their organs.
An official from the Ministry of Public Security told Vientiane Times yesterday the ministry has not received any reports of kidnapping for human organ trafficking.
“We can’t say right now if the rumour has grounds or is groundless. We are requesting guidance about further ….
A French man was found dead in Donepamai village, Sisattanak district after he hanged himself at his house last Thursday.
Investigative police say they are unsure as to the motive for the suicide but said it must have been for personal rather than financial reasons.
Police did not find anything untoward at his house in Donepamai village, Sisattanak district, apart from …..
Vientiane Police Office issued a new warning to members of the public last Friday to be aware of gangsters breaking and entering to steal their valuables after a spate of incidents last month.
The office’s interrogative and investigative section reported that the problem of breaking and entering seems to be increasing in Vientiane, with 16 reported burglaries in May alone.
Gangs of thieves are targeting homes and businesses when nobody is around, especially those known to ….
Luang Prabang will shake off its sleepy low season on Sunday 1st June when it hosts a city-wide scavenger hunt, named ‘The Awesome Race’. Teams of 4 will run, bike, moto and tuk tuk across town racing against each other to win prizes and ultimate glory. Teams must decipher cryptic clues to make it to their next pit stop, facing challenges along the way…this is no marathon and a combination of brains, brawn, courage and speed will determine the winners with the slowest teams suffering elimination throughout the day.
Teams have the opportunity to win pit stop prizes, along with major prizes for overall winners thanks to …..
Retirement has changed radically over the last few decades in developed countries.
Years ago, when you expected to work most of your life for a single, large employer, you could count on a pension. Retirement planning meant figuring out how to use your free time when you stopped working, not calculating rates of return and deciphering tax rules. You didn’t have to worry.
Now though, its a different story. In the new modern world of transient employment and Countries of residence most workers are not enrolled in pension plans, and the numbers continue to drop as Company schemes continue to close or not be offered. Because fewer and fewer people enjoy the security ….
The government granted more work permits to foreign workers last year amid rising demand for a larger labour force to drive national economic development.
The Lao National Economic Research Institute released its latest economic outlook recently, showing that the government granted work permits to 5,663 foreign workers in 2013 as part of efforts to secure the manpower needed by an increasing number of foreign investment projects.
About 54 percent of the workers which received the work permits were from ….
Vientiane International School (VIS), the largest international school in Vientiane is currently reviewing their existing contract for food services.
Suitably qualified organizations and individuals are invited to submit details of their interest and capacity to provide services to the students, staff and community of VIS.
Interested parties are invited to attend an on-site briefing on Thursday 20th February 2014 at 3pm in the Sala Coffee Shop. To register for the briefing and to receive the information package, please contact …..
Since the 50′s, a lot has changed in way of women’s rights and their duties in and out of the house. I highly doubt any company could get away with phrases like “The Chef does everything but cook – that’s what wives are for!” nowadays.
Well, maybe I’m wrong, as today I found in my letter box an advertising leaflet with the following slogan: “To become the BEST WIFE & MOM in Laos” …. how to achieve this? You just need to buy the latest kitchen from iFurniture.
The vintage ads are sexist and not very appropriate (but still funny nonetheless), but how do you feel about the latest ….
Hundreds of local workers have been laid off at an Australian-operated gold mine in southern Laos following an announcement last year by company executives that the firm would cease mining the precious commodity due to rising costs.
About 400 of 4,000 workers at the MMG Lane Xang Minerals Limited Sepon mine in Savannakhet province were let go last week and paid compensation, a company officer told RFA’s Lao Service last week. Foreign employees, mostly experts, were also laid off last year, he said.
Work at the Sepon site will now focus on copper production, which had already generated …..
Immigration Police in North East Thailand have announced the start of a major crackdown on foreigners entering the country posing as tourists, who it believes are in fact working illegally in the Kingdom, said Pol Major General Chartchai Lamsaeng at a seminar for immigration officers held on Monday in Khon Kaen.
This latest crackdown is to also target foreign nationals on border runs and those who have re-entered Thailand a considerable number of times using tourist visas over a ……
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The government is examining its policies on Lao expatriates’ land ownership rights in Laos so those returning to their mother country can have a place to set up a permanent life.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Department of Lao Overseas Affairs Director General, Mr Thuan Vorasarn, spoke to Vientiane Times last week about possible changes to land laws related to Lao expatriates returning home.
Mr Thuan said about 160 former Lao residents had asked the government for permanent residency in Laos since 2011, 49 of whom had been approved. The rest are …..
Officials have warned those who plan to marry foreigners to follow legal marriage procedures, especially women who choose to leave Laos and reside in their fiancé’s country.
