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That Luang Festival Honours Vientiane’s Grand Stupa

People come from all over Laos and from other countries to attend the annual That Luang festival in Vientiane and pay homage to the That Luang, also known as the Grand Stupa, with Buddhists hoping to attend the event at least once in their lifetime.

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Proceeds From Our “Save Lives, Save Laos” Project Being Distributed To The Local Community

We are proud to announce that today we made another contribution to the Solidarity Canteen in Luang Prabang to the value of 4,000,000 kip. We carefully selected from the various options, and we love the “grassroot” approach of the Solidarity Canteen.

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First Laos Green Coffee Competition is Underway

The first green coffee competition ever to take place in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic is underway, part of a broad multi-stakeholder effort to boost the country’s agricultural sector and forge international market connections.

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Coming soon! The Homes, Loans & Lifestyle EXPO – December 4, 5, 6 2020

The Homes, Loans, and Lifestyle Expo will see 100+ companies under one roof at the NCC in Vientiane Capital and is set to welcome 10,000+ guests from across Laos, the ASEAN region, and Mainland China

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Luang Prabang Film Festival’s Lao Filmmakers Fund Awards Seven Grants To Local Film Projects

A psychological thriller about a young woman experiencing trauma and two new features from first-time directors are among those to win support from the 2020 Lao Filmmakers Fund

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Top 3 Expos Of Laos Postponed To 2021 Due To Covid-19 Crisis

The organisers of the top three expos of Laos have announced that LaoBuild 2020, Lao Food & Hotel 2020 and LaoCafe 2020 have been rescheduled to June 17-19, 2021 in line with the government’s Covid-19-related restrictions.

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Summer Camps 2020 (Vientiane & Nearby)

We’ve made a compilation of some of the best and most popular camps happening in Vientiane and nearby to keep your little ones engaged over the summer break

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Laos Cancels Public Events Including Lao New Year Celebrations on COVID-19 Fears

Authorities in Laos are urging the public to suspend or postpone all “unnecessary” social events including weddings and Lao New Year celebrations in an attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Events in December by J&C Marketing

Marketing is the major reason why one product can be sold for 2 extremely different prices even though the cost

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And The Winners for the Lucky Draw Prestige Motor Insurance Are…

The Lucky Draw was held on 1st October at 10am at the office of J&C Services Sole Co. Ltd, at Villa LuBeDu, Ban Saphanthong Tai, Vientiane in the presence of Mr. Suthee Vitthayagovit, COO and Mr Sodsy Sithilath, Account Manager, APA Insurance.
We are happy to announce the lucky winners:

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The Changing Landscape of TV In Laos – Don’t Leave Your Favourite TV Show Behind

Finding your home comforts in Laos isn’t always easy. Your favourite TV shows, however, are not out of reach!

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The History of Kham Thong Luang

While traveling throughout Laos in search of historical artefacts in 2006, researchers made an unusual discovery. In a small town in remote, southern Salavan Province, they came across an old palm-leaf manuscript composed entirely in verse.

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Laos’ First Ever Specialized Real Estate Investment Show Launches This 1st & 2nd March!, in partnership with the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI) and Laos’ leading online marketplace,, is excited to announce it will be hosting the country’s first real estate investment expo at Don Chan Palace Hotel on Friday & Saturday, the 1st and 2nd of March, 2019.

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Lao Companies Enjoy Success At Asean Business Awards

The 12th Asean Business Awards (ABA) Gala Dinner took place on the night of November 12 last week, shining a spotlight on some of the many successful enterprises from a variety of industry sectors from across the region.

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Plain Of Jars Potential As Unesco World Heritage Site Considered

A meeting will be held this week in Xieng Khuang province to report on the progress made for the consideration of the Plain of Jars (Thong Hai Hin) as a potential UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Lao-Swiss Music, Dance Performed In Vientiane

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.

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Luang Prabang Film Festival Opens Call for 2018 Talent Lab

The Luang Prabang Film Festival (LPFF) has announced that it is accepting applications for its 2018 Talent Lab, led by Tribeca Film Institute® (TFI). The Lab, which will train Southeast Asian filmmakers on grant writing and project pitching, will be held during the opening weekend of the ninth annual festival, which will take place 7-12 December 2018.

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J&C Celebrates A Decade Of Success

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.

