Forty-five years ago, Laos’s communist government officially dropped the “R” sound from the Lao alphabet, calling it a symbol of foreign influence.Read more
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.Read more
Source: Vientiane Times The Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICAT) last Friday publicised a law on Performing Arts toRead more
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 …..