The warning came after reports emerged that many Lao women who got engaged to foreigners have left Laos and gone to live in their intended’s country without undergoing the correct procedure – several of whom have been reported as suffering from unexpected ill treatment from unfaithful partners.
Some of the women from this group are believed to have fallen victim to human trafficking as they were reported as having lost contact with their families at home since their …..
Sabaidee Magazine, one of Laos’ most popular travel and lifestyle publications, has revamped its design and content to incorporate a new 22-page listings section that can be used as a country guide by locals, expatriates and those passing through on holidays or business.
The new listings detail the best places to eat, drink, shop, sleep and relax in the main cities and visitor hotspots throughout Laos. Sabaidee also outlines a host of activities in their See & Do section that families, couples or friends can get up to.
Another desirable facet of the magazine is the extensive section reviews. Sabaidee’s writers regularly venture out to discover the newest, trendiest and most standout spas, eateries, entertainment venues, shops and ……
MMG Lane Xang Minerals Sepon workers face redundancies as the company considers reducing the size of its workforce after announcing an end to gold production next month.
The company, which operates the Sepon Copper and Gold mine in Savannakhet province, announced on Friday it was considering reducing the workforce in the mine to maintain a healthy business model after making the decision to halt gold production in December.
“Unfortunately, redundancies cannot be avoided. “For local employees these will be minimised and mitigated as far as possible through community development and livelihood programmes.” A representative for the company said workers who were laid off would receive …..
A British man who went missing after being swept away while swimming in Laos has been found dead, his friends have said.
John-Paul Conley, 35, from Middlesbrough, got caught in a strong current on Tuesday. He was in Laos as part of a round-the-world trip. Mr Conley was on holiday with his girlfriend Kate Downey, 29.
On Thursday Miss Downey said she remained hopeful he would be found alive as he was a “strong swimmer”. But his body was recovered by a fishing boat, Mr Ruddy said……
Each year, the highly successful WIG Bazaar brings together thousands of people from all walks of life within Vientiane, to eat, buy and sell, mingle and have fun amid a relaxed, fun atmosphere of local eateries, businesses big and small, International Organisations and Embassies. The support each year from these organisations and the public is nothing short of outstanding.
The flow on effects from an event like the Bazaar are significant. WIG will use the money raised from the Bazaar to fund highly successful Education and Medical Welfare Projects which benefit Lao Communities throughout Laos PDR. WIG’s reputation as a funding and support organisation grows each year, leading to greater numbers of Schools and Medical patients who benefit from WIG Project funding, partnering and planning…..
Scrolling through my phone’s app store, I discovered this very cool app teaching the basic of the Lao language.
The developer, Santi Anousaya, created this new app to assist and promote the learning of Lao basic alphabets, vowels, and numbers, all based on 1st grade learning materials. Santi adds that more learning materials (e.g. composite alphabets, composite vowels, accents, etc.) will be added in a future version.
It’s easy to use, not only you can see the Lao letters, but hear the ….
The British Embassy Vientiane held its first ever mobile visa clinic today. 14 applicants registered their biometric data and submitted their visa applications.
While there is insufficient demand to justify a full UK visa service in Vientiane, the mobile visa clinic, conducted four times a year, provides a cheaper alternative to travelling to Bangkok to submit a UK visa application. Customers arriving at the Embassy today provided their biometric data via digital fingerprint scanners and digital photographs, put their …..
A mobile UK visa application service will start in Lao PDR in September which will mean that residents of Lao PDR will no longer need to travel to Bangkok to make a UK visa application.
The British Ambassador to Lao PDR, Philip Malone, announced today that the new mobile visa clinic will be available approximately every 3 months at the British Embassy in Vientiane, the first to be held on September 26. “We are pleased to be able to introduce this service to residents of Lao PDR. The new service reflects the …
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Same-sex couples in France are not allowed to marry if one of the two is a Lao citizen or an expatriate of one of 11 countries, French officials said.
France signed agreements with the countries stipulating their expatriates are prohibited from marrying under France’s new gay marriage law passed in May.
The 11 countries are Laos, Poland, …..
Russia is returning to Indochina not as a seller of weapons, but by means of investment in these countries by increasing tourism, developing small and medium business and buying real estate. Growing wealth of the Russians, warm climate, and the decline of interest in the dangerous Middle East sector has led to a reorientation of their interest towards Thailand, Vietnam and Laos.
It is tourism, and not large business that plays a crucial role in the struggle for geopolitical influence in Indochina today. Indeed, in ….
New British Embassy building in Vientiane will be officially opened on 2 April, Ambassador Philip Malone told a press conference yesterday.