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Major To Open New Cinema In Laos

Vicha Poolvaraluck, chief executive of Major Cineplex, said he signed the deal with Thatnakhone Thammavong, president of TK Group and Lao World Plc, an owner of ITECC Mall, to open the new state-of-the-art cinema.

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Laos Movie Industry Begins To Flower After Decades Of Neglect

In Laos, one of the poorest nations in the world, the local film industry is beginning to flower after decades of being virtually non-existent. Local directors are creating critically acclaimed films despite limited resources

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Tourism And Development Threaten Laos’ French Traditions

It remains a jewel of French colonial architecture, you can savor some of the best croissants and baguettes east of Paris here, and even toddlers still learn the language of their bygone rulers. Luang Prabang, tucked into a river valley in the heart of Laos, survives as one of the last bastions of the old French Indochina.

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Baci Ritual: A Centrepiece Of Lao Culture

The baci or Sou khuan is a well-known traditional ritual and has a deep meaning for Lao people.
The baci ceremony is reminiscent of Brahmanism and animism. It follows the belief that the human being’s main body parts are inhabited by 32, or even more, spirits. In some circumstances, these spirits may leave the body to wander around and get lost in the universe, thus causing you to become weak and vulnerable to danger.
It’s therefore important to call the missing spirits back, so you can be yourself again. This ceremony is performed on important occasions such as births…..

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What Languages Are Spoken In Laos ?

Lao, also called Laotian, is the official as well as the dominant language in Laos. Migration and conflict have resulted in the present ethnic composition of Laos and to the geographical diffusion of its ethnic groups. 86 languages have so far been documented in the country as used by its various ethnic groups. French and English are identified as minority languages in Laos.

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Luang Prabang Film Festival Announces 2017 Talent Lab

The Luang Prabang Film Festival (LPFF) has announced that it is looking for applicants for its 2017 Talent Lab for Southeast Asian filmmakers, to be led by Tribeca Film Institute® (TFI). The Lab, which will focus on grant writing and project pitching, will be held during the opening weekend of the eighth annual festival, which will take place 8-13 December 2017.

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Luang Prabang Film Festival Announces 2017 Dates, Releases Design

The Luang Prabang Film Festival (LPFF) has announced that its eighth annual event will take place on 8-13 December 2017. The festival, which celebrates Southeast Asian cinema every December in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang, Laos, will feature a range of feature film screenings, short film programs, panel discussions, and events.

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Five Bans to be Strictly Enforced During Lao New Year

The Government issued five public bans for Lao New Year celebration last week, in an effort to maintain social order and promote and preserve Lao traditions and culture.
Firstly, state offices and the general public nationwide have been asked to organise a farewell party to BE 2560 in accordance with the longstanding traditional culture of Laos and the government’s policies throughout the five-day celebration from 13 to 17 April.

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Luang Prabang Film Festival Goes From Strength To Strength

Luang Prabang, the well-preserved northern capital of Laos, doesn’t have a single working cinema. But over the first week of December, the streets of its Unesco-sanctioned historic district filled with cinephiles hailing from all over the region and beyond for the latest edition of Luang Prabang Film Festival, or LPFF.
Thirty-two feature films were screened, which ended on Dec 7, all of them from the Asean nations of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, ……

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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 …..

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Stunning Wax Castle Procession Reflects Rich Lao Culture

Thousands of people gathered yesterday for the grand wax castle procession, one of the main features of the annual That Luang festival and among the country’s cultural highlights.
The festival has become more widely known over the years and more and more foreigners make a point of coming to Vientiane for this very special and uniquely Lao event.
This year’s festival holds greater significance than usual as it marks the 450th anniversary of the …..

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WIG Bazaar 2016 To Return In November

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 …..

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Police Outline Boat Racing Festival Security

The Vientiane Traffic Police Department will station some 300 police around the capital’s downtown from October 11-17 to ensure public safety during this year’s boat racing festival.
This year 300 police officers will be on duty at 66 police posts in Sikhottabong, Sisattanak and Chanthabouly districts.
The police officers will be stationed inside the festival area and in vehicles outside…..

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J&C Services’ Lucky Draw Promotion: These Are The Winners !

