Airport Staff Prepare For Arrival Of First Tourists

The government is preparing Covid control measures to be put into practice when the country reopens to tourists on January 1, as well as readying designated travel zones for visitors.

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Green Travel Zones Of Laos Ready To Welcome Visitors

Several tourist sites located within green travel zones in provinces across Laos are ready to welcome visitors from next month under “new normal” conditions amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Chinese Embassy In Laos Cracks Down Soaring Intl Air Ticket Prices

Rising international ticket prices have triggered a new round of crackdowns, with yet another embassy taking measures to curb skyrocketing airfares while also strengthening the supervision of ticket sales channels.

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Thai-Lao Bridge In Nong Khai Remains Closed Over Omicron Fears

A plan to reopen an international bridge linking Thailand and Laos in Nong Khai has been deferred indefinitely as the Thai government tightens measures to curb the spread of the fast-growing Omicron variant.

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Korean Company To Carry Out Feasibility Study For Upgrade Of Luang Prabang International Airport

The government has given the green light to the Korea Airport Corporation (KAC) to carry out a feasibility study for the upgrade of Luang Prabang International Airport

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Govt To Open Doors To Visitors From 17 Countries

Travel destinations will be limited because of the difficulties involved in opening up the whole of the country while Covid control measures are in place.

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PM’s Office Approves Resumption Of Tourism On January 1

The Prime Minister’s Office on Wednesday officially set January 1 as the start of the resumption of tourism in Laos and approved an action plan on the designation of green travel zones where tourists will be protected against Covid-19.

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Thailand To Open Nong Khai Land Border With Laos

Travellers will be allowed to enter by land (at Nong Khai’s border checkpoint, starting 24 December, 2021), air and sea provided that they meet the vaccination and testing requirements.

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LaoSafe To Drive Improvements In Health And Hygiene Practices

LaoSafe comprises a series of health and hygiene standards for different subsectors of the tourism and hospitality industry

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Ministries To Outline Plans To Reopen Laos

The Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism was assigned to work with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control and other relevant bodies to draw up a standardised plan for the reopening process.

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Ministry Mulls Route Of Vientiane-Vietnam Expressway

The government is discussing the planned route of an expressway running from Vientiane through Xaysomboun, Xieng Khuang and Huaphan provinces to the Vietnamese border.

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New Bokeo International Airport Expected To Be Completed In Months

The construction of new Bokeo International Airport with capability of accommodating 200-seat aircraft such as Airbus A320, Boeing 737 and ATR-72 is expected to take a few months to complete.

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Vientiane-Hanoi Expressway Under Study

The Lao and Vietnamese governments are considering the feasibility of building an expressway linking Vientiane to Hanoi, with assistance from the government of Japan.

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Land, Air Travel Suspended To Comply With Covid Restrictions

Passengers on public transport, whether wanting to travel by road or air from or to Vientiane, will have to wait another 11 days after city authorities announced a lockdown on Sunday.

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Laos Govt Approves Vientiane-Pakse Expressway Route Selection

The Lao government has recently approved the route selection for Vientiane-Pakse Expressway Project recommended by a Chinese engineering company.

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Vientiane-Pakxe Expressway Awaiting Govt Approval

Construction of the Vientiane-Pakxe expressway will go ahead after the government gives the green light for the proposed route, when feasibility studies on all sections of the highway will begin.

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Korea Airports Corporation To Enter Korea’s First Airport Development Project In Laos

The Ministry of Planning and Investment of Laos selected Korea Airports Corporation as a feasibility study provider for the Luang Prabang airport development project.

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After A Day Of Confusion, Govt Dismisses Capital’s Lockdown Proposal

The government has decided not to lock down Vientiane after considering a request by city authorities to impose the drastic measure until the end of this month.

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Do’s & Don’t If You Have An Accident In Laos

For foreigners, driving in Laos can be very different to driving in their home country. Motorbike riders frequently drive on the wrong side of the road and cars do not always respect Lao road rules. Those new to the country will need to take great care to avoid accidents.
If an accident does occur, here are some tips on what to do & not to do:

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Ministry Seeks Changes To Expressway Toll, Currency Exchange Rates

The Investment Promotion Department of the Ministry of Planning and Investment has advised the Laos-China Joint Expressway Development Co., Ltd. to revise the toll rate currently charged for pick-up trucks and also the dollar-kip exchange rate

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Expressway Operator Clarifies Toll Charges

All vehicles using the newly-opened Vientiane-Vangvieng expressway must pay the set toll rates, except in the case of an emergency or accident, when specially designated ambulances can enter free or charge.

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China-Laos Railway Tracks Laid To Luang Prabang, Achieving Yearly Goals

The China-Laos railway tracks have successfully extended from Lao capital Vientiane to northern Laos’ transport hub Luang Prabang on Tuesday, thus accomplishing all the construction targets set at the beginning of 2020.