Following a 27-year absence, the UK re-established its presence in the Lao PDR with symbolic opening of the British Embassy in Vientiane on November 2012. Now four months on, the Embassy is fully established with a new team of staff in place and a renovated building on Rue Nehru.
To mark this fact, the Embassy is organising a weeklong series of events from April 2 to promote the UK’s return to Laos….
Last month, we launched our new menu. On Monday 21st January 2013, after weeks of slaving over new sundae recipes (which is a hard job but someone’s got to do it), training the staff, and designing the actual book, the “New and Improved” Love Life menu finally reached the tables.
It was, however, a bit of an anti-climax: that first day, the shop remained empty for most of the day, through to late afternoon and our usual rush hour. Thinking that maybe…
The Curious Adventures Of Setting Up A Business In Laos
Since I moved to Laos three years ago, I have been suffering from chronic culture shock. My jaw drops a least once a day. One such shock came when I first started house-hunting: in Laos, landlords asking for rent to paid in yearly instalments is standard. It can even be paid for longer terms. I long thought this was a special treatment reserved to foreigners. But I recently found …..
Why is cross-cultural awareness training important? When working with colleagues from other countries and cultures have you ever been frustrated by the fact that they do things in ways that are fundamentally different to your own? That their priorities in the workplace may differ to yours? That they seem to be sending you mixed messages—and that their body language is confusing?Read more
Thailand and Malaysia were the only Asian countries to place in the Top 10 of the favoured retirement destinations. Malaysia drew retirees to its shores with its tropical climate, low cost of living and cheap rents, similar factors that boosted Mexico and Costa Rica’s appeal to retirees. Thailand, praised for its “affordability, exotic locales and outdoor lifestyle,” placed ninth on an annual list of best countries for North Americans to retire to…..Read more
The Belgian government invited Dr Jean-Marie Hospied to become their resident representative here on March 12 this year. His appointment as Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Belgium in the Lao PDR, at Xieng Nuyen village (opposite the Lao and French Red Cross) in Vientiane, was officially accepted by the Lao government on Saturday.
Being a physician who specialises in tropical diseases and recognising that his skills would be in demand here, Dr Hospied established the French Embassy Medical Clinic in Simeuang village, Vientiane, in 2006 and has been a staunch member of the medical community ever since.
The principal duty of the Honorary Consul is to promote goodwill and friendship between ……
The newly opened sporting arena, called “New Arena” has proven to be a big hit among local and expat soccer players. More and more people are developing a strong interest in futsal for fun and fitness and play the game on pitches on weekends and in the evening.
The ‘New Arena’ is one of the first private sports complexes in Laos to feature modern equipment and covered fields which will allows to use the facility no matter the weather conditions.
The New Arena Sport Complex features ….
Both Coordinators of My Time, Clarissa Power (Manager Kongkhao, BSW) and Jan Burgess (Early Childhood Teacher, B.Ed) are aware of the need for young families to socialise. With this in mind they are trialling a morning group that will cater for children under school age.
The aesthetically pleasing garden and children’s play area at Kongkhao Restaurant and Gallery provides the ideal atmosphere for socialising. Parents can come and relax, network and learn from each other as well as their children.
Topics of interest will be explored and discussed on a regular basis as …..
Laos has held its first ever gay pride event in what supporters hope is a sign of softening social values in the small communist country.
Although homosexuality is legal in Laos, it is frowned upon by many among the socially conservative nation of around six million people, and event organisers decided against holding a parade as is common at global pride events.
Instead, around 100 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people gathered on a US embassy sports field in the capital Vientiane to watch performances relating to their marginalised position in society and sip beers provided by the capital’s handful of gay-friendly bars.
Laos is ranked 165th in the IFC’s Doing Business ranking for 2012, dropping from 163rd in 2011, despite the government having made key economic policy reforms.
One of the issues resulting in the drop in ranking is the difficulty businesses face when seeking credit or investment funding.
The Lao government has amended laws and created a ‘one-stop service’ for companies seeking investment permission and a business licence, which will become operational in October.
Are they a gang of reveling runner enthusiasts as their name implies or are the Hash House Harriers into something even more mysterious?
With their own argot, rituals, traditions, and leadership positions including titles like ‘Grand master’, ‘Religious Advisor’, and… ‘Hare’, one might expect something more insidious is going on, but in fact what they are at their core is a group of runners who enjoy a good nightcap.
They joke that they are ‘drinkers with a running problem’, but others emphasize that they are more like a tight family that helps each other. Some groups and people focus more on the running, while others are more into the social aspect, but every hasher expresses that all people are welcome as long as they have a good sense of humor and believe it if you are told to bring a dry bag.