December 11, 2017

Saravan adds waterfalls to list of tourist attractions

Top stories

- Luang Prabang prepares warm welcome for Visit Laos Year 2018
Luang Prabang district: Aiming to promote the region’s culture, lifestyle, tourism products, sites and attract greater numbers of domestic and foreign guests, Luang Prabang provincial authorities are preparing special events for Visit Laos Year 2018. A press conference for Visit Laos Year 2018 in Luang Prabang province took place in the provincial capital and was attended by Deputy Provincial Governor of Luang Prabang, Mr Vongsavanh Thepphachanh, officials and guests. More >>>

- High-level dialogues, agreements hailed as Laos-Russia cooperation broadened
Cooperation efforts and the already close ties between Russian Federation and Lao People’s Democratic Republic had broadened in several aspects in the past 12 months, Ambassador to Laos Mikhail Baranov informed the nation’s news media Friday. The ambassador chaired an annual press conference to highlight the achievements in bilateral relations between the two countries to media and representatives from  government on Friday. . . More >>>

- Extreme poverty remains issue among vulnerable populations: WB
Among countries with high levels of extreme poverty, Laos needs to invest more in basic education and promote financial inclusion while strengthening social assistance and resilience to accelerate poverty reduction, the World Bank has said. Laos and Papua New Guinea, both nations with a significant extent of remote upland areas, were among countries categorised in the ‘lagging progress’ group with high levels of extreme poverty in the region. . More >>>

- Non-compliant clinics ordered to shut down temporarily
The Health Care Department of the Ministry of Health has ordered a temporary shutdown to an illegally-operated Chinese-owned-and -run clinic in the capital after authorities discovered that operations were in breach of the relevant regulations.
Chongshan clinic located near Lao –ITECC in the capital was ordered to shut down while another 12 foreign-linked clinics were being closely monitored after authorities discovered that their operations were in breach of the healthcare law, a health official said.  .. . More >>>

- River transport, signage among tourism improvements mooted
Government officials, private sector representatives and development partners discussed the nation’s tourism activities plan for 2018 at the Lao National Destination Management Network annual meeting 2017 (DMN) held on Friday in the capital.
The meeting reviewed efforts on destination management as well as facilitating idea sharing among government and private sector representatives on tourism activities going forward. The meeting gave authorities a chance to discuss with stakeholders the challenges facing tourism that had arisen in the past to guide and improve future efforts, Director General of the Tourism Marketing Department of the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Soun Manivong said.. . . More >>>

More news stories

- Champassak campaign shot in arm for vaccination efforts
Champassak province health authorities have targeted more than 18,480 children under 12 months of age to receive vaccinations against measles-rubella, polio and other diseases during 2018.
While the government is aiming for at least 95 percent of all children under one to be vaccinated nationwide, only 70 percent of infants in the age group of the province’s target villages have been immunised against measles-rubella, polio and other diseases thus far... . More >>>

 - Saravan adds waterfalls to list of tourist attractions
Saravan provincial authorities have identified  three natural waterfalls and plan to develop the sites to become new tourism attractions of the Lao-ngam district in the run up to Visit Laos Year 2018.
The provincial Information, Culture and Tourism Department is calling for efforts to attract more investment for the waterfalls’ development with environment protection to create an additional income for local communities and increase the number of local and foreign visitors.
The waterfalls are located in areas of Onnoy and Nambaeng villages. They are situated about 14km from the urban centre of Lao-ngam district, close to the road that links to Road No. 13 South.. . . More >>>

- Morning Market to Lao-ITECC bus service commences in capital
New regular bus services commenced between two of the capital’s retail hotspots on Friday after authorities approved results of a trial that began last month.
At 4000 kip per person each way, the buses provide an affordable and convenient way to travel from Lao-ITECC to the Morning Market and vice versa.
The buses provided by the local government of Kyoto, Japan boast 24 passenger seats with a total capacity of 50 passengers.
Director of the Vientiane State Bus Enterprise, Mr Khamphoune Temerath said the service is focused on safety first. All drivers have appropriate skills and experience, being tested on theoretical and practical performance and adherence to traffic rules and regulations before face a daily testing regimen to prove they are free of fatigue and intoxication... . . More >>>


Mekong countries call for accelerated action to eliminate malaria before 2030
Drug resistance is still the main concern for health authorities in Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. . . . More >>>


Dhamma guides students towards improved conduct, virtuous lives
Sharing the importance of leading people, especially youngsters, to a more virtuous life and contributing to human resource building and development was the aim of a Dhamma-dissemination and preaching effort led by the central Lao Buddhist Fellowship Organisation to students of Vientiane Secondary School. .. More >>>


Lao teacher brings new life to literacy programme
As an educator with 29 years of experience, Amphone Onxaivieng has seen many sides of local education. He was born and raised in Phonthong district, Champassak province and having. . . More >>>


Hard work, thriftiness - jewellery entrepreneur’s secrets of success
One of the country’s top jewellery shop owners, Mr Phouvong Phamisith, certainly believes in the merits of hard work and saving having often put in 15 hours a day to earn a living.  . . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Busan’s Asean Culture House promotes regional understanding in Korea
The Asean Culture House (ACH) not only enhances the Korean public’s understanding of the culture and society of Sout-East Asian countries but also helps visitors to learn more about their own rich culture. . More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Organic vegetables help family in remote area have better living standards
Growing organic vegetables can help supplement the income of people in rural areas without vocational skills and Mr Sythong Duangphasert’s family has benefited from this trend and moved out of poverty.. .. . . More >>>


Ministry delegation explores environmental education in Germany
Let's join in relates to a No Plastic! initiative in the city of Bonn, Germany. This tagline became the daily motto of a Lao Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MoNRE) delegation exploring environmental education. . More >>>


Embracing local nature, culture at Oudomxay’s must-see Nam Kat Yorla Pa
Imagine waking up fully refreshed nestled among soft sheets and comfortable pillows in a bedroom every bit as charming.. More >>>


Experts, business share practical taxation insights
Local and foreign business communities last week gathered for the first ever Lao Tax Forum to learn about the rapid and sweeping changes in value-added tax (VAT) and other taxation issues of concern.. . . More >>>


Winners of first Mekong River Commission photo contest announced
Mr Hieu Minh Vu of Vietnam won the top prize of US$500 in a photo contest organised by the Mekong River Commission while the second prize of US $300 was won ... .. More >>>


People affected by railway project still waiting for compensation
More than 30 families in Dongxiengdy village of Naxaithong district, Vientiane, who have been displaced by the Laos-China railway project are yet to be paid compensation.
..More >>>

World news

Cambodian PM appointed as global ambassador for tourism
PHNOM PENH (Xinhua) -- The European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) has appointed Cambodian Prime Minister SamdechTecho Hun Sen .....More >>>


China and Laos: Working together for a community with a shared future and strategic significance
At the invitation of Bounnhang Vorachit, Secretary General of the Central Committee of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and President of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, I will soon pay a state visit to the Lao PDR.. .More >>>


How important is dubbing films into Lao to promote the local language and film industry?
Lao movie buffs love watching films, but most are made overseas and dubbed in neighbouring countries’ languages. . .... More >>>


Local athletes focusing on Asian Games
Lao sporting federations are eagerly training athletes for the national squad that will compete at the Asian Games in Indonesia next August.. ... More >>>

Dining Out

Europe Steak House is perfect destination for food lovers
A wonderful dinner on the occasion of the Lao National Day earlier this month totally answered my question on why my mother usually asked my sisters to bring her to the Europe Steak House for a meal... . More >>>

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