“My warmest congratulations to the winners and many thanks to Mr. Raymond, CEO of Toko Assurance, for his continues support and the professional partnership between Toko Assurance and J&C Services”, says Stephan Aeschbach, J&C Services’ Senior Partner. “We have been celebrating the opening of our new office space together with our clients. Every client purchasing an insurance policy were entitled to a chance winning one of the exciting prizes in our lucky draw.”
The winners are: ……

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Vientiane Rescue Prepares For Boat Racing Festival

Over 20 volunteers from Vientiane Rescue 1623 are performing drills to assist anyone in the water in preparation for this year’s boat racing festival in the capital next month.
Vat Chan Festival is the largest boat racing competition in Laos and takes place annually the day after Buddhist Lent ends. This year’s festival falls on October 17.
A senior officer with Vientiane Rescue 1623 under ….

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Hurry Up, Get Insured And Participate In Our Lucky Draw !

Just a few more days before we shall draw the lucky winners ! So hurry up, get insured and participate in our Lucky Draw !
Get ready for the ultimate entertainment experience with this new Samsung Full HD TV 40″ ! Or with the Samsung Galaxy Tablet A, one of the most sought-after gadgets currently on the market; or keep in touch with your friends using the Samsung Galaxy J3 phone.
“We celebrate the opening of our …..

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Obama Regrets ‘Biggest Bombing In History’

The bombs, as one Laotian described it, “fell like rain”, US President Barack Obama said Tuesday on a visit to Laos, a first for any sitting US president.
“Given our history here, I believe that the United States has a moral obligation to help Laos heal,” he said.
He referred to America’s secret and devastating bombing of Laos during the Vietnam War in the 1960s and 70s.
Some $90m (£68m) will be spent over ….

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Police Clearing Roads For Asean Summits

Police officers commenced clearing vendors, stalls and parked vehicles along main roads in the capital on Friday in preparation for the Asean Summits from September 6-8.
According to the Vientiane Traffic Police Department over 350 officers will serve around the capital in an effort to reduce congestion and ease movement for foreign delegates and residents alike during the ….

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Join The International Women’s Boat Racing Team !

The International Women’s Boat Racing Team is calling for people interested in joining their team to participate in the boat racing festival, planned for Monday Oct. 17 this year.
The International Women’s Team is a joint team comprised of international and Lao women, and women from Saifongneua Village.
People joining the team should be prepared to …

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Restoration Beautifies National Icon: Hor Pha Keo Museum

A visit to Hor Pha Keo often inspires visitors to delve into Laos’ rich past with the site being the former resting place of the revered Emerald Buddha.
The Hor Pha Keo temple or museum is one of the most respected places in Laos and is also open for visitors to explore its antiquities. Hor Pha Keo is one of the oldest buildings in Vientiane and was used as a ….

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Four-Day Lao New Year Holiday Announced

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 ……

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The Mini Vientianale International Short Film Festival returns to the silver screen from March 11-13 2016. The festival showcases an exciting line-up of national and international short films to the Vientiane community both indoors for daytime screenings and under the stars in the evenings at the Cinema Department, off Khouvieng Road.
The final evening of the festival will be……

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Retelling A Great Lao-Thai Tale

Sinxay is a story which appears in slightly different versions with slightly different names in Mon, Thai, Lao and Khmer. The plot is a classic quest in which a hero prince is banished by the machinations of evil siblings, travels long through forest and mountain, defeats many fearsome enemies, and is eventually celebrated in a great homecoming.
Old versions were written in verse for recitation at ….

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Vat Phou Festival: Plenty Of Accommodation Available

Visitors to the Vat Phou festival in Champassak province need not worry about accommodation as hotels and guesthouses are not yet fully booked, an official has confirmed.
Hotels and guesthouses are not fully booked due to a reduction in the number of foreign tourists visiting Vat Phou at present.
This year, Vat Phou festival will take place from …..

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From Bombs to Bracelets, This Jewelry Line Is Clearing Land Mines

“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 …..

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FLOW, A Photography Exhibition By Ore Huiying

FLOW, a photography exhibition by Ore Huiying, will be held at i:cat gallery, 16: 230-231 Settathirath Road, Ban Si Muang, Vientiane, Lao PDR from 12 October (6.30pm onwards) to 12 November 2015.
The photographs are reflections on the existence and absence of religion in modern Laos and Cambodia. FLOW was created as Ore travelled overland from Vientiane to Phnom Penh, with the Gautama sculpture and the Kasaya canvas artwork.
The artist Ore Huiying says: “The images in FLOW are …

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WIG Bazaar 2015

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 …..