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More Domestic Tourists Rush To Vangvieng Amid Covid-19 Restrictions

Tourists from Vientiane and other nearby provinces are rushing to Vangvieng district for a short break despite the suspension of the Vangvieng Music Festival to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Thailand Could See Tens Of Thousands Of New Daily COVID Cases By Next Month: CCSA

Thailand could see tens of thousands of new COVID-19 cases per day by mid January, if people fail to follow the preventive guidelines issues to combat the spread of the virus.

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Vientiane-Vangvieng Expressway Officially Open For Motorists

Motorists will now have the convenience of travelling from Vientiane to Vangvieng in an hour following the opening of a new expressway linking the capital to the popular tourist destination on Sunday.

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Thai Embassies Scrap 500k THB Financial Requirement For Single Entry Tourist Visa

The Thai embassies in London and Washington appear to have scrapped the recent requirement for foreigners applying for a Single Entry Tourist Visa (SETV) to show proof of funds totalling 500,000 THB or equivalent.

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Single Entry Tourist Visa To Thailand Now Requires Foreigners To Show Funds Of 500’000 THB

Foreigners who wish to apply for a Single Entry Tourist Visa (SETV) to Thailand are now required to provide 6 months worth of bank statements showing a bank balance of at least 500,000 THB.

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International Border Crossings Remain Closed To Ordinary Travellers: Latest Update

The Prime Minister’s Office issued the update on Saturday, relaxing some of the restrictions in a bid to gradually normalise the situation and mitigate economic impacts.

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Laos To Launch Fast-Track Immigration Service For China Soon

Incomers are expected to spend a shorter time in quarantine; Authorities are also considering the use of electronic tracking devices

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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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J&C Insurance To Provide Property Insurance For Villa Maydou And Maison Houng Chanh In Luang Prabang

The Villa Maydou Boutique Hotel is one of the most charming residences in Luang Prabang, where you can enjoy a traditional Laotian atmosphere.

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Lao Airlines To Resume Flights On Vientiane-Hanoi Route

State-run Lao Airlines plans to soon resume its international service from Vientiane to Hanoi in Vietnam, with two flights a week on Mondays and Fridays.

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Insurance Cover for USD100,000 Stipulated for all Returning Foreigners To Thailand

The regulations state that passengers must show they have medical insurance which applies in Thailand and covers anything and everything to do with covering COVID19. The minimum medical coverage in Thailand is for an amount of not less than USD100,000.

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International Flights To Thailand Won’t Resume Until September, Says Aviation Authority

Thailand Civil Aviation Authority (CAAT) has said it will be September before international flights to and from the country resume.

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Lao’s Bucket List

Whether you have lived in Lao for a long time, recently moved here, or are just passing through there are some things in Laos that you just can’t miss. Here we have listed a few of our personal highlights

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Work Completed On Laos’ Third Longest Tunnel For Railway Link With China

Work on the country’s third longest tunnel at Namor district in Oudomxay province, which is part of the Laos-China Railway Project and has a length of 9020 metres, has been completed.

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Lockdown Eased, But Thailand Remains Closed To Foreign Tourists For Another Month

Though Thailand will allow some businesses to reopen from Friday (May 1), the country is still not ready to welcome foreign tourists, say government officials.

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Vientiane Bus Suspends All Services

Vientiane State Bus Enterprise (VSBE) suspended its services on every route in Vientiane and to other provinces yesterday following the cancellation of international routes on March 23.

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Northern Laos Province Closes 10 Border Crossings With Vietnam

Authorities in northern Laos’ Huaphan province on Sunday (March 15) called for the temporary closure of 10 traditional border crossings with Vietnam

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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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Bangkok Airways announces flight suspensions VTE-BKK

Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited has announced a decrease in flight frequency as well as flight termination on certain domestic and international routes to be in line with current passenger demand.

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Thailand Turns To China For High-speed Rail Boost

China has become a major player in the railway industry and, as a result, many countries — including Thailand — are working with China to develop their own high-speed rail networks.

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Laos Plans To Begin Work On Laos-Vietnam Railway in 2021

On behalf of the Lao Government, the Ministry of Planning and Investment and PetroTrade signed a memorandum of understanding on October 15 to study and complete a detailed design of the railway.

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Boat Races To Take Place In Front of Landmark Hotel

This year’s boat races will take place on a stretch of the Mekong River near the Landmark Mekong Riverside Hotel, in a change of plan announced on Thursday.

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Beat The Heat – Best Public Pools In Vientiane

Although cooling down under a cool lush waterfall is a long lost dream, there are several beautiful pools available throughout Vientiane city.

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Thailand Resisting Falling Into Rail Debt Trap

Despite Thailand’s vow to rely on domestic funding as it expands its network of high-speed railways, it could soon accept the offer of a low-interest loan from the Export-Import Bank of China (CEXIM), raising concerns about whether the country is on the verge of falling into a debt trap.

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