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Top 10 Lao Dishes You Must Try !

In Laos, food is the most important activity throughout the day. In the local language, it is quite common for people to greet each other by immediately asking, “Have you eaten food?” (“Kin khao laeo bor?”). Food is often the topic of many conversations, especially when eating and sharing dishes between friends and family. Additionally, Lao people take great passion in sharing traditional dishes with curious travelers.
Lao people were originally ……

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Major Cineplex Group Is Expanding In Laos, Aiming To Have 30 Movie Screens Within Three Years

Entering the country of 7 million people through its partner Platinum Cineplex, Thailand’s largest movie-theatre operator Major Cineplex Group formed a 60:40 joint venture to open its first five movie screens in Vientiane, for a total investment of about Bt75 million.
“We expect at least 500,000 movie tickets will be sold in the ……

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Major Improvement, Platinum Experience

Less than one week, after months of rumours, on August 6, 2015, the Major Platinum Cineplex Theater finally opened its doors to the public at Vientiane Center. I was very excited to see how the whole experience would compare. Nonetheless, I set my expectations low. After all, Vientiane is already equipped with two ….

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A Unique Theatre Event: Shakespeare’s Globe Theater From London Present Hamlet in Vientiane!

On 23 April 2014 – the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth – Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre (London) embarked upon a two-year global tour, to present Hamlet to every country in the world. The ‘Globe to Globe Hamlet’, directed by the Globe’s Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole, is a completely unprecedented theatrical adventure. On July 10 they will play in Vientiane! Their stay in Vientiane is supported by ….

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Arts Incubator Program: Public Art And The Collective Conscience

The American Arts Incubator program is sponsoring a visual artist and muralist, David Burke to collaborate with local artists, community members, and create public art or small art projects for groups in Laos.
There will be a number of grants available, $500 each, given to small organizations who will work with David on an art project for their organization.
There will be an introductory talk and tuning in to the program on Monday 18 May at 6:00 pm at i:cat gallery. This will be followed by a four day art and ideas …..

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i:cat Gallery Hosts Exciting New Art Exhibition

The ongoing exhibition ‘Bylines’, staged by the i:cat gallery in Vientiane, features intriguing drawings and paintings by four artists and depicts the lifestyles of Lao people.The intricate pieces have been created by Ms Ji Hyun Lim, Ms Jenny Thorncraft, Ms Elizabeth (Lizz) Card, and Lao artist Mr Khomsavath Aphayavong.
Ms Ji Hyun Lim, an artist originally from the Republic of Korea, has lived in Vientiane for two years with her family. She has supplied 25 artworks for the ……

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Blooming Champa Awaiting To Amaze Visitors This Weekend

Lao frangipani collector Dr Outhaki Chounlamany-Khamphoui will officially open her impressive garden tomorrow to visitors after spending many years collecting different frangipani species from around the world.
The Amazing Champa Blooming 2015 will feature 5,000 beautiful frangipani trees with more than 200 species from around the world, along with singing and dance performances, poetry readings plus stalls and other activities during the …..

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Vientianale International Film Festival: Full Screening Programme

Vientianale International Film Festival returns to the silver screen from March 12 to 15, 2015. The festival will showcase an exciting line-up of Lao and international feature-length and short films to the Vientiane community under the stars outside the Cultural Hall in the evenings, and at the Cinema Department’s movie theatre during the daytime.
The annual film festival celebrates the art of film and the diversity of Lao culture, and has emerged as an important platform for local filmmakers to screen their works: …..

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Vientianale International Film Festival Returns 12-15 March 2015

Vientianale International Film Festival returns to the silver screen from March 12 to 15 2015. The festival will showcase an exciting line-up of Lao and international feature-length and short films to the Vientiane community under the stars at the Cultural Hall outdoor event space in the evenings. Daytime screenings will be held at the Cinema Department, Vientianale’s long-term partner.
The annual film festival celebrates the art of film and the diversity of Lao culture, and has emerged as an important platform for local filmmakers to screen their works. This year’s festival will showcase recent films from …